SIX: The New Historic Musical Remix Everyone’s Losing Their Heads Over

The North American Tour Aragon Company of SIX. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Divorced. Beheaded. Dead. Divorced. Beheaded. Survived.

SIX is the new historic musical remix that everyone is losing their heads over.

It could be the same old tragic tale of Tudor royalty, but the way SIX is performed is perfect for modern audiences, popping with catchy music and female empowerment.

The North American Tour Aragon Company of SIX. Photo by Joan Marcus.

It’s a retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII, but presented as a concert spectacle, with each of the SIX — Catherine of Aragon (Khaila Wilcoxon), Anne Boleyn (Storm Lever), Jane Seymour (Jasmine Forsberg), Anna of Cleves (Olivia Donalson), Katherine Howard (Didi Romer0), and Catherine Parr (Gabriela Carrillo) — taking turns sharing through song why their time with Henry deserves to win the most respect.

Whether banished from court, beheaded, died in childbirth, humiliated for their looks, called to account for their past, or unable to refuse the King despite wanting another, each had her struggles, and each was a force connected by the same man.

In many ways, SIX is better than Hamilton, that other educational musical everyone raves about.

SIX is quick-witted and flashy, diving into the stories of each wife with a unique (but always understandable) tune that could turn into its own earworm, but also blends so seamlessly into the fantastic finale.

It has humor. It has glamour. It has six sets of pipes that deserve to be on full display. And at 80 minutes (with no intermission), it’s a bite-sized history lesson that is more of a concert than a play — and leaves audiences spellbound for all SIX.

SIX features an all-woman cast and all-woman band. It has won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award® for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. SIX is on stage at National Theatre for dates through September 4th.