It’s the moment of truth! Who will reign supreme? The six queens from the Tony Award-winning musical, Six, is coming to Los Angeles! From May 9th to June 10th, 2023, the critically-acclaimed British comedy musical makes its debut at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles! Loosely based on the wives of King Henry VIII, Six will highlights six pop divas who will battle it out on stage for the chance to become the band’s lead singer. The show features the Drama Desk award-winning score by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Apart from the fantastic music, the show also contains a fascinating and slightly familiar storyline, especially if you know your English history! So hurry and grab your tickets now to see Six at the Pantages Theatre! Where else can you see a remarkable musical complete with pop divas, love, marriage, betrayal, and beheadings?
Six features six queens in a singing competition and the winner will become the lead singer of the band. But what’s the catch? The competition will be won by the queen who was treated the worst by her husband! This show is a modern retelling of how England’s most notorious playboy treated his wives. Maybe you’ve seen the Tudors or the Other Boleyn Girl. King Henry VIII’s notorious philandering has been depicted many times, but you’ve never seen a show like this! Queen Catherine of Aragon was famously annulled by Henry VIII so he could marry the enchanting Anne Boleyn. However, Anne fails to provide Henry with a male heir. Frustrated, King Henry began courting Jane Seymour. But before he marries his third wife, he executes Anne Boleyn for her alleged adultery. They say third time’s a charm, but not for Henry! After his annulment with Jane, he later marries Anne of Cleves, but this, too, ended in a failed marriage. Katherine Howard steps into the picture, but like Anne Boleyn, she is also beheaded. Alas! Henry marries his last wife, Catherine Parr. But what happens if all these queens are together on one stage and competing against each other? Who will win the coveted lead singer position? Find out when you come and see Six at the Pantages Theatre!
Six’s outstanding original score embodies pop music that we all love today. Many songs have a high-energy appeal with humorously dark titles, such as “Don’t Lose Your Head” and “Ex-Wives.” The six queens who simultaneously appear in the same competition are reincarnated modern personas of today’s biggest pop stars. Some audiences may find the queens exude characteristics of Avil Lavigne, Adele, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and even Celine Dion! However, as the competition starts, the queens are virtually done with Henry as they realize they do not need their husband to feel validated and empowered. Thus, the queens perform the powerful song, “I Don’t Need Your Love.”
In 2017, Six opened at Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a small production. The musical was conceptualized by Cambridge University students Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss after attending a Beyonce concert. Marlow was inspired by Antonia Fraser’s the Six Wives of Henry VIII, while Moss drew ideas from the Six Wives documentary by Lucy Worsley. With a meager budget, Moss and Marlow produced the musical packed with emotional and powerful ballads. The venues used for the original production were church halls, pubs, and street corners, while performers wore cheap fast fashion dresses. Despite the small production, the show garnered praise from viewers. After attracting a number of producers, esteemed choreographer Carrie-Anne Ingrouille and composer George Stiles joined the team. Six debuted at London’s West End with four performances in less than a year since it opened at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The following year, Six toured England with performances in Norwich, Glasgow, and a phenomenal return to Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
“Gloriously-persuasively-coherent, confident, and inventive” – The Telegraph
“Pure entertainment… wickedly smart… terrific singers” – New York Times
“Six carries out a joyful and anachronistic takedown of the patriarchy… brilliant” – Broadway World
Six’s inventiveness and energy were not overlooked. Thus, the musical finally held its first seasonal run at London’s West End in 2019. The production crossed the seas and embarked on its first U.S. tour, followed by another U.K. tour, and an Australia and New Zealand run in 2020 and 2021. Lastly, Six finally premiered on Broadway on February 13, 2020, before production was halted and resumed in May 2021. This 2023, Six continues its extensive U.S. tour with stops in major cities, including Los Angeles.
In 2022, Six won numerous accolades, including two Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. The show was also well-received by musical enthusiasts and professional critics. Lyn Gardner from The Guardian raved about the story’s representation of the struggles of womanhood, “It may be cloaked in silliness, but Six makes some serious points about female victimhood and survival.” Rachel Weinberg from BroadwayWorld agrees,” Six carries out a joyful and anachronistic takedown of the patriarchy.”
Six has been praised by viewers for its high-energy performances. Chicago Tribune’s theater critic, Chris Jones, described the show as “dynamic with a sense of humor and spirited radicalism.” Meanwhile, The New York Times’s Jesse Green has nothing but good words about Six, “Pure entertainment… wickedly smart… terrific singers!” Lastly, the current North American production led by directors Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage garnered praise from Kedy Weise of WTTW, “Dynamite direction by Moss and Jamie Armitage, and powerhouse music direction by Roberta Duchak.” She also added that she loved costume designer Gabriella Slade’s “glittering costumes” and lighting designer Tim Deiling’s “arena-style lighting.”
Six’s U.S. touring cast comprises Gerrianne Perez as Catherine of Aragon, Zan Berube as Anne Boleyn, Amine Faye as Jane Seymour, Terica Marie as Anne of Cleves, Aline Mayagoita as Katherine Howard, and Sydney Parra as Catherine Parr.
From May 9th to June 10th, 2023, the production will hold a total of 40 performances at the Pantages Theatre. Guests keen on experiencing this award-winning musical at Pantages can look forward to the venue’s top-tier facilities. Since 1930, the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood has been Los Angeles’s prime entertainment destination. Formerly called the RKO Pantages Theatre, the Hollywood Pantages Theatre is the last venue built by Alexander Pantages. The 2,700- seater venue is located at a prime location on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles City. The theater, boasting a palatial art deco facade, has hosted some of the biggest Broadway productions on the West Coast, including The Lion King, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, and Hamilton, among others. Since opening in the ‘30s, the venue has undergone millions of dollars in refurbishment and restoration. Today, the theater’s plush seating and state-of-the-art audio, lighting, and acoustics ensure that viewers will have the best entertainment experience.
Six the musical will open at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023. The theater will host a nightly performance at 8 pm on the weekday and two performances during the weekends. If you love jukebox musicals, Six has that jukebox appeal but with an original award-winning score! Tickets to See Six the Musical at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre are now available. This is your chance to see the sensational musical that has taken the U.K. by storm! Hurry and secure your tickets now to experience the hottest musical of the season!