Following its sold-out season in early 2020, the witty, pop-fuelled, SIX the Musical by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss will make a triumphant return to the Opera House Studio from 19 December, kicking off its long-awaited 2021/2022 national tour.
The new and returning cast members will reclaim their bejewelled microphones, a remixing of the history of the six wives of Henry VIII. Inspired by the canon of music divas Adele, Lily Allen and Ariana Grande, and with support from the SIX band Ladies in Waiting, the women transform from Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses as they tell their rebellious tales.
“The powerful and dynamic performances by the next generation of leading Australian female talent is sure to inspire and uplift audiences,” said Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Ebony Bott.
“By smashing the archetypal musical to reimagine the HERstories of the six wives of Henry VIII, this powerhouse production is the embodiment of female empowerment, and so aptly reflects the growing voices of young women.”
Reprising their crowns from the sold-out Opera House season are Kala Gare (Bright Star, RENT) as the rebellious Anne Boleyn, Loren Hunter (Strictly Ballroom the Musical, King Kong the Musical) as the loyal Jane Seymour, Kiana Daniele (Boy from Oz, Dirty Dancing) as independent Anna of Cleves and Vidya Makan (American Idiot, Romeo and Juliet) as the empowering Catherine Parr. The incredibly talented Karis Oka (FANGIRLS) and Shannen Alyce Quan (The Gathering) are returning as Swings.
New to the Australian cast is Phoenix Jackson Mendoza (American Idiot, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as pious Catherine of Aragon, and Chelsea Dawson (Shrek The Musical, Les Misérables) as misunderstood Katherine Howard. Taking on the roles of dance captain and swing is Chiara Assetta (So You Think You Can Dance).
SIX was co-written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss as a student production initially staged in a 100-seat room at Sweet Venue during the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. SIX has continued its reign and become a global phenomenon, with its Studio Album exceeding 200 million streams worldwide, second only to Hamilton.
SIX was nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards. As the pandemic struck, SIX was playing to sold-out houses in London’s West End, across the UK and Australia, and had commenced previews on Broadway. As stages around the world are lighting up again, SIX is well and truly reinstating its status of global phenomenon.
SIX the Musical has book, lyrics and music by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. It is directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage and choreographed by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. Set Design is by Emma Bailey, Costume Design is by Gabriella Slade, Lighting Design is by Tim Deiling and Sound Design is by Paul Gatehouse. The Orchestrator is Tom Curran and Musical Supervisor is Joe Beighton.
SIX the Musical
Studio – Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Season: 19 December 2021 – 2 April 2022
Following its Sydney season, Six the Musical heads to the Canberra Theatre Centre from 23 April and Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide from 21 May 2022. For more information, visit: www.sixthemusical.com for details.
Image: SIX The Musical (original Australian Cast 2020) – photo by James Morgan | Getty Images