The Making of ‘Six’: How Tudor Queens Turned Into Pop Stars

By Michael Paulson
The cast of “Six” on Broadway: From left are Anna Uzele as Catherine Parr; Brittney Mack as Anna of Cleves; Adrianna Hicks as Catherine of Aragon; Abby Mueller as Jane Seymour; Andrea Macasaet as Anne Boleyn and Samantha Pauly as Katherine Howard.Bryan Derballa for The New York Times
Spoiler alert: Things generally haven’t gone well for women who married King Henry VIII. Until now. “Six,” a slyly saucy pop musical about the ill-starred queens, has already stormed stages in Britain, North America, Australia and even on cruise ships. Embraced by a youthful fan base for its catchy (and social-media-amplified) score, it has been fast-tracked to Broadway, where it is previewing to full houses at the 1,027-seat Brooks Atkinson Theater before opening March 12. The show, just 80 minutes long, has a simple conceit — They’re Tudor queens! And they’re pop stars!“Six” is the remarkably recent brainchild of two remarkably young theater-lovers: Toby Marlow, a 25-year-old who refers to Beyoncé and Lady Gaga as “my mums,” and Lucy Moss, a droll 26-year-old who wears Harry Potter spectacles and neon-detailed Buffalo platform sneakers. [More]