“Divorced. Beheaded. Died. Divorced. Beheaded. Survived.” That is the rhyme to remember King Henry the Vlll’s 6 wives. This rhyme is used a lot in the new musical SIX, which features Adrianna Hicks (Catherine of Aragon), Abby Mueller (Jane Seymour), Andrea Macasaet (Anne Boleyn), Brittney Mack (Anne of Cleves), Courtney Mack (Katherine Howard), and Anna Uzele (Catherine Parr).
The new musical SIX (written by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow) is about King Henry Vlll’s 6 wives creating a girl singing group. They each take turns singing about their time with King Henry Vlll and whoever had the worst experience with him gets to be the lead singer of the group. According to BBC News, Ariana Grande, Adele, and Rihanna are among the other pop stars who have inspired the characters in the musical SIX.
SIX has been performing in a few states, some of which include Illinois, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. According to The New York Times, “SIX” will begin performances February 13, 2020 and open March 12th at Atkinson Theater, produced by Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes, George Stiles, and Kevin McCollum.
The history behind the musical dates all the way back to the year 1509 when King Henry Vlll married Catherine of Aragon. He then married Anne Boleyn after he and Catherine got divorced. Then a few years later when Anne Boleyn got beheaded in the London Tower, he married Jane Seymour 11 days later. Unfortunately, Jane died while giving birth to her son. After she died, King Henry Vlll went on to marry Anne of Cleves, who Henry divorced. After their divorce, he married Katherine Howard. He then figured out that Katherine was in love with her distant cousin so he had her beheaded. Then he married his 6th and final wife: Catherine Parr. Catherine Parr was the only wife to survive in her time of being married to Henry. She was there when he died and constantly feared her own execution.
The idea of the musical is to show all of these experiences from the wives perspectives.
Lots of good reviews have been left on the musical, which tells me it’s a very well written and produced show. If you’re into musical theater, I suggest looking into see it in March!
Story by Natalie Edgens