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Theater Review: ‘Six: the Musical’

A very witty and queenly take on the gross marital mistreatments of Henry VIII.

HCA Healthcare/Tristar Health Broadway at TPAC presents
Six: The Musical (Through Sun, Feb. 26)
Andrew Jackson Hall
505 Deaderick St., Nashville
615-782-4040 • tpac.org
Remaining show times: Thu, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: Currently, there are no available seats for any performance

Hold onto your head as female empowerment comes gleefully forward for Six: The Musical now playing TPAC through Sunday, Feb. 26. The 80-minute, no-intermission show powerfully reimagines the cruel marital demises of Henry VIII’s six wives in pop-star performances by actresses portraying Henry’s exes, to wit: Jane Seymour, Katherine Howard, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Anna of Cleves and Catherine Parr.

Royally Yours

Six is more concert than musical, less historical than current and extra high on girl power pumped all the higher by an all-girl on-stage band, Tony-award winning costumes and shimmering lighting effects. Each “queen” gets her moment to sing and sensationalize her Henry mistreatments, setting off a contest of sorts to see which queen had it worst: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded or survived? It doesn’t matter if you don’t care, they forcefully insist that you play along (“How you doing, NASHVILLE???!!!”). Go ahead and give in to the pomp and circumstance: plenty of patrons were having a ball clapping and dancing from their seats.

Viral Streams

Six is a current-day stunner especially for its origins. The composers — the twenty-something duo of Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss — brainstormed a way of giving Henry VIII’s wives their dissing moment while students at Cambridge University in the U.K. The show first launched (with standing O’s) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2017. From there, TikTok videos launched the pop tunes into viral fame and Spotify and other digital servicing streams drew hundreds of millions; today it’s the highest-streaming Broadway cast recording in the world. This explains the fandom at TPAC: as soon as the show begins, the screaming begins from the Mezzanine.

For a wicked-fun and unique night out, get thee to TPAC for delicious crooning over 500 years of heartbreak and be a part of the moment: productions of the show are currently selling out on the West End, on Broadway and via numerous national and international tours.

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Susan Swindell Day

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