Histo-remix SIX involves South Florida firstly of its US tour – Seen and Heard Worldwide

United StatesUnited States SIX (Lyrics, Music and E book by Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss): Girls in Ready Band. Broward Middle for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 11.10.2022. (SL)

Khaila Wilcox (heart) as Catherine of Aragon © Joan Marcus

Administrators – Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage
Units – Emma Bailey
Costumes – Gabriella Slade
Lighting – Tim Deiling
Choreographer – Carrie-Anne Ingrouille

Catherine of Aragon – Khaila Wilcoxon
Anne Boleyn – Storm Lever
Jane Seymour – Jasmine Forsberg
Anna of Cleves – Olivia Donalson
Katherine Howard – Didi Romero
Catherine Parr – Gabriela Carrillo

What initially started as a small manufacturing on the Edinburgh Fringe Pageant has grown into the worldwide phenomenon that’s SIX. The comedic reimagining of the story of the six wives of Henry VIII has now launched into a tour of the USA that opened in Fort Lauderdale.

When the curtain lifts, viewers see a stage that’s extra paying homage to a pop live performance than a Broadway musical, with the wives decked out in full pop-star regalia and a few Tudor parts blended in. Probably the most inventive situations of this epoch-fusing aesthetic is when the stage lighting is used to create an phantasm of Henry VIII shopping by way of Hans Holbein portraits searching for love as if he have been swiping by way of Tinder profiles.

The playbill provides the viewers a debrief on the six wives, their causes of loss of life and the modern-day divas that impressed their onstage personalities. The frequent false impression that Henry VIII murdered all of his wives is addressed within the opening track. ‘Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived’ is chanted by every of the queens in a fashion that’s paying homage to ‘The Cell Block Tango’ from Chicago. The mnemonic is begrudgingly repeated by the respective queens as if they’re bored with being identified just for their reason behind loss of life and the person to whom they have been married.

The musical shortly reveals itself to be a ‘histo-remix’ because the opening track says, with the queens expressing their want to be remembered for extra than simply the methods they died. They then proceed to serenade the viewers with songs about their lives in a contest to find out who had it the worst with Henry VIII. The competitors runs for 80 minutes straight with no intermission, in a method that’s akin to a twenty-first- century pop live performance. It nearly feels extra like an episode of American Idol than a typical musical, one thing that people who find themselves not sometimes thinking about musicals would possibly discover interesting. The entire songs are paying homage to every of the queens’ respective pop-star influences, giving us tunes that sound like they arrive from a Tudor Rihanna, Beyoncé or Arianna Grande.

Close to the top, after every queen has executed her track, they arrive to a realization that will have been evident to the viewers all alongside. The ladies start to acknowledge that their tragedies shouldn’t be used as fodder for competitors, and that they need to concentrate on celebrating their very own histories as a substitute of all the time discussing their lives in relation to Henry VIII. As Anne Boleyn feedback: ‘For the reason that solely factor we have now in frequent is our husband, grouping us is an inherently comparative act and, as such, unnecessarily elevates a historic method ingrained in patriarchal buildings’.

Irrefutably, SIX is a good time for all and makes you consider how historical past is advised to us. The performers showcase their improbable vocal talents with songs that can entertain you and problem the best way you keep in mind the previous.

Samuel Loetscher