Six The Musical is an incredible over-the-top pop star production that is infectiously hilarious; it was created by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss and I got to see this at The Hobby Center in Houston, Texas on November 9th, 2022. You are in for an exhilarating upbeat treat; although Six only runs for 80 minutes with no intermission, it’s all killer and no filler.
The story is told from the modern day perspective of the 6 wives of King Henry VIII who are all unique and each have different forms of heartbreak but all share in common their ruthless husband, Henry VIII. Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr (played by Gerianne Pérez, Zan Berube, Amina Faye, Terica Marie, Aline Mayagoitia, and Sydney Parra respectfully) each spend one song lamenting their troubles to the audience.
The reason you will love Six is because of the songs and the comedic dialogue; there’s nine powerhouse songs featured throughout the performance and I recommend before dropping your coins to go see Six that you preview the music on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you stream music. If you find the tracks to be a bop, you’ll most likely enjoy the performance, which sometimes starts to feel less like a musical and more like a wonderful humorous pop concert! The standout track is Jane Seymour’s tear-wrenching ballad “Heart of Stone” which Amina Faye nails every single part, with an impeccable note that’s held at the conclusion of the bridge while a beautiful chorus sung by the other wives comes in and, together, they finish the emotional roller coaster song. The production would have been a disaster if the female leads did not possess the powerhouse vocals that they have but fortunately the stars all have voices that are not only a joy to listen to but also very articulate so you can understand the message within each track. During this production, Katie Coleman acted as the conductor/keyboardist, Sterlyn Termine played bass, Liz Faure played guitar, and Caroline Moore rocked the drums; the band brought a popstar vibrance to the show that wouldn’t have been possible without them.
Emma Bailey creates a beautiful concert stage as her role as the scenic designer and lighting design by Tim Deiling brings that stage to life as the set looks like a famous star’s dream stage. However, it is one stage you are looking at for the entire performance so it does feel slightly flat when comparing to performances that have changing sets but nonetheless the lighting changes colors that are unique to each of our lead performer’s songs and that gives the audience just enough visual variance that will allow each part of the production to be memorable. Although the stage was already a little crowded, it may have been interesting to have a few background dancers and/or see the girls act out some of the things that were being sung about. Nonetheless, the dance moves that the girls do bring, which was choreographed by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, were entertaining to see.
Directors Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage have a production that they should be proud of and I highly recommend taking the time out to go see Six, especially if you end up loving the music featured in the production.
|Final Verdict:||An incredible over-the-top pop star production that is infectiously hilarious|