New musical ‘Six’ returns to stage after Broadway is forced to close on opening night – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – The Day Broadway Darkened was supposed to be the opening night of “Six,” a new musical. But Henry VIII’s six wives kept a cool head, and on September 17 they were back on stage to try to clear up their story.
The titular “Six” are the six wives of King Henry VIII, revealing their terror by living in the House of Tudor half a millennium later.
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âFirst of all, it looks like a concert. Can I just say this show is a nice hybrid between a concert and a musical, âperformer Adrianna Hicks told CBS2’s Dana Tyler.
This is the Texas native’s third Broadway show and her first creation of a role. She embodies the first wife of King Henry, the widow of her brother, Catherine of Aragon.
âI consider her a gracious warrior. But, he was a jerk, âHicks said. “It didn’t go well, as they weren’t able to produce a male heir, but still produced an heir.”
Every glamorous queen from Aragon to Catherine Parr tries to prove that she suffered more from her marriage to the famous monarch.
Samantha Pauly plays Katherine Howard, the king’s fifth wife, whom he married in 1540.
“Vixen or victim? Tyler asked.
âOh interesting. Yeah, definitely a victim,â Pauly said. âIt’s actually his story of sexual abuse from the age of 13 until his beheading at 18 or 19. So she was a victim who was made to believe that it was in fact her fault, but that is absolutely not true. “
Pauly, a newcomer to Broadway, sees her queen released full of life, like a princess of pop with a potential audience of 1,100 people.
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“There is no fourth wall,” she said. “We encourage people to dance and sing if they know the words, and that fuels us because we can see all of their excitement.”
Closed for over a year, rehearsals for the long-delayed Broadway opening began in August.
Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum couldn’t resist the London hit written by two 22-year-old Britons.
âIn live theater, the young people who write about the world they see are very different from the world I can see now. So I always thirst for these shows with new voices and new writers and bringing them into our culture called Broadway, âhe said.
Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early to line up and show proof of vaccination. Along West 47th Street, avid fans of live theater play by the rules.
“I just say thank you [for] take care of themselves and keep us safe too, âHicks said.
From being in a diverse cast to telling the stories of the queens in their shining armor, the actresses say that âSixâ is also an empowering story in their lives.
âI literally feel like I’m like a superstar with it, and I’m like ‘No, Adrianna, you’re just Adrianna. You just get on and have fun,’ Hicks said.
âBeing originally starring in a Broadway show isn’t something I thought I’d do, so we’re really, really excited. Really excited to be back, âsaid Pauly.
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“Six” is now airing at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.