The Queensland Performing Arts Center (QPAC) has just announced that Louise Withers, Michael Coppel and Linda Bewick, the Australian producers of SIX, will present the electrifying Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon of Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss from December 30 at QPAC’s Playhouse.
This Australian production played a record 15 weeks at the Sydney Opera House over the summer, where it became the longest-running show ever at the iconic venue. In 2022, SIX has enjoyed more imperial reigns with enthusiastic reception from critics and audiences, in Canberra, Adelaide and currently Melbourne.
Due to unprecedented popular demand, SIX will be making a royal return to Sydney from August 26th. The Queens will then continue their reign in Perth from November 24 and in Brisbane at QPAC from December 30.
“We are thrilled with the response the current SIX tour has had across Australia with exciting audiences in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne. This incredible musical is truly a global phenomenon and as we continue the sensation to Perth and Brisbane, these powerful and dynamic performers with Queendom, the legion of fans he has already amassed across Australia, are ready to empower and inspire audiences in a way only these queens know how to do!” Louise Withers on behalf of the Australian producers.
This witty and daring musical remixes the story of the six wives of Henry VIII – Britain’s famous Tudor king – as they take to the mic and reclaim their HER stories, once and for all .
Among the incredible queens who reign supreme on stage, Phoenix Jackson Mendoza plays the first wife, the sassy Catherine of Aragon. Rule Breaking Second Wife Anne Boleyn is played by Kala Gare with Loren Hunter as trusty third wife Jane Seymour. The independent Anna de Clèves is played by Kiana Daniele. Chelsea Dawson stars as the mischievous fifth wife, Katherine Howard, and Vidya Makan plays the surviving wife, the empowering Catherine Parr.
Joining the SIX Australian Queens are the extremely talented swings consisting of Karis Oka and Shannen Alyce Quan, dance captain Chiara Assetta and resident/alternate Swing choreographer Cristina D’Agostino. Also backed by the band SIX Ladies in Waiting, including Music Director/Keys Claire Healey, Assistant Music Director/Keys Heidi Maguire, Kathryn Stammers on drums, Debbie Yap on guitar, and Jessica Dunn and Ann Metry on bass.
From its debut as a student production in a 100-seat venue at the Sweet Venue during the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, SIX has continued its reign and become a global phenomenon. His studio album has reached over 500 million streams across all platforms worldwide, over three billion views on TikTok and recently achieved Gold status.
In May 2022, a live recording, captured during the star-studded opening night on Broadway, was released which topped iTunes charts worldwide and has already amassed over 10 million streams.
Recently, SIX did it again victoriously in the West End, across the UK and on Broadway winning two Tony Awards – to Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss for Best Original Score and Gabriella Slade for Best Costume Design, four Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. including the Outstanding New Musical.
SIX was nominated for five Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, and won the 2022 WhatsOnStage award for Best West End Show, voted by the public. Most recently, the London cast performed live in front of the Royal Family as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s televised “Party at the Palace” celebrations in honor of the Platinum Jubilee, watched by a UK audience of over 13 million people. The original West End cast also performed live from Hampton Court Palace in three sold-out performances to a combined audience of over 9,000 fans.
SIX The Musical has a book, lyrics and music by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. It is directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage and choreographed by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. Set design is by Emma Bailey, costume design is by Gabriella Slade, lighting design is by Tim Deiling, and sound design is by Paul Gatehouse. The orchestrator is Tom Curran and the musical supervisor is Joe Beighton.
Originally produced by Kenny Wax, Wendy & Andy Barnes and George Stiles. Produced in Australia by Louise Withers, Michael Coppel and Linda Bewick.
Tickets for the QPAC season will go on sale to the general public from 9am on Friday August 19 via qpac.com.au or 136 246.