Broadway at the Ordway Has Its Queens

Ordway 9/18/19

Casting announced for the Ordway’s Pre-Broadway Production of SIX, the electrifying new musical phenomenon!

Saint Paul, Minnesota (September 18, 2019) – The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today the six actors who will play the queens in the Ordway pre-Broadway run of the global hit new musical SIX by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Performances begin on November 29 and run through December 22. Tickets on sale now and more information available online.

The cast, who created their roles in the North American premiere of SIX in Chicago earlier this year, features Adrianna Hicks as Catherine of Aragon, Andrea Macasaet as Anne Boleyn, Abby Mueller as Jane Seymour, Brittney Mack as Anna of Cleves, Samantha Pauly as Katherine Howard, and Anna Uzele as Catherine Parr.

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power. The female cast is backed by an all-female band, the “Ladies in Waiting.” Songs from the studio album are streamed on average 400,000 times per day, making it the second highest streaming cast recording in the world.

SIX is co-directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, featuring choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. The design team includes Emma Bailey (Set Design), Gabriella Slade (Costume Design), Paul Gatehouse (Sound Design) and Tim Deiling (Lighting Design). The score features orchestrations by Tom Curran with music supervision and vocal arrangements by Joe Beighton.

The original concept was devised by 24-year-old Toby Marlow and 25-year-old Lucy Moss, who started writing SIX when they were students at Cambridge University in early 2017. It was first presented as the Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society’s submission to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe later that year, playing a one-month run and featuring student actors. SIX went on to get picked up by UK Producers Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes, and George Stiles, and a new production was mounted, with professional actors and a predominantly new creative team, at the Norwich Playhouse and then again at Edinburgh Festival in 2018. A limited engagement at the Arts Theatre in London garnered the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off-West End Production, and the show toured the UK in the autumn of 2018 before reopening at the Arts Theatre in January 2019, where it is now playing an open-ended West End run to sold-out houses. SIX earned five Laurence Olivier Award nominations this year, including Best New Musical. A UK tour opens in October 2019 and will run concurrently with the London production.

Partnering with US Producer Kevin McCollum, the Ordway’s production of SIX follows the North American premiere in May of this year at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Chicago, Illinois in a record-breaking run. SIX is currently playing a limited engagement at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts through September 29th, and prior to Broadway will also play the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (November 1-24) and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota (November 29 – December 22).

 

Cast biographies

ADRIANNA HICKS (Catherine of Aragon). Broadway: The Color Purple (Revival), Aladdin. Tour/Regional: SIX (Catherine of Aragon) at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, American Repertory Theater; The Color Purple (Revival Tour, Celie); The Wiz (Dorothy) at Sacramento Music Circus; Ragtime (Sarah); Buddy Holly (Marlena). International: Sister Act (Germany), Legally Blonde (Austria), Dirty Dancing (Germany). Concert: Michael Bublé Call Me Irresistible Tour (backup singer).

ANDREA MACASAET (Anne Boleyn). SIX, American Repertory Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Canada: Heathers the Musical, Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Winnipeg Studio Theatre; Prairie Nurse, Station Arts Centre; Miss Saigon, Victoria Operatic Society. Canadian National Tour: Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock!, Koba Entertainment.

ABBY MUELLER (Jane Seymour). Broadway: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Carole King), Kinky Boots. Off-Broadway: A Minister’s Wife at Lincoln Center Theater; School of Rock, off-Broadway workshop at Gramercy Theatre. First National Tour: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (originated the role of Carole King). Regional: SIX, The Three Musketeers (Constance) at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; SIX at American Repertory Theater; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly) at Drury Lane Theatre; Brigadoon (Fiona), Into the Woods (Cinderella), The Full Monty (Georgie) at Marriott Theatre; 1776 (Abigail Adams) at A.C.T./Asolo Rep; Les Misérables (Fantine), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator) at Fulton Theatre; Mary Zimmerman’s Candide, Huntington Theatre Company; Pippin (Catherine) at Utah Shakespeare Festival. TV: America’s Got Talent, NBC; The Today Show, ABC.

BRITTNEY MACK (Anna of Cleves). Some of her favorite credits include: Tour: Memphis (Ethel/Ensemble) Networks; Regional: SIX (Chicago Shakespeare Theater & American Repertory Theater), Beehive (Tina Turner), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlaine), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), All Shook Up (Lorraine), The Wiz (Ensemble/Evilene u/s), Shrek The Musical (Voice of Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy), Rent (Alexi Darling/Ensemble) International: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (Production Singer) TV: Empire (Feature Dancer).

SAMANTHA PAULY (Katherine Howard). West End: Evita as Eva Peron (Regents Park Open Air Theatre). National Tours: Bat Out of Hell as Valkyrie. Chicago/Regional: SIX as Katherine Howard (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Evita as Eva Peron (Westport Country Playhouse); Honeymoon in Vegas as Betsy Nolan, Evita as Eva Peron, Madagascar as Maurice, Cinderella After the Ball as Sleeping Beauty, Elf the Musical as Charlotte Dennon, Seussical as Bird Girl, Princess and the Pea as Princess Buffy, Godspell as Ensemble (Marriott Theatre); Hairspray as Amber von Tussle, Elf the Musical as Jovie (Paramount Theatre); Beaches as Teen Cee Cee (Drury Lane Theatre). TV/Film: Chicago PD (NBC), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate), Mike’s Hard Lemonade, T-Mobile, Purina, Spravato. BFA Music Theatre from Viterbo University.

ANNA UZELE (Catherine Parr). Broadway: Once on This Island. Regional: SIX at Chicago Shakespeare Theater & American Repertory Theater; Dreamgirls, The Drowsy Chaperone, When You Wish, The Wizard of Oz at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Education: BFA, musical theatre, Texas State University.

 

SIX will perform November 29–December 22 in the Ordway Music Theater. Tickets are available online or by phone at 651.224.4222.

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