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Broadway Playhouse
Nov 24 - Mar 21, 2021

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Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended

"..."Six" already is a blast (Pauly, for the record, is spectacularly good throughout). The final number, "I Don't Need Your Love" from the superb Uzele's surviving Parr, conveys the right tone: entertainment without parody, honesty without compromise, collective empowerment without papering over complexity."
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Chris Jones

Daily Herald- Highly Recommended

"...The musical's authors -- amazing alchemists Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss -- have created incessantly catchy and ingeniously crafted pop music gold crammed with historical nuggets about Tudor life and society. The result is unabashedly feminist in its perspective and its makeup, down to its rocking all-female backing band -- called the Ladies in Waiting -- led by conductor/keyboard player Julia Schade."
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Scott C. Morgan

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...Every actor is top-notch with megawatt personalities and voices fit for The Voice. A tiny sampling of the numerous standout moments include a delightfully magnetic and funny Anna of Cleves (Brittney Mack), snubbed by his highness, and all the better for it; a peppy number from Katherine Howard (Anna Uzele) that takes a powerful and unfortunately relevant turn; and a perky ditty from everyone's favorite unapologetic bad girl Anne Boleyn (Andrea Macasaet) with riffs and runs for days. This candy-coated confection is one of the must-see shows of 2019."
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Sheri Flanders

Windy City Times- Highly Recommended

"...If this North American premiere is to be believed, Henry VIII married a sextet of them. SIX, the new musical from Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss that's currently also playing London's West End, gives the controversial monarch's wives a voice of their own. In 80 breathless minutes of pop tunes, intricate choreography and plenty of rhinestones, the doomed spouses give a concert like none Chicago Shakespeare Theater has ever seen. Some may have mourned the loss of the Bedknobs and Broomsticks musical, but SIX is an explosive late-season replacement, a brilliant meditation on female struggle set to a boppy yet captivating soundtrack."
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Lauren Emily Whalen

Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended

"...Six is a musical adrenaline rush. It's a roller coaster ride with every minute filled with excitement. These six ladies are the real Avengers of the musical. Their Endgame is amazing!"
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Rick and Brenda McCain

Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...The production is directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage with great choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingroulle. The technical aspects of the production are more concertlike over theatrical, but the glitz ( Emma Bailey) of the set works, The costumes (Gabriella Slade) are magnificent in every way, filled with style and grace and adding to the character’s development. Roberta Duchak handles the music direction and as always does so with just the right touch. Paul Gatehouse (sound) and Tim Deiling (lighting) are what some might call the “token” men in this production."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...If "Hamilton" met "The Tudors," focused only on the queens, exuded nothing but femme power and was styled after Beyonce's "On the Run Tour II" you would have "Six." And what a time you would have."
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Amanda Finn

WTTW- Highly Recommended

"...Forget about spending your last dime for tickets to The Rolling Stones’ concerts at Soldier Field next month. Instead, check out the fire-breathing female royalty of “Six,” the sensational musical now receiving its North American premiere on the stage of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s The Yard. And watch as the sextet of King Henry VIII’s wives – variously divorced, beheaded, dead of natural causes or widowed – tear it up to the roar of an all-female band as they finally get their #MeToo moment."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

"...The show is witty and manages to make a point without beating you to death with it. The cast is phenomenal and worth the ticket and time alone. Above all, this show was fun. When I got to the theater on Friday, I was in, if you’ll pardon the expression, a royally bad mood. By the end, I had a huge grin on my face and immediately went home and downloaded the album."
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Kevin Curran

Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

"...On the evidence of the audience reaction at my jammed performance, “Six” would be received joyously on Broadway, especially by a young and eager audience who have kept “Wicked” a sellout hit for a couple of decades. The audience at The Yard was loaded with packs of teenagers in shorts and T-shirts. They may not be history scholars or fans of the traditional musical theater but they are obviously willing to be excited and instructed by an imaginative production that connects with them so personally."
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Dan Zeff

The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

"...This show is brilliant. Despite the underlying victim reality, Marlow and Moss empower these women in the afterlife. They get to own the fact Henry VIII is only well known because of them. The collective SIX is the legacy. The queens have gotten the last word. I give it SIX crowns! Yasss queens!"
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Katy Walsh

Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Recommended

"...SIX is a funny, sexy, tuneful, oh-so-relevant re-imagination of paternalistic history from empowering women’s points of view. And in this reviewer’s humble opinion, it’s the most significant new piece of musical theatre since Hamilton. Following its Chicago opening and planned stops in Toronto and Boston, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see a long Broadway run and a host of Tony Awards, come 2020."
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Barry Reszel

Third Coast Review- Recommended

"...Six gets all kinds of points for flashy production value and fantastic casting; I’d listen to these women sing the phone book. There are moments to love throughout, and surely no one will walk out of the theater being anything less than entertained, right down to the Joseph-like medley at curtain call. But audiences looking to be wowed by a narrative that upends well-worn historical tropes, one that smartly pairs sharp lyrics with memorable melodies may leave a bit disappointed. The likes of Hamilton have set a high bar for shows that come after it, and with this effort at least, Marlow and Moss are no Miranda."
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Lisa Trifone

Chicago Theater and Arts- Recommended

"...A series of nine musical numbers centered around a common theme with virtually no dialog, this production is more of a pop-concert than what you think of as traditional musical theater."
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Reno Lovison

Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

"...The four-piece onstage band (known as “The Ladies in Waiting”) consists of Julia Schade, Kimi Hayes, Stacy McMichael, and Sarah Allen, and they really deliver in quite a variety of styles. Moss and Armitage bring the queens upstage a lot, joining together the visible parts of the show and keeping the stage pictures alive. But it won’t take any manipulation to keep this show alive. Its earworm songs and clever, bouncy choreography create such unstoppable, vibrant energy that it practically dares you not to like it. By the time the gold foil-filled confetti cannons go off, SIX has earned them. It is easily going to be the show of the summer, but I’m sure this is a show that will be around for a long time."
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Karen Topham

PicksInSix- Highly Recommended

"...“SIX’ is a jam-packed pop concert experience with an extraordinary cast and musicians—Julia Scade (assistant music director/conductor/keyboard), Kimi Hayes (guitars), Stacy McMichael (electric bass) and Sarah Allen (drums)—reimagining the lives of Henry’s “ex-wives,” their trials and tribulations, and pain and sorrow in one of the finest shows yet in “The Yard,” where virtually anything imaginable can happen."
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Ed Tracy

Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

"...This show is gripping, powerful, and full of catchy music. SIX would be a great pick for those looking for a powerful story about these women who usually don't get to have their story told. It would also be a good fit for any history buffs or musical lovers out there."
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Alexis Bugajski