Divorced. Beheaded. Live in concert.
From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st Century girl power.
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By TOBY MARLOW & LUCY MOSS
Directors LUCY MOSS & JAMIE ARMITAGE
Choreographer CARRIE-ANNE INGROUILLE
Set Designer EMMA BAILEY
Costume Designer GABRIELLA SLADE
Sound Desiger PAUL GATEHOUSE
Lighting Design TIM DEILING
Orchestrations TOM CURRAN
Musican Supervisor JOE BEIGHTON
Musical Director ROBERTA DUCHAK
Casting BOB MASON
New York Casting TARA RUBIN CASTING & PETER VAN DAM, CSA
Associate Director MEGAN E. FARLEY
Assistant Choreographer MALLORY MAEDKE
Associate Costume Designer MIEKA van der PLOEG
Photo by Liz Lauren, courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater
✭✭✭✭✭ The most uplifting piece of new British musical theatre I have ever had the privilege to watch.
✭✭✭✭ Hamilton, move over, there's a new retelling in town ... sassy, funny, sexy, and funky ... I predict a hit.
Cast & Creative Team
- ADRIANNA HICKSCATHERINE OF ARAGON×ADRIANNA HICKSCATHERINE OF ARAGON
Citadel: debut. Broadway: revival of The Color Purple, and Aladdin. Regional: PaperMill Playhouse, Encores! City Center, Ridgefield Playhouse, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Casa Mañana. Touring: revival of The Color Purple. International: Sister Act, Dirty Dancing (Germany); and Legally Blonde (Austria). Concert: Michael Bublé Call Me Irresistible tour. Education: BFA in musical theatre, The University of Oklahoma. Awards: 2017 Emmy Award, 2018 Elliot Newton Award, 2019 Oklahoma City Broadway World Award.
- ANDREA MACASAETANNE BOLEYN×ANDREA MACASAETANNE BOLEYN
Citadel: debut. Other: American Repertory Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Heathers the Musical, Avenue Q (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); and Prairie Nurse (Station Arts Centre). Andrea is thrilled to be a part of Citadel’s exciting season and to reprise her role for the Canadian Queendom. Big love to family and friends who have been there every step of the way throughout this journey! Upcoming: Six on Broadway.
- ABBY MUELLERJANE SEYMOUR×ABBY MUELLERJANE SEYMOUR
Citadel: debut. Broadway: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Carole King), and Kinky Boots. Off-Broadway: A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center Theater); and School of Rock (Off-Broadway workshop at Gramercy Theatre). Regional: Six (Chicago Shakespeare Theater & American Repertory Theater); The Three Musketeers (Constance); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly); Brigadoon (Fiona); Into the Woods (Cinderella); The Full Monty (Georgie); 1776 (Abigail Adams); Les Misérables (Fantine); Miss Saigon (Ellen); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator); Mary Zimmerman’s Candide; and Pippin (Catherine). Television: America’s Got Talent (NBC); and The Today Show (ABC).
- BRITTNEY MACKANNA OF CLEVES×BRITTNEY MACKANNA OF CLEVES
Citadel: Debut. Off Broadway: Black Nativity. Regional: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Phoenix Theatre, The Palace Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Main State Music Theater, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Roxy Regional Theatre, and Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Touring: production singer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Television: Empire (Fox). Education: certificate from integrated program, American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Awards: 2011, 2014 Arizoni Theater Awards. Thank you so much to the entire Six team for creating such a special and beautiful piece, and for trusting us with this story.
- SAMANTHA PAULYKATHERINE HOWARD×SAMANTHA PAULYKATHERINE HOWARD
Citadel: debut. West End: Evita as Eva Peron (Regents Park Open Air Theatre). National Tours: Bat Out Of Hell. Chicago/Regional: Six (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Citadel Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts); Evita (Westport Country Playhouse); Honeymoon in Vegas, Evita, Godspell (Marriott Theatre); Hairspray, Elf (Paramount Theatre); Beaches (Drury Lane Theatre). Television/ Film: Chicago PD (NBC); and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate). Education: BFA Music Theatre, Viterbo University. Proud member of AEA. Thanks and love to family, friends, Stewart Talent, and the entire Six team. @sampauly www.samanthapauly.com
- ANNA UZELECATHERINE PARR×ANNA UZELECATHERINE PARR
Anna Uzele is delighted to be making her Citadel debut! Broadway: Once on This Island (Andrea). Television: City on a Hill (Showtime). Regional: Six (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, American Repertory Theater); Dreamgirls, and The Drowsy Chaperone (Lyric Theater of Oklahoma). Education: BFA Musical Theater - Texas State University 2018. Many thanks to a lovely crew, and to this powerful family of women, “All my love, Catherine.”
- NICOLE KYOUNG-MI LAMBERTALTERNATE ARAGON/CLEVES/PARR×NICOLE KYOUNG-MI LAMBERTALTERNATE ARAGON/CLEVES/PARR
Nicole is thrilled to make her Citadel debut! Favorite credits include Six (Chicago Shakespeare and American Repertory); Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (Mercury Theater Chicago); Sour Kangaroo in Seussical (Marriott Theater); Memphis, and In the Heights (Porchlight Theater); Jennifer in Creatives (Chicago Workshop Theater); Godspell (St. Sebastian Players); and Mimi in Rent (Brightside Theater). Nicole has her BA in Music Education from Roosevelt University. She would like to thank her family and friends and DDO for their fierce support. www.nicoleklambert.com
- MALLORY MAEDKEALTERNATE BOLEYN/SEYMOUR/HOWARD & DANCE CAPTAIN×MALLORY MAEDKEALTERNATE BOLEYN/SEYMOUR/HOWARD & DANCE CAPTAIN
Citadel: debut. Chicago: Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray (Paramount Theater); Seussical (Marriott Theatre); Memphis (Porchlight Music Theatre); Hair (Mercury Theatre); Cabaret (Theatre at the Centre); Janis Joplin in Beehive the Musical (Little Theater on the Square); 42nd Street, All Shook Up, The Addams Family (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre); and One Hit Wonders (Black Ensemble Theater). Concert: backup vocalist for Kristin Chenoweth at The Chicago Theater. Education: Columbia College Chicago. Ms. Maedke is also a voiceover artist.
- COURTNEY MACKALTERNATE HOWARD×COURTNEY MACKALTERNATE HOWARD
Citadel: Debut. REGIONAL: SIX: The Musical (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, American Repertory Theatre); Heathers: The Musical (Veronica; Jeff Award – Actress for a Principal Role, Kokandy Productions); Million Dollar Quartet, Mamma Mia! (Paramount Theatre); Ghost: The Musical, Cabaret (Theatre at the Center); Urinetown (BoHo Theatre); Side Show (Porchlight Music Theatre); Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera (Underscore Theatre). INTERNATIONAL: Burn the Floor: Bossa Nova, Million Dollar Quartet, Wine Lovers: The Musical (Norwegian Cruise Line—The Getaway). EDUCATION: BFA in Musical Theatre, Columbia College Chicago.
- LISA RUSSELLSTAGE MANAGER×LISA RUSSELLSTAGE MANAGER
Lisa has worked in opera, theatre and musical theatre across Canada and is thrilled to be back at the Citadel after previously stage managing Hadestown. Selected credits include: The Unnatural and Accidental Women (National Arts Centre); Fidelio (Pacific Opera Victoria); Romeo and Juliet, and Drowning Girls (Globe Theatre); Liberation Days and Les Misérables (Western Canada Theatre); The December Man, and Steel Kiss (Green Thumb Theatre). Lisa was the production stage manager for the Summer Arts Festival at the Banff Centre for four years and spent seven seasons at the Stratford Festival.
- AL GADOWSKYASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER×AL GADOWSKYASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Citadel: Al has assistant stage managed Matilda, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The Silver Arrow, West Side Story, and Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Other stage and assistant stage management credits include Anne of Green Gables the Musical, Atlantic Blue, Jesus Christ Superstar, Million Dollar Quartet, and Mamma Mia! (Charlottetown Festival); The Humans (Citadel/Canadian Stage); Crazy for You (Citadel/ Theatre Calgary); Rigoletto, La Traviata, Les Feluettes, and Turandot (Edmonton Opera). Al would like to thank his family and friends for their continuing love and support.
- CATHERINE OF ARAGONDIVORCED×CATHERINE OF ARAGONDIVORCED
Remembered for her refusal to accept that her marriage was invalid; her faith; her dramatic speech to Henry at the court to judge the annulment of their marriage. She was Regent (while Henry fought in France in 1513) during the Battle of Flodden. When James IV of Scotland was killed in the battle she wanted to send his body to Henry as a present.
Queenspiration: Beyoncé and Shakira.
- ANNE BOLEYNBEHEADED×ANNE BOLEYNBEHEADED
Remembered for headlessness; bringing about the break with the Pope; having a sixth finger. Fluent in French, she would have acted as a translator during the visit of Emperor Charles V to the English court in 1522.
Queenspiration: Lily Allen and Avril Lavigne.
- JANE SEYMOURDIED×JANE SEYMOURDIED
Remembered for being the “only one he ever loved”; having two troublesome brothers who fought over the regency of the young prince after King Henry’s death.
Queenspiration: Adele and Sia.
- ANNE OF CLEVESDIVORCED×ANNE OF CLEVESDIVORCED
Remembered for staying alive. When Henry first met her he disguised himself, possibly imagining some sort of romantic reaction. When he kissed her, she is said to have turned away coldly at this hideous stranger molesting her; according to a witness he "never saw his highness so marvelously astonished..."
Queenspiration: Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.
- KATHERINE HOWARDBEHEADED×KATHERINE HOWARDBEHEADED
Remembered for being completely used (and abused) by those with more power. From her arrest on 8 November 1541 to her execution three months later, Katherine stayed under house arrest; in late January 1542, an Act was passed in Parliament that made it treason for a woman to become the king’s wife without “plain declaration before of her unchaste life,” meaning Henry could have her killed.
Queenspiration: Ariana Grande and Britney Spears.
- KATHERINE PARRSURVIVED×KATHERINE PARRSURVIVED
Remembered for surviving. Catherine was the first woman in England to publish books under her own name and in English.
Queenspiration: Alicia Keys and Emeli Sandé.