Six Hits the ART

I kept hearing about the musical Six, which has been taking England by storm.  It’s now invaded the States and is currently at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge following a sold-out eight-week run in Chicago.  A hot new musical?  About the wives of Henry VIII?  Done in a single 80-minute act?  I’m in!  The show is staged as a concert featuring Henry’s six wives as members of a female empowering girl group.  These ladies are competing to determine which wife got the short end of the stick (and, according to one of the wives, Henry possessed a mighty short stick).  They also want to rehabilitate how history has portrayed them and come out of the shadows of a misogynistic male.  The songs are of the Beyoncé/Adele/Kelly Clarkson ilk, and the lyrics – while taking some liberties with history – are clever and educational.  It’s kinda like a #MeToo version of Schoolhouse Rock.  The queens are each splendid, and the kick-ass band (Ladies in Waiting) provides ample oomph.  The atmosphere is electric from start till the inevitable encore.  If you wanna see the next big thing on Broadway, get thee to the ART.  It closes on September 29th and what few tickets remaining can be found at

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