"No other musical has garnered the same fandom and followers as that of a pop star. The show has successfully built up this cult-like feeling of being a mighty follower of SIX!"
Summer 2018 was a fairly normal summer; apart from getting to see a little show that started life in a small venue in the heart of Edinburgh’s Festival and then went on to concur the world, this musical concert is Six and I happened to be there on the 1st August 2018 at the show’s first professional preview at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I paid something like £7 to see the cast of Millie O’Connell, Natalie Paris, Jarneia Richard-Noel, Alexia McIntosh, Aimie Atkinson and Maiya Quansah-Breed who were all fairly unknown actors and I had no idea what to expect.
Just before their first show, I interviewed the cast for local radio in Scotland and they were all so excited that they were getting to play London’s Arts Theatre for a few weeks. This few weeks run of the show has now extended by a further 3 years and Six has certainly called the theatre home and seems unstoppable.
Following the lives of the Wives of King Henry VIII, this show is a concert battle whereby the wives each tell their stories to find out who was worse off because of Henry and should lead this Ultimate Pop Queen’s Group. Why is the show so successful? The show is like nothing else seen on stage anywhere around the world. At its core is 6 powerful female leads who all have a story to tell and is packaged up like a Britney or Beyoncé concert. The music is catchy, lively and respects both musical theatre and pop.
The show also was released at the ideal time where people were focussed on the life of the royals thanks to The Crown, and also at a time where female voices were finally being heard and is a celebration of femininity and also the absurdity of royal traditions, King Henry VIII and these Queen’s truly shine on stage.
No other musical has garnered the same fandom and followers as that of a pop star. The show has successfully built up this cult-like feeling of being a mighty follower of SIX! People wear the show's jumpers like royal robes and fully embody everything Six and celebrate these feelings of individuality, and having your voice heard.
As the production is now about to head to Broadway which will surely garner many a Tony Award, it’s hard to comprehend how well the show would do from being a small Edinburgh Fringe production to a global hit musical, with 7 different productions running simultaneously. I hope the show keeps growing and growing and more and more people get to see this history rewriting musical!