Six The Musical • January 9, 2024 • Eccles Theater
Reviewed by Kevin Rolfe
Photos by Joan Marcus
We all have our favorite musicals, don’t we? Shows that we’ll see every time we go to Broadway, or whenever the touring production stops through town. We know all the words, we know everyone who has played our favorite character, and we know every bit of choreography. There’s nothing like having a favorite show. But once upon a time, that musical was brand new and we saw it for the first time. Think back on not knowing all the words, and as soon as you could you wanted to learn them. Or wanting to learn everything about the actors or the production. Well, departed the Eccles Theater after watching the premier performance of the musical Six, my thought was, “Someone is leaving here tonight with a new favorite musical.”
“Six” at Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City is a sensational musical that redefines the historical genre with its innovative storytelling. The production, centered around the six wives of Henry VIII, brings a modern twist to the tales of these historical figures.
The staging is a visual feast, utilizing a dynamic set and lighting to create a captivating atmosphere. Seamless transitions between songs contribute to the overall flow of the performance, keeping the audience engaged in the unfolding stories of the queens.
The cast is the highlight, with each member bringing a unique and compelling energy to their respective roles. The chemistry among the cast members is strong, enhancing the cohesion of the ensemble and making the characters relatable and authentic. Vocally, the cast excels, delivering powerful and expressive performances. The diverse range of vocal styles adds depth to the musical, from soulful ballads to energetic anthems. The harmonies are tight, showcasing the cast’s musical prowess and creating a sonic experience that resonates with the audience.
It was impossible for me to choose a favorite member of the cast. The point of the musical, which felt like more of a concert, was to choose which queen had the worst story. While that could be argued, choosing a cast favorite was tough. Each member had their strengths and moments for those talents to shine through. Gerianne Pérez had the responsibility as Catherine of Aragon to be the first to let her presence be known. She sounded great and brought the audience into the show, setting the tone of what we were all in for. Zan Berube as the infamous Anne Boleyn, was often the comic relief to the show. She brought a different portrayal of what I would guess most people would expect Boleyn to be like. I thought it was a fun, and dark comedic twist that I wasn’t prepared for.
I thought Kelly Denice Taylor stepped in nicely to play Jane Seymour. Her voice was amazing and she brought a heartfelt touch to the woman that King Henry VIII “loved”. Nothing to do with Taylor’s performance, but it’s a little weird that in a show so focused on feminism and “Girl Power” we are led to believe that Seymore and Henry had love. I mean, why do we want to be happy for Jane Seymour to love someone who divorced his first wife and executed his second? But I digress.
Terica Marie who played Anna of Cleves, brought the house down with her performance of “Get Down”. If there was a favorite cast member that night, I think Marie was it. They really seemed to love her performance. Aline Mayagoitia made the audience laugh as Katherine Howard. Adriana Scalice as Catherine Parr did a great job bringing the show, which only lasts a little over an hour and twenty minutes, home.
The energy and enthusiasm displayed by the cast contribute to the overall dynamic nature of the performance. The queens’ charismatic stage presence and commitment to their roles create a lively and immersive atmosphere, making the audience feel connected to the characters.
Choreographically, “Six” is a triumph, featuring dynamic and well-executed dance sequences. The choreography enhances the visual appeal of the musical, complementing the music and adding another layer to the storytelling.
The pacing of the production is well-balanced, maintaining a brisk tempo that keeps the audience engaged throughout. The combination of poignant moments and upbeat numbers ensures a varied and emotionally resonant experience, allowing each queen’s story to unfold with impact.
“Six” at Eccles Theater is an impressive blend of history and contemporary elements, offering a fresh take on the stories of these iconic queens. The production’s success lies in its ability to entertain, educate, and connect with the audience on both an emotional and intellectual level. Overall, “Six” delivers an unforgettable and thoroughly enjoyable musical experience.
“Six” will be at Eccles Theater through January 21. Click here for show and ticket information.