Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s
by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
The Queens continue their reign in Chicago through the Summer—
Extended by popular demand through August 4
Chicago—May 30, 2019—Following last week’s highly anticipated opening, critical acclaim, and explosive social media response (#SIXChicago), Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces today the extension of the North American Premiere production of SIX, written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss—now playing in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. SIX was originally scheduled to close in June but has been extended for an unprecedented five weeks due to rave reviews and audience demand. A new block of tickets is now available for performances through August 4, 2019, and can be purchased by calling 312.595.5600, online at www.chicagoshakes.com, or in person at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.
With its soundtrack storming up the charts and more than 17 million streams online, SIX is attracting record audiences to Chicago Shakespeare. As the city heats up for the summer, music lovers and theater fans from across Chicago, and visitors from around the world can put this wildly entertaining, 80-minute musical at the top of their summer bucket lists.
The wives of Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying pop-concert spectacle—shining a spotlight on these six women as never before. The queens take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a power-packed celebration of twenty-first-century female empowerment. Backed by a band known as the “Ladies in Waiting,” the all-woman ensemble crosses the spectrum of modern-day pop.
Hedy Weiss of WTTW calls SIX "A knockout! This cast could easily compete with the biggest pop stars of the moment." "Henry VIII's queens are wild and wonderful," declares Chicago Sun-Times' Catey Sullivan, and Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune raves, "SIX is a blast! This new pop musical has clear Broadway potential."
Directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, the Chicago Shakespeare production features Adrianna Hicks (Aragon), Andrea Macasaet (Boleyn), Abby Mueller (Seymour), Brittney Mack (Cleves), Samantha Pauly (Howard, through June 23), Courtney Mack (Howard, beginning June 25), and Anna Uzele (Parr). Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert and Mallory Maedke are the Alternate Queens. The “Ladies in Waiting” are Julia Schade (Assistant Music Director/Conductor/Keyboard), Kimi Hayes (Guitars), Stacy McMichael (Electric Bass), and Sarah Allen (Drums).
Presented by Chicago Shakespeare Theater by arrangement with Kenny Wax, Global Musicals, George Stiles & Kevin McCollum, SIX boasts an impressive multi-national creative team. Directors Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage and the original creative team, including Music Supervisor Joe Beighton and Orchestrator Tom Curran, are joined by Jeff Award-winning Music Director Roberta Duchak and Assistant Director Megan E. Farley. The Yard is transformed into a rocking pop concert venue by Scenic Designer Emma Bailey, Costume Designer Gabriella Slade, Sound Designer Paul Gatehouse, and Lighting Designer Tim Deiling. SIX features original choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, in addition to the work of Associate Choreographer Melody Sinclair.
SIX is presented in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, now playing through August 4, 2019. Single tickets ($32–$62) are on sale now. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Box Office at 312.595.5600 or visit the Theater’s website at www.chicagoshakes.com.
CST strives to make its facility and performances accessible to all patrons through its Access Shakespeare programs. Accessible performances for SIX include:
- ASL Duo-interpretation – Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7:45 p.m.
- Audio-description – Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (optional Touch Tour begins at 1:00 p.m.)
- Open-captioning – Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:45 p.m.
ABOUT CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, Chicago Shakespeare has redefined what a great American Shakespeare theater can be—a company that defies theatrical category. This Regional Tony Award-winning theater’s year-round season features as many as twenty productions and 650 performances—including plays, musicals, world premieres, family programming, and presentations from around the globe. Chicago Shakespeare is the city’s leading presenter of international work, and has toured its own productions across five continents. The Theater’s nationally acclaimed arts in literacy programs support the work of teachers, and bring Shakespeare to life on stage for tens of thousands of students annually. Each summer, the company tours a free professional production to neighborhood parks across Chicago. In 2017 the Theater unveiled The Yard, which, together with the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater and the Thoma Theater Upstairs, positions Chicago Shakespeare as Chicago’s most versatile performing arts center.
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