“Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived” — if you think you are in for a snoozy history lesson, these engaging Tudors will school you on how to rock the House.
Powerhouse pop performances by six absolute QUEENS extolling the virtues of their unique Hank-trauma kick off with a bang by Adrianna Hicks as Catherine of Aragon, followed by cheeky Andrea Macasaet’s sorry-not-sorry Boleyn, only to later “Get Down” with standout Brittney Mack as Anne of Cleves. As the incredible performers continue in their quest for audience sympathy to earn the crown as Most Wronged, each personality hits in a different way— the common theme being amazing moves and a spectacle of lights, killer costumes and standing-o-worthy vocals. This explosion of awesome girl power is expertly accompanied by an all-female on-stage band, making this the quintessential show for a girlfriends’ getaway.
One of the most anticipated shows in Broadway’s reopening, SIX the Musical also had one of the most poignant Covid-shutdown stories. Mere hours before their opening night, the lights of the Great White Way were flipped off for a dreary 18 month span (longer than half of Henry’s marriages).
“The performing community at large is an exceptionally resilient one, very used to hustle every step of the way and the grit it takes to survive—even when the world is operating normally,” says genius SIX choreographer, Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. “Coming back together has been so special, like we have all been amplified in just the most amazing way. It has been like some crazy time warp…. We were obviously all together the day Broadway shut down and before we even knew how serious this ‘COVID’ thing was. Our memories of each other were living in a place of ‘about to have one of the biggest nights of our lives’… and then it all vanished.”
SIX the Musical, at the Brooks Atkinson theatre, is a wildly exciting can’t-miss show. Don’t lose your head and let it vanish before getting a taste of these talented Tudors.
Where to Stay — W New York— Times Square
Feel like a queen in king corner rooms overlooking the Hudson or neon chaos of Times Square, with a leather lounging chaise throne to take it all in. The modern art vibe hits as you pass the glowing mo’ai-like heads with fern locks through an upside down ceiling fountain to reach the seventh floor lobby.
Original graffiti art bodega doors line the front desk halls and the fresh style extends to the purple glow lighting effects in the rooms. Most notable, perhaps, is the excellent staff and make-anything-happen service. Elevators down to Dos Caminos (check the margs on late night 9-12 happy hour) lead to tasty chilaquiles and huevos rancheros to start the day right, or help recover from the post-SIX Living Room DJ’d dance party with the girls.
Where to Eat — Queensyard
Hold on to that SIX ticket, it’s the perfect excuse to hit Queensyard in luxe Hudson Yards. SIX-patrons get the royal treatment with a 20% discount and welcome glass of bubbly. London’s D&D second NYC venue serves up modern British fusion fare with sunset views of the Hudson, Shed and the unique signature Vessel. Inventive takes like Butternut Squash Carpaccio and a Foie Gras Parfait set the stage for elevated touches like the perfectly crisped Hen of the Woods mushrooms topping the Truffle Risotto main or the orange-infused soubise over the seared Scottish Salmon. (Finishing with the Sticky Toffee Pudding should be a royal decree.)
“There’s nothing more iconic New York than dinner and a show, so we are excited to be working with SIX the Musical to celebrate the return of Broadway. Queensyard is a British American restaurant whose décor was inspired by an English countryside home, so the partnership with SIX could not be more fitting.”
Tip—Make the most of a rare formerly “dark” night performance by visiting pre-show for Martini Monday, with a mini flight that includes the Queen’s Gambit, made with exotic Hendrick’s Orbium.
Where to Cocktail — Living Room
The only thing better than a bar with an elevator ride to the room is a good bar with an elevator ride to the room. W’s signature glossy style extends to this luxe lounge with tucked away table alcoves to recover from getting your Cleves’ inspired groove on via live DJ. Inventive cocktails are served to the beat by a bevy of bomb barkeeps— lose your head over the Blood Orange Clover Martini, with Reyna vodka, Salerno blood orange liqueur, lillet rose and fresh raspberries.
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