Hey there, fellow culture enthusiasts! Have you heard of SiX? It’s a pop musical about the six wives of Henry VIII that started as a college project and has now become a global sensation. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to see it on Broadway, and let me tell you, it’s a unique musical experience that transcends time, history, and geographical borders. 

SiX is a musical that retells the stories of the six wives of King Henry VIII in a contemporary and empowering way. Created by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, the musical focuses on Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr and their experiences with King Henry VIII. In the musical, the six queens come together to compete and assert who suffered the most in their relationships with King Henry VIII. Each queen takes the stage to share her own experiences through a blend of spoken word and song. SiX incorporates semi-historical context, infusing modern language, music genres, and themes to make the historical narrative accessible and relevant to contemporary audiences.

SiX is more than just a musical. It’s a profound journey that left me with a lot to reflect on. 

  • Reclaiming Her-story

The musical encourages us to reevaluate history by giving voice to the often-overlooked stories of the six queens. SiX challenges traditional historical narratives by giving voice to the stories of Henry VIII’s six wives. This play reminds us of the significance of reclaiming and reshaping historical narratives by acknowledging the perspectives of women or other relevant parties whose stories may have been marginalized or overshadowed. It is applicable in everyday life, as it emphasizes the idea that there’s always more than one side of the story.

  • Breaking Boundaries

SiX is a musical that not only inspires me to see other perspectives on historical events but also intentionally features an all-female and non-binary cast and band. This decision aligns with the musical’s central theme of highlighting the stories and experiences of the six queens of Henry VIII. By excluding men from the cast, the musical aims to challenge the historical tendency to marginalize or limit the roles available to women in theatrical productions. The musical not only empowers its characters but extends that empowerment to its all-femme cast, sending a broader message about representation in the arts. By promoting diversity and inclusivity, “SiX” becomes a symbol of breaking down gender-related barriers in theater.

  • Individuality Amid Adversity

The musical, which showcases the stories of Henry VIII’s six wives, also emphasizes the importance of individuality. Rather than grouping them together, the show provides each queen with a distinct platform to showcase their unique personalities, strengths, and challenges. To me, this is a celebration of individual identity and a recognition that even in the face of adversity, one’s unique qualities can shine through. As a result, I ended up having a favorite queen who I found more relatable and inspiring.

  • Strength in Sisterhood

The musical emphasizes the strength that comes from unity and sisterhood. Even though each queen had unique experiences and struggles that were individually highlighted, in the end, the show also highlights the importance of lifting each other up and not being competitive about who struggled the most or who had the best life. Instead, the show teaches us to support others and use our struggles and experiences as tools to help others who face similar struggles.

  • Resilience

Each queen possessed an amazing level of resilience during her time, as there were many challenges and inequalities happening against women in general. Additionally, they were also dealing with their own personal issues with Henry. However, each of their stories highlighted and inspired me about the importance of resilience. Life can be complex and full of challenges, but bouncing back from setbacks is not just a skill; it’s a superpower that we all possess.

  • Music for social commentary

“Six the Musical” exemplifies how music can surpass boundaries and serve as a powerful tool for societal commentary. By incorporating a range of musical genres, including pop, rock, and ballads, “Six” breaks free from the traditional limits of historical drama and creates a dynamic sonic landscape that appeals to audiences of all cultures. Moreover, SiX’s music delves into critical social issues such as feminism and gender equality. It has inspired me to broaden my approach to advocacy and awareness-raising, recognizing that using multiple platforms can be even more effective in reaching and resonating with diverse audiences, thereby expanding the impact.

In conclusion, SiX is more than just a musical. It’s a celebration of individuality, resilience, and sisterhood that transcends time, history, and geographical borders. By giving voice to the stories of King Henry VIII’s six wives, SiX challenges traditional historical narratives and promotes diversity, inclusivity, and representation in the arts. The musical also proves how music can be a powerful tool for societal commentary, delving into critical social issues such as feminism and gender equality. Overall, SiX is a profound journey that left me with a lot to reflect on, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves theater, music, and culture.