Review Roundup: SIX's Boleyn Tour Launches; What Did the Critics Think?

Read all of the reviews for the Boleyn Tour of Six the Musical!

By: Oct. 12, 2022
SIX (Boleyn Tour) Show Information
Get Show Info Info
Get Tickets
SIX (Boleyn Tour)

Six more queens are hitting the road! The "Boleyn Tour" of SIX launched at The Smith Center in Las Vegas on September 20. The cast features Gerianne Pérez as Catherine of Aragon, Zan Berube as Anne Boleyn, Amina Faye as Jane Seymour, Terica Marie as Anna of Cleves, Aline Mayagoitia as Katherine Howard, and Sydney Parra as Catherine Parr. The cast also includes Aryn Bohannon, Jana Larell Glover, Taylor Pearlstein and Cecilia Snow.

From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st century girl power!

This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over!  Featuring an all-woman cast and all-woman band, SIX has won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.  

Let's see what the critics are saying...

ASU Gammage - Tempe, AZ

Nathaniel Jones, BroadwayWorld: From beautiful to heart-wrenching, heavy to hilarious, this magnificent musical sends audiences on a whirlwind of emotions through discovery and self-worth topped with beautiful vocals, dance, and overall amazingness.

Chris Curcio, Curtain Up Phoenix: The musical's approach to the historic tale is delivered in very contemporary ways avoiding conventional musical theater storytelling techniques. The score, which explains much of the story, is steeped in the pulsating beat of modern dance hall style tunes associated with that musical genre. The song lyrics often have a clever wit. So, the familiar plot is exuberantly presented with splashy choreography and dizzyingly upbeat, if undistinguished, tunes.

Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

Kathleen Allen, The cast was cohesive and powerful. Gerianne Pérez, Zan Berube, Amina Faye, Terica Marie, Aline Mayagoitia and Sydney Parra portrayed the queens and it was such a strong ensemble it would be unfair to single anyone out.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts - St. Paul, MN

Jared Fessler, BroadwayWorld: The costumes, lighting, and staging were of course bright, colorful, and exciting. It's like you're attending a concert but there is a storyline and dialogue. The talent for all of these individuals was immaculuate. I was so impresed with the vocals for each of them during their songs. The choreography was great, they could really be a vocal pop group. They all committed to their characters and the audience was laughing, singing, and dancing a long while giving large rounds of applause. It was a great energy within the space.


Hobby Center for the Performing Arts - Houston, TX

Doni Wilson, Preview: Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, history snakes its way through this 2022 Tony Award winner for best score. But the songs are the thing that fuels this original send-up of the series of unfortunate events that mar the lives of these wives. In fact, that is the premise of the show: which one, from Catherine of Aragon (Gérianne Perez) to Catherine Parr (Sydney Parra) had it the worst? It's a tough call.

Olivia Flores Alvarez, Out Smart: The dialogue and lyrics are cleverly littered with references to contemporary culture and social media. Jane Seymour talks about her "profile picture" (her official portrait), while Anne Bolyne sings "Sorry, not sorry" and "LOL ... Go to hell," for example. On opening night of the Houston run, one actor even gave a shout-out to the world champion Astros!

Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa, OK

James D. Watts, Jr., Tulsa World: But ultimately, "Six" exists to entertain, and the cast - Mayagoitia, Gerianne Perez as Catherine of Aragon, Zan Berube as Anne Boleyn, Amina Faye as Jane Seymour, Terica Marie as Anne of Cleve, and Sydney Parra as Catherine Parr - is a collection of powerful performers who also make for an impressively tight ensemble in the group numbers "Ex-Wives" and "Six," as well as the deliriously campy "Haus of Holbein."

Winspear Opera House - Dallas, TX

Lorens Portalatin, BroadwayWorld: Amongst the ensemble of six it was hard to choose a standout because every single woman was a powerhouse. With their talents combined it was intoxicating to watch them dominate the stage and tell their stories. Each Queen had her own chance to shine and compete for her rightful crown.

Orpheum Theater - Omaha, NE

Courtney Brummer-Clark, Omaha World-Herald: The stories of those queens - Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr - are set to amazing music and choreography and amplified with amazing light shows and gorgeous, sparkly costumes. There are no dull or down moments at all. It is a 90-minute, fun, visually exciting party with performances that could rival those of famed music industry shows.

DeVos Performance Hall - Grand Rapids, MI

Marin Heinritz, Revue: "Six" dazzles, teaches, entertains, and evokes all that and more in 80 minutes without intermission. It's a bold experiment in what's possible for a big musical in terms of storytelling and diverse casting. And based on the opening night performance at DeVos to a sold-out, enthusiastic crowd, it's an enormous success.

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center - Appleton, WI

Kelli Arseneau, Post Crescent: The vibrant production hinges on its six performers' impeccable vocal talents. In "No Way," Jana Larell Glover, playing Catherine of Aragon, showcased impressive runs and chill-inducing high notes reminiscent of Beyoncé. Berube brought an energetic, bubbly personality as Anne Boleyn, with the comedic song "Don't Lose Ur Head." Amina Faye, who plays Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour, sang the showstopper "Heart of Stone" with emotional intensity and jaw-dropping vocals. Terica Marie's Anna of Cleves gave a powerful, Nicki Minaj-esque style to "Get Down." Aline Mayagoitia, playing Katherine Howard, showcased her range in a sassy yet emotional performance of "All You Wanna Do." And Sydney Parra's soulful "I Don't Need Your Love" capped off the six queens' stories with a rousing message of independence and empowerment.

Fox Theatre - St. Louis, MO

Tina Farmer, Riverfront Times: Together, the queens make a compelling case for femme-powered unity by positing the fact that, if it weren't for the six of them, history would likely forget the eighth King Henry. SIX: the musical re-mixes history with a satisfying story arc, songs that rock the house and a steady beat that brings the audience to their feet.

Civic Center Of Greater Des Moines - Des Moines, IA

DC Felton, BroadwayWorld: Each of the women who take the stage in this show does a phenomenal job, from the cast members on stage to the band, also known as "The Ladies in Waiting." They all play so well off each other and find a balance for when their Queen gets to take the spotlight and when their Queen becomes part of the overall ensemble. Each of them has moments that will have you laughing, then moments later have you in tears from their story. It's a beautiful mix that makes you wish there was a Tony Award for best ensemble because this show is a true example of an ensemble show.
I could go on about what makes this show special and why it has become the juggernaut it is, but part of the show's fun is seeing it live and discovering what makes it great for you. Everyone could find "Six" more reasons that they love the show; these were just my top six. If you haven't purchased tickets yet, I recommend getting them as soon as possible to get the best seats you can.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center - Nashville, TN

Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld: SIX is destined to be one of those musicals that remain on constant tour for years to come and, hopefully, it'll be around again in the not-so-distant future. Its appeal - with sisterhood powering its vibrant, instantly accessible storytelling - ensures it will become (if it isn't already) just as popular as Wicked, its girl-power predecessor that returns to Nashville for the fourth time next season. When it comes around again, be sure to snap up your tickets faster than a guillotine can behead a libidinous royal, so you don't miss out on the exhilarating experience that is an audience with the charming, engaging, totally enchanting queens of SIX.

Uihlein Hall at Marcus Center For The Performing Arts - Milwaukee, WI

Aly Prouty, Spectrum News 1: Let's start with the six leading ladies: Gerianne Pérez (Catherine of Aragon), Zan Berube (Anne Boleyn), Amina Faye (Jane Seymour), Terica Marie (Anna of Cleves), Aline Mayagoitia (Katherine Howard) and Sydney Parra (Catherine Parr). I was sure I'd have a favorite queen by the end of the night, but I truthfully did not. Each was special in her own way, bringing individuality and breathtaking vocals to the stage.

Academy Of Music - Philadelphia, PA

Alyx Reinhardt, Out in Jersey: There is a lot of bantering between them, which will make you laugh. These songs will not only invoke toe-tapping, head bobbing, and probably an earworm or two, but they will also teach you something. You may recall one or two of these women from your school lessons, but by the time the show is over, you will know them all. One of the extra gems of this musical is it shines a light on each woman to tell her story.

PPAC - Providence, RI

Frank O'Donnell, What's Up Newp: Overnight, "Six" has become one of my favorite musicals. I've had the soundtrack on in the background all day while working. I might even go back to see it again next week. My friends at PPAC say that there are still choice seats available. Based on the buzz this show is generating on social media, those seats will likely sell out quickly. Don't get shut out.

Shea's Performing Arts Center - Buffalo, NY

Michael Rabice, BroadwayWorld: Authors/Composers Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss have fashioned a musical for the 21st century that brings a modern day sensibility to the retelling of the loves and marriages of Henry III. Told in the form of a concert, the perky and sassy young wives take to the stage, engaging with the audience in winning a contest of sorts... Who suffered the most at the hands of the infamous hefty king? The overall mood is one of light hearted comedy and the musical style in contrast to the historical period somehow works.

Hippodrome Theatre - Baltimore, MD

Timoth David Copney, BroadwayWorld: The on-stage, all-female band, known as the Ladies In Waiting was smokin' hot. The time flies by in true pop diva concert style, with clever dialogue, excellent harmonies, and a sprinkling of melancholy to keep the story just real enough without going too deep. The sound level was at times a little jarring but let's just put that down to the reviewer's esteemed status as a senior citizen (turn that damn music down and get off my lawn!) Each and every one of these songs has a story that illustrates the experiences of the Queen at hand. Bright, catchy tunes that are just as effective, if not more so, than a couple of true ballads.

Lynne Menefee, MD Theatre Guide: Gerianne Pérez as Catherine of Aragon ('No Way"), Zan Berube as Anne Boleyn ("Don't Lose Ur Head"), Amina Faye as Jane Seymour ("Heart of Stone"), Terica Marie as Anne of Cleves ("Get Down"), Aline Mayagoitia as Katherine Howard ("All You Wanna Do"), and Sydney Parra as Catherine Parr ("I Don't Need Your Love") brought down the house as the wives, reimagined as a pop girl group. Each has her moment in the spotlight as they compete with one another in their solos, asking the audience to vote for the wife with the saddest tale. The other ladies act as backup dancers/singers for the highlighted soloist. These ladies could go toe-to-toe with any Broadway cast with their energetic and flawless performances (several in their National Tour debuts!)

Auditorium Theatre - Rochester, NY

Colin Fleming-Stumpf, BroadwayWorld: "Six" has less in common with a traditional musical and more in common with the Superbowl halftime show. Each of the six queens is musically styled after a well-known pop star (Beyonce, Adele, Avril Lavigne, Shakira, Rihanna, etc.), and each gets to take a turn making the case that their story is the most tragic, channeling the voice and stage presence of that particular artist and putting on a show that is a feast of lights, sounds, special effects, and high-octane energy. If American Idol was zoomed back in time and plopped into the Tudor era, I imagine the experience would be largely reminiscent of "Six."

Fisher Theatre - Detroit, MI

Carmichael Cruz, Click on Detroit: Even though the look and feel of the show is more rock show than Sondheim, there is still incredible emotion and storytelling through the songs. Marlow and Moss’ book hilariously guide us through the relationships between each queen and the trauma they experience with Henry.

Hershey Theatre - Hersey, PA

Rich Mehrenberg, BroadwayWorldSix is a dynamic history lesson with an amazing pop soundtrack examined through a modern day lens.  It stands toe to toe with that show about the guy on the ten-dollar bill trying to do the same thing.

Durham Performing Arts Center - Durham, NC

Jeffrey Kare, BroadwayWorld: Under the direction of Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage, everything is perfectly staged as a pop concert. The musical numbers are given such dynamic choreography by Carrie-Annie Ingrouille. Tim Deiling’s lighting is incredible. The costumes designed by Gabriella Slade are very stylish. There’s an onstage band playing Tom Curran’s killer orchestrations of Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss’ killer score. Paul Gatehouse’s sound design also does give you the feel of being at a concert very well. All six of the ex-wives get their own opportunities to shine. Marlow & Moss’ book provides some back and forth banter between characters. Separately, they each deliver their own monologues and songs about their backstories, which you can also read about in your playbills.

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Belk Theater - Charlotte, NC

Perry Tannenbaum, BroadwayWorld: Intelligibility aside, as well as pertinence to the issue at hand, each of the six solos the queens sing has an unmistakable élan, and all six of the women onstage are powerhouses when the spotlight is most piercingly upon them. Of course, a Charlotte crowd is going to favor its own, and Amina Faye’s return to the Belk Theater stage as Jane Seymour, seven years after she took home a Blumey Award there for her stirring portrayal of Sarah in Ragtime – and a subsequent Jimmy Award up on Broadway – is already a triumph.

Adam Bell, The Charlotte Observer:  But the biggest cheers were showered on homegrown star Amina Faye as Jane Seymour, wife No. III of H the VIII. The Union County native is a Central Academy of Technology & Arts grad and a 2016 local high school theater Blumey Awards winner making her national Broadway tour debut at age 25.

Peace Center - Greenville, SC

Paul Hyde, Greenville Journal: This is not your typical musical nor is it a dry history lesson. Performed without intermission, “Six” most resembles an 80-minute, rafter-rattling pop concert with electrifying choreography and dazzling light effects. It’s often very funny, too.

Overture Center - Madison, WI

Scott Rawson, BroadwayWorld: Through it all though was a common theme of female empowerment. These women were taking back all of the power that was not afforded them in the time of the good king. And rightly so! While each had their own tale of woe, together they found strength and conviction, and possibly through trauma bonding, friendship with each other that played well to the audience.

Aaron R. Conklin, Madison Magazine: There’s a lot of borrowing in this historical remix, that’s for sure. The show’s opening number incorporates a childhood rhyme about the wives while echoing “Chicago,” and borrows its beat-drop from “Greensleeves.” The “Hamilton” vibe, meanwhile, hovers heavily over the proceedings. Let’s just say the “who lives, who dies, who tells your story” line fits well here, too. This is a show that wears its historical revisionism on its rhinestone-studded bell sleeves.

Playhouse Square - KeyBank State Theatre - Cleveland, OH

Roy Berko, BroadwayWorld: The cast (Gerianne Pérez, Zan Berube, Amina Faye, Terica Marie, Aline Mayagoitia and Sydney Parra) is uniformly excellent.  These ladies have large and well-trained voices.  They dance and act with total believability.  They command and control the stage!

Walton Arts Center - Fayetteville, AR

Monica Hooper, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: That being said, Jane Seymour would get my vote for the best costume because I really love her glittery sleeves, but no one steals the show. Each actress gives the others space, and they all work well off one another. I loved the way that Zan Berube, who plays Anne Boleyn, kept interjecting that she was beheaded.

Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City, OK

Adrienne Proctor, Oklahoma City Free Press

Bass Concert Hall - Austin, TX

Sabrina Wallace, BroadwayWorld: The narrative unfolds through a modern lens, exploring the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII—Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr. The storytelling is dynamic and sharp, providing glimpses into the challenges, triumphs, and heartbreaks these women faced during a tumultuous period in English history. The vibrant set (Emma Bailey) and catchy pop-infused tunes (directed by Jane Cardona) ensure that each queen's unique personality shines through. The songs are not only toe-tappingly catchy but also deeply reflective, providing a rare glimpse into the unexplored facets of these historical figures. Directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, the tour mirrors the quality of the show that I originally saw in London and on Broadway and is a testament to the outstanding artists touring in various shows across the country.

Bob Abelman, The Austin Chronicle: All this dazzle is alluring, but what really wins over the audience are the virtuosic performances and relentless energy turned in by the six queens. Their voices are outstanding, their handling of Carrie-Anne Ingrouille’s repetitive but fun girl-group choreography is nicely synchronized, and their excessively pandering engagement with the audience is effective. Two performers identified in the program as “Alternatives” made their way into the opening night production with no evidence of diminished entertainment value.

Majestic Theatre - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Express-News

Altria Theater - Richmond, VA

Amanda Montag and Andi Russell, The Free Lance-Star:  While they all stand out, the queens also shine together on a bright but simple set. By the end of the show, the competition is no longer the focus. Instead, a more inspirational theme emerges. While “SIX” is short, running just over an hour with no intermission, it is jam-packed with fun and feminism. 

Orpheum Theatre - Memphis, TN

AniKatrina Fageol, BroadwayWorld: The show is a fun mixture of vibrant colors, toe-tapping choreography, and plenty of show-stopping musical numbers. Please keep in mind: it is a CONCERT. There were many older patrons whispering around my best friend and me, saying it was much too noisy and they weren't amused with the "constant screaming". If you don't like loud pop concerts, this is not the show for you. But if you do go, you will have the time of your life. And I highly recommend you go. 

Bass Performance Hall - Fort Worth, TX

Rick Mauch, Fort Worth Star Telegram: Exquisite choreography combines with dazzling lights and effects to keep the audience enthralled. The performers, each with impeccable vocal ranges, combine their voices with perfect chemistry and harmony through a wide assortment of song styles.

To read more reviews and to share your own, click here!


Adriana Scalice Joins the SIX Boleyn Tour as Catherine Parr Photo
Adriana Scalice Joins the SIX Boleyn Tour as Catherine Parr

Adriana Scalice (Mean Girls) has joined the second year of the North American tour of the Tony Award®-winning hit musical SIX (called the “Boleyn Tour”) as Catherine Parr.

Review Roundup: SIXs Boleyn Tour Launches; What Did the Critics Think? Photo
Review Roundup: SIX's Boleyn Tour Launches; What Did the Critics Think?

Six more queens are hitting the road! The 'Boleyn Tour' of SIX launched at The Smith Center in Las Vegas on September 20. Read all of the reviews for the Boleyn Tour of Six the Musical!

Photos: First Look at SIXs North American Tour Boleyn Company Photo
Photos: First Look at SIX's North American Tour Boleyn Company

The 'Boleyn Tour' of SIX is on the road! The cast features Gerianne Pérez as Catherine of Aragon, Zan Berube as Anne Boleyn, Amina Faye as Jane Seymour, Terica Marie as Anna of Cleves, Aline Mayagoitia as Katherine Howard, and Sydney Parra as Catherine Parr. Get a first look at photos here!

VIDEO: SIXs Boleyn Tour Queens Get Ready to Hit the Road Photo
VIDEO: SIX's Boleyn Tour Queens Get Ready to Hit the Road

The 'Boleyn Tour' of SIX is set to launch at The Smith Center in Las Vegas on September 20. The cast features Gerianne Pérez as Catherine of Aragon, Zan Berube as Anne Boleyn, Amina Faye as Jane Seymour, Terica Marie as Anna of Cleves, Aline Mayagoitia as Katherine Howard, and Sydney Parra as Catherine Parr. The cast also includes Aryn Bohannon, Jana Larell Glover, Taylor Pearlstein and Cecilia Snow. In this video, watch as the company catches up with BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge as they get ready to hit the road!



Recommended For You