What do you get when you cross flaming youth with fusty history, and the Spice Girls with Masterpiece? Something like Six, the new musical that recasts the variously ill-fated queens of Henry VIII as a sextet of take-no-prisoners pop princesses. The show turns them into 21st-century avatars of girl power, giving them back their heads and their dignity, and backing them with a rocking all-female band, the Ladies in Waiting. Broadway is just one of the many incarnations of Six, which is already a hit in London, and is planning productions and tours in Australia, Canada and the broader UK; its cast album has been a big streaming success. The show was created by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow, and co-directed by Moss and Jamie Armitage.
Brooks Atkinson Theatre | 256 West 47th Street
Orchestra seats $129-$139
When & Where
Debra Messing (Will & Grace, Outside Mullingar) returns to Broadway in Birthday Candles, a new play by Noah Haidle (Mr. Marmalade), making his Broadway debut. In this Roundabout Theatre Company production, Messing plays the heroine, Ernestine, who finds herself contemplating the meaning of her life on her birthday. The play then expands to show us that life in a flurry of birthdays taking Ernestine from age 17 to 101. The cast also includes Emmy winner Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Whipping Man). Vivienne Benesch (After the Fall, Belle Epoque) directs.
American Airlines Theatre | 227 West 42nd Street
Orchestra seats $89 - $109
Richard Rodgers Theatre | 226 West 46th Street
Orchestra or front mezzanine seats $273.00