Before SIX: The Musical Hits Broadway, It's Playing at Sea
Just last week, SIX: The Musical—a new show, about the six wives of Henry VIII, that's seen wild success in the UK—announced it's officially coming to Broadway. Yes, it really is time for a pop-infused musical that delivers the skinny on the women whose fates read bluntly as: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.
But before previews start February 13, 2020, SIX is continuing its out-of-town tryouts with a surprising twist: It will play aboard several Norwegian Cruise Line ships, beginning with the Norwegian Bliss September 1.
It's an unexpected licensing move for musical theater, since shows at sea are usually a cruise line's own creations, or surefire hits, like Jersey Boys, that are already proven crowd-pleasers on the Great White Way.
While it may be unprecedented to snag a show before its Broadway debut, NCL's move further solidifies that the cruise industry is betting big on dance. Earlier this year, two major cruise lines announced new entertainment offerings for guests: Celebrity Cruises partnered with American Ballet Theatre, and Virgin Voyages is developing work by the likes of Randy Weiner and Sam Pinkleton. Perhaps SIX is NCL's answer to Celebrity and Virgin upping the ante.
And it might be just the right move.
SIX has exploded as the little show that could: After being dreamed up by two Cambridge University seniors, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, the musical premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 and swiftly made its way to the West End the following year. It earned five Olivier nominations, including Best Musical and Best Choreography, by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. And it's already appeared in Chicago, and starting August 21, it will sweep through Cambridge, Massachusetts (at American Repertory Theater); Edmonton, Canada; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Sydney, Australia, before it arrives on Broadway.
Seems like these queens are aiming for world domination at land and sea alike.
Just hearing the word "improvisation" is enough to make some ballet dancers shake in their pointe shoes. But for Chantelle Pianetta, it's a practice she relishes. Depending on the weekend, you might find her gracing Bay Area stages as a principal with Menlowe Ballet or sweeping in awards at West Coast swing competitions.
She specializes in Jack and Jill events, which involve improvised swing dancing with an unexpected partner in front of a panel of judges. (Check her out in action below.) While sustaining her ballet career, over the past four years Pianetta has quickly risen from novice to champion level on the WCS international competition circuit.
Sean Dorsey was always going to be an activist. Growing up in a politically engaged, progressive family in Vancouver, British Columbia, "it was my heart's desire to create change in the world," he says. Far less certain was his future as a dancer.
Like many dancers, Dorsey fell in love with movement as a toddler. However, he didn't identify strongly with any particular gender growing up. Dorsey, who now identifies as trans, says, "I didn't see a single person like me anywhere in the modern dance world." The lack of trans role models and teachers, let alone all-gender studio facilities where he could feel safe and welcome, "meant that even in my wildest dreams, there was no room for that possibility."
It's hour three of an intense rehearsal, you're feeling mentally foggy and exhausted, and your stomach hurts. Did you know the culprit could be something as simple as dehydration?
Proper hydration helps maintain physical and mental function while you're dancing, and keeps your energy levels high. But with so many products on the market promising to help you rehydrate more effectively, how do you know when it's time to reach for more than water?