Oh, Henry – six wives? Oh good? And you had to kill some of them?
It’s good to be king. But not so good to be one of the six wives of Henry VIII, as the tale goes, who starred in a very sordid story. “Divorced, beheaded, dead, divorced, beheaded, survived.” In this order.
The Tudor queens can tell their side of the story in the pop production “SIX: The Musical” which opens Tuesday at the Saenger Theater and runs until December 4.
Contemporary sounds and costumes are the format for this remix that examines the lives of women (Ladies Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard and Parr) in a female performance that lets wives have the final say.
The show won Tony and Outer Critics Circle awards which examine monarchs from 1484 to 1602. It opened on Broadway in October 2021.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through December 1, 8:00 p.m. December 2-3, 2:00 p.m. December 3, 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. December 4 at the Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St. Tickets start at $35. Visit saengernola.com.
A first NOLA
“Crailisted,” Sharai Bohannon’s original work released seven years ago, gets a regional premiere with the NOLA Project theater company opening Dec. 1 at Loyola University’s Marquette Theater.
The show looks at Maggie, a college student looking for funds, who uses the Craigslist website to earn a quick buck. She uses the site to connect with strangers to express “their craziest sides”. This interaction is a path to discover “more about people (and about herself) than she ever wanted to know”.
Directed by Leslie Claverie, the cast includes Aria Jackson as Maggie, and Emily Bagwill, Ross Brill, Mariola Chalas, Keith Claverie, Donyae Lewis, Robert A. Mitchell and Megan Whittle.
The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday plus December 14, 3 p.m. Sunday through December 17; Marquette Theater, 6301 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Tickets start at $20. Visit nolaproject.com.
Seasonal sites in Saenger
Before the princesses of pop (er, queens) hit the Canal Street theater, the spirit of the season intensifies with “Holiday Dreams: A Spectacular Holiday Cirque.”
The show is a mashup of specialist acts including acrobats, aerialists, comedians, daredevils mixed with holograms, interactive lasers and projection mapping.
The family show, created by Q Productions Las Vegas, is a one-night event at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $29.50. saengernola.com.
“THE FAMILY LINE”: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 and 8 p.m. on Fridays, 2:30 p.m. on Sundays until December 18; Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden, 1113 Chartres St. Goat in the Road Productions’ immersive performance piece is inspired by the historic house as well as the 1892 General Strike, a successful interracial organizing event. Tickets are $40. bkhouse.org.
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