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SIX The Musical: Tiny Desk Concert

As soon as the Queens saw the Tiny Desk, their excitement was palpable. After the initial flurry of selfies were snapped, the actors and band completely owned the room — enrapturing the audience of NPR staffers assembled.

SIX The Musical imagines the six wives of Henry VIII reuniting on stage as real-life popstars. Their "queenspirations" include Beyoncé (for Catherine of Aragon, as played by Khaila Wilcoxon), Miley Cyrus (Anne Boleyn played by Storm Lever), Adele (Jane Seymour played by Jasmine Forsberg), Lizzo (Anna of Cleves played by Olivia Donalson), Britney Spears (Katherine Howard played by Didi Romero) and Celine Dion (Catherine Parr played by Gabriela Carrillo).

SIX premiered in 2017 at the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss while students at the University of Cambridge. Since then, the show has become a global sensation — with six productions running concurrently. It won this year's Tony Awards for best original score and best costume design of a musical.

Opening night on Broadway was set for March 12, 2020. Just 90 minutes before curtain, New York theaters were ordered to close due to the pandemic. As the resident theater geek on the team, I pitched SIX for a Tiny Desk (home) concert once the show finally opened in the fall of 2021. Then it was announced that the musical would be at The National Theatre just a few miles from NPR HQ. Luckily, we were all finally back at Bob's diminutive desk recording bands, ready to welcome them. The rest, as they say, is herstory.

SET LIST

  • "Ex-Wives (Reprise)" 
  • "Heart of Stone"
  • "Get Down"
  • "Six"
  • MUSICIANS

  • Khaila Wilcoxon: vocals, as Catherine of Aragon
  • Storm Lever: vocals, as Anne Boleyn
  • Jasmine Forsberg: vocals, as Jane Seymour
  • Olivia Donalson: vocals, as Anna of Cleves
  • Didi Romero: vocals, as Katherine Howard
  • Gabriela Carrillo: vocals, as Catherine Parr
  • Jo Ann Daugherty: conductor, keyboard
  • Valerie Maze: melodica, percussion
  • Janetta Goines: bass
  • Rose Laguaña: electric, acoustic guitar
  • Paige Durr: drums
  • TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer/Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Director: Kara Frame 
  • Series Creator: Bob Boilen
  • Series Producer: Bobby Carter 
  • Editor: Michael Zamora 
  • Videographers: Kara Frame, Michael Zamora, Pierre Kattar, Joshua Bryant
  • Production Assistants: Jill Britton, Alanté Serene, Joby Tanseco
  • Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Maia Stern
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
  • Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

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    Josh Rogosin (he/him) stumbled into NPR HQ in 1999 on his way to mixing shows at The Shakespeare Theatre in downtown DC. Since then, he has been at the controls for all of NPR's flagship newsmagazines and gathered sound in far flung places like Togo and Benin, West Africa, Cambodia and Greece for the Radio Expeditions series. He has engineered at NPR West and NPR NY and spent two years as Technical Director at Marketplace Productions in Los Angeles. He served as Senior Broadcast Engineer for New York Public Radio and Studio 360, and was an originating producer and sound designer for NPR's Ask Me Another.