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Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

As quickly because the Queens noticed the Tiny Desk, their pleasure was palpable. After the preliminary flurry of selfies had been snapped, the actors and band utterly owned the room — enrapturing the viewers of NPR staffers assembled.

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

SIX premiered in 2017 on the famed Edinburgh Fringe Competition and was written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss whereas college students on the College of Cambridge. Since then, the present has change into a world sensation — with six productions operating concurrently. It gained this yr’s Tony Awards for finest authentic rating and finest costume design of a musical.

Opening night time on Broadway was set for March 12, 2020. Simply 90 minutes earlier than curtain, New York theaters had been ordered to shut as a result of pandemic. Because the resident theater geek on the crew, I pitched SIX for a Tiny Desk (dwelling) live performance as soon as the present lastly opened within the fall of 2021. Then it was introduced that the musical can be at The Nationwide Theatre just some miles from NPR HQ. Fortunately, we had been all lastly again at Bob’s diminutive desk recording bands, able to welcome them. The remaining, as they are saying, is herstory.


  • “Ex-Wives (Reprise)” 
  • “Coronary heart of Stone”
  • “Get Down”
  • “Six”


  • 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: electrical, acoustic guitar
  • Paige Durr: drums


  • Producer/Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Director: Kara Body 
  • Sequence Creator: Bob Boilen
  • Sequence Producer: Bobby Carter 
  • Editor: Michael Zamora 
  • Videographers: Kara Body, Michael Zamora, Pierre Kattar, Joshua Bryant
  • Manufacturing Assistants: Jill Britton, Alanté Serene, Joby Tanseco
  • Tiny Desk Staff: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Maia Stern
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


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