Queen for a day – SIX the musical writer steps in to save the day

Toby Marlow, one of the writers of smash-hit West End musical SIX, proved to be The Greatest Showman yesterday when he stepped in to save two performances of the show threatened by cast illness.

With just a few hours notice, Toby stepped into high heels and leather hotpants to take on the role of the 6th Queen, Catherine Parr, as producers decided to stage a concert version of the show rather than disappoint two sold-out audiences.

Audience members were offered tickets to see the fully choreographed show at a later date.

Maiya Quansah-Breed who normally plays Catherine Parr was on holiday. Regular alternates Grace Mouat and Vicki Manser had sore throats as did Natalie Paris who plays Jane Seymour. So regular alternate Courtney Stapleton covered Seymour but it still left the Catherine Parr track exposed. In addition to Toby, Genesis Lynea, who sang the role of Anna of Cleves on the global smash-hit SIX Studio Cast Recording also joined the cast for yesterday’s shows.

Late last night Toby took to Twitter to thank his fellow cast members, the audiences and the army SIX fans who sent thousands of messages of support after news of his appearance was first anounced by West End Understudies: “Today was one of a kind (LOL!). THANK U to the everyone at the Arts, and to all the backstage team and to the QUEENS for working together so amazingly today to make sure we could put on a show. you all made me feel so supported. Also, THE HUGEST THANK U POSSIBLE to both audiences today for being so cool about the concert performance and the cast changes! ALSO just wanna say that we have the best bloomin fandom in the whole wide world & QUEENDOM all ur posts and tweets and messages today filled me with loads of love and confidence, and plz know we will always do everything we can to give u a show. To all of our beautiful and talented UK queens: sending the hugest love to ALL of u, and I hope those of who r still recovering r taking care of urselves and return to ur usual FABulous selves soon.”

Photo: Betty Zapata

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