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Brooks Atkinson Theatre

  • Theater
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

Time Out says

Like the Walter Kerr Theatre, the Brooks Atkinson was named after—are you sitting down?—a critic. In 1960, the Mansfield was rechristened for the longtime drama reviewer of The New York Times. Today, the space is home to the retro-'80s heavy-metal jukebox musical, Rock of Ages. With 1,069 seats, the Atkinson is a comfortable mid-size Broadway house. Fun facts: Leading lady Antoinette Perry, after whom the Tony Awards were named, acted here in The Ladder in 1926 and Neil Simon's first play, Come Blow Your Horn, opened at the Atkinson in 1961.


256 W 47th St
New York
Cross street:
between Broadway and Eighth Ave
Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St; N, R to 49th St
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Musicals

Broadway review by Adam Feldman Who doesn’t enjoy a royal wedding? The zingy Broadway musical Six celebrates, in boisterous fashion, the union of English dynastic history and modern pop music. On a mock concert stage, backed by an all-female band, the six wives of the 16th-century monarch Henry VIII air their grievances in song, and most of them have plenty to complain about: two were beheaded, two were divorced, one died soon after childbirth. In this self-described “histo-remix,” members of the long-suffering sextet spin their pain into bops; the queens sing their heads off and the audience loses its mind.  That may be for the best, because Six is not a show that bears too much thinking about. Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss wrote it when they were still students at Cambridge University, and it has the feel of a very entertaining senior showcase. Its 80 minutes are stuffed with clever turns of rhyme and catchy pastiche melodies that let mega-voiced singers toss off impressive “riffs to ruffle your ruffs.” The show's own riffs on history are educational, too, like a cheeky new British edition of Schoolhouse Rock. If all these hors d’oeuvres don’t quite add up to a meal, they are undeniably tasty. Aside from the opening number and finale and one detour into Sprockets–style German club dancing, Six is devoted to giving each of the queens—let’s call them the Slice Girls—one moment apiece in the spotlight, decked out in glittering jewel-encrusted outfits by Gabriella Slade that are Tu

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