Broadway’s “Six” crew closed Sunday night’s Tony Awards with a dizzying mashup of the musical’s title track and second show track, “Ex-Wife.”
“Six,” written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, reimagines the six wives of England’s Henry VIII as female pop stars. Actor Abby Mueller plays Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife.
Above is the cast of “Six” performing at the 2022 Tony Awards.
Unfortunately, Mueller was unable to attend the Tony Awards with her “Six” cast, and she was said to have tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day. Producers quickly called in Mallory Medeck, the show’s dance captain and Mueller’s backup, to play Jane Seymour and make sure the show ran smoothly.
The last-minute behind-the-scenes changes weren’t obvious to viewers, so Tony Awards host Ariana Debos took a moment to praise Medek’s hard work before the ad break.
“I do want everyone to hear that because that’s what tonight is all about,” DeBose told the audience. “This woman is the dance captain and the alternate who was put in that number 12 hours ago. That’s what they do because the show has to go on! And the show will go on. And this guy will.”
DeBose’s shoutout to Maedke is especially fitting given the ongoing challenges of putting on live theater during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While much of Broadway reopened last fall after an 18-month shutdown, producers continued to take the unprecedented step of delaying or scaling back shows when major cast members tested positive for COVID-19.
As a result, Broadway shows have begun to rely more on the tenacity of artists and performers like Medeck to avoid permanent closures — as did Patty Lupin, who won a Tony Award for her performance in the musical “Company” Admit it.
By all accounts, Sunday’s ceremony was a victory for Six. By the end of the night, the musical won Tony Awards for Best Original Musical and Best Costume Design.