Fil-Canadian actress makes Broadway debut in ‘Six’

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) — As curtains go up on Broadway, an actress-singer with Filipino roots takes center stage.

Filipino-Canadian performer Andrea Macasaet plays one of the lead characters in the Broadway production of “Six”, a critically acclaimed musical about the wives of King Henry VIII of England. She landed the role of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife.

Macasaet spoke to CNN Philippines about how she was cast for the musical show.

“When I got involved with the project, it was early 2019. I auditioned in Toronto, open call. So, I just showed up. I sang a pop song,” she said in an interview with New Day on Thursday.

“When they offered me the contract, I thought I was going to perform the show in Chicago and then in Canada and that would be it. Little did I know, this show would take me to my Broadway debut in New York City,” she added.

The musical actress said she auditioned because she “fell in love” with the music of “Six”.

The Broadway premiere was postponed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show finally opened on Oct. 3.

Macasaet shared when the Broadway reopened, it was like a weight was lifted off their shoulders.

About ‘Six’

The show revolves around the competition among the six wives of King Henry VIII, according to Macasaet.

"The six wives actually compete in a concert-style show and they ask the audience which of the wives had the worst time with Henry VIII," she said.

"There is a twist at the end that leaves the audience feeling empowered...and full of joy," she hinted.

What's next?

Macasaet is focusing on “Six” for now, which is on an open-ended run, but she said she would also love to collaborate with her fellow Filipino artists in the future.

She also hopes to continue doing what she loves for a long time, which is performing on the theater stage, to show young Filipino girls that dreams do come true.