Stage Door Speed Round: SIX’s Bella Coppola
There’s something special about those opening moments of “Ex-Wives.” It makes Bella Coppola feel like royalty—which makes sense given that she is making her Broadway debut as Jane Seymour in the hit Broadway musical Six at the Lena Horne Theatre.
The star, who played Pat in Kinky Boots Off-Broadway last year, is the latest to join in Theatrely’s Stage Door Speed Round.
Check out Coppola below as she reveals the best castmate for Broadway trivia, her favorite place in Midtown to grab a bite, and what Jane Seymour has taught her. (P.S. If you haven’t heard it yet, listen to her single “Forbidden Fruit”—it’s a jam!)
In addition to Coppola, Six currently stars Hailee Kaleem Wright as Catherine of Aragon, Leandra Ellis-Gaston as Anne Boleyn, Nasia Thomas as Anna of Cleves, Zoe Jensen as Katherine Howard, and Taylor Iman Jones as Catherine Parr. The cast also includes Marilyn Caserta, Ayla Ciccone-Burton, Holli’ Conway, Kristina Leopold, and Aubrey Matalon as Alternates.
The musical won two Tony Awards last year, including Best Original Score for songwriters Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, the latter serving as co-director with Jamie Armitage. The hit show—which has consistently played above 95 percent capacity—opened October 3, 2021 at what was then the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The house was dedicated after Lena Horne in November last year.
Six follows the six wives of Henry VIII as they reclaim their narrative through an American Idol–style singing competition. A Broadway cast recording, Six: Live on Opening Night, debuted in May at Number 1 on the Billboard cast album charts and has already been streamed over 36 million times.
Outside of NYC, Six is traveling across America with two casts. The Boleyn tour is currently in Des Moines, Iowa, through February 19. It then hits up Nashville from February 21-26. The Aragon leg will next play in San Francisco, beginning February 21. It is also currently playing at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End, on tour in the UK, and in Brisbane, Australia.
Video production by Brandon Schwartz