The conjoined twins at the center of the Broadway revival of “Side Show” may sing “I Will Never Leave You,” but it looks like they will, in fact, leave you.
The reworking of the 1997 flop musical, which features Erin Davie and Emily Padgett as freak-show-turned-vaudeville-stars Violet and Daisy Hilton, will close at Broadway’s St. James Theatre on Jan. 4.
The $8 million reboot took in just $439,000 at the box office last week — well under half of its $1.1 million gross potential, and likely well below the cost it would take for the production to maintain operating costs, especially during the months of January and February, where Broadway attendance typically falls off significantly.
It’s a short stint for “Side Show,” having only started performances on Oct. 28 and officially opened on Nov. 17. The original Broadway production had a similar short stay, playing 31 previews and 91 regular performances.
Oscar-winner Bill Condon, who worked on the film versions of “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls,” made his Broadway directorial debut with “Side Show.” He has expressed interest in adapting the musical for the big screen, though nothing official has been announced yet.
A London debut for the show is also said to be in the works.
“Side Show” features a score by Henry Krieger, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell. Condon also provided additional book material.
Erin Davie and Emily Padgett announced the show's closing after a performance on NBC's "Today."
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