“Side Show” Will Have First Broadway Revival This Fall

Joan Marcus

“Side Show,” the biographical musical about Depression-era vaudeville conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton that first premiered on Broadway in 1997, will see its first revival on the Great White Way this fall.

The production, which transfers after successful runs at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., will begin performances Oct. 28 at the St. James Theatre.

Opening night is scheduled for Nov. 17.

“Side Show” features a score by “Dreamgirls” scribe Henry Krieger, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell (“The Last Smoker in America”). Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Bill Condon, who directed the film version of “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls,” will make his Broadway directorial debut in this new staging. He’s also credited with additional book material.

Starring as our conjoined heroines will be Erin Davie and Emily Padgett, reprising their leading roles from the Kennedy Center production. The 1997 production was lead by Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner, who were both Tony-nominated in the Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category -- the only time in history there’s ever been a co-nomination.

Additional casting will be announced soon. Tickets information can be found at

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