Casting Announced for Porchlight's Side Show, First Post-Broadway Staging of Revised Version

News   Casting Announced for Porchlight's Side Show, First Post-Broadway Staging of Revised Version
 
Chicago's Porchlight Music Theatre will present the first post-Broadway production of the revised version of Side Show, which played 20 previews and 56 regular performances during the 2014-15 season.

Porchlight, in fact, was contacted and invited by the authors to present the first post-Broadway production of their newly revised version; this presentation will be still further refined through the "intimate vision of the Porchlight lens to create a newly conceived experience in the telling of the lives of these two astonishing women," according to a press statement.

Side Show has a score by Tony nominee Henry Krieger, book and lyrics by Tony nominee Bill Russell and additional book material by Bill Condon, who directed the revival.

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Porchlight artistic director Michael Weber will helm the Chicago staging, which will be presented Sept. 11-Oct. 18. Aaron Benham is the musical director, and the choreographer is Andrew Waters.

Colleen Fee and Britt-Marie Sivertsen will star as Daisy and Violet Hilton, respectively, with Matthew Keffer (Terry Connor), Devin DeSantis (Buddy Foster), Evan Tyrone Martin (Jake), Matthias Austin (Sir), Johnson Brock (The Human Pin Cushion/Ray), Colin Funk (The Dog Boy/Harry Houdini), Veronica Garza (The Fortune Teller), Amanda Hartley (The Bearded Lady/Auntie), Peter Eli Johnson (The Roustabout), Ben Kay (The Geek), Courtney Mack (The Tattoo Girl), Michael Mejia (The Lizard Man), Deanna Meyers (The Half Man-Half Woman), Kristen Noonan (Venus de Milo) and Creg Scliavi (The 3-Legged Man).

The production team also includes Megan Truscott (scenic designer), Porchlight artistic associate Bill Morey (costume designer), Greg Freeman (lighting designer), Ross Hoppe (projection designer), Robert Hornbostel (sound designer), Jay Tollefsen (properties designer), Kevin Barthel (wig designer), Alexandra Garfinkle (dramaturg), Jessica Forella (stage manager) and Porchlight artistic associate Aaron Shapiro (production manager). Side Show, according to press notes, "is inspired by the true-life story of the legendary conjoined twin circus, vaudeville and movie stars The Hilton Sisters, Daisy and Violet, and their search for love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny while under the spotlight of public opinion. Set against the backdrop of 1920s and ‘30s show business, Side Show seamlessly blends the worlds of carnival, vaudeville, and Hollywood glamour in a haunting and sympathetic story of extraordinary humanity."

Additional details of the upcoming Porchlight season follow:

Ain’t Misbehavin’ 
Nov. 14 – Dec. 20
Book by  Murray Horwitz and  Richard Maltby, Jr.
Music by  Fats Waller
 
Direction and Choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier 
Music Direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Austin Cook 

Cast: Robin DaSilva, Sharriese Hamilton, Donterrio Johnson, Lorenzo Rush Jr. and Lina Wass 

Far From Heaven
CHICAGO PREMIERE 
Feb. 5 – March 13, 2016
Book by  Richard Greenberg
Music by  Scott Frankel
Lyrics by  Michael Korie
 
Direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Rob Lindley 
Music Direction by Chuck Larkin
Choreography by William Carlos Angulo
Starring Summer Naomi Smart as “Cathy Whitaker”

Dreamgirls

April 8 – May 15, 2016
Lyrics and Book by  Tom Eyen
Music by  Henry Krieger
 
Direction and Choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier 
Music Direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck
Associate Choreography by Chris Carter
 

Single tickets may be purchased at porchlightmusictheatre.org or (773) 327-5252.

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