Freaks of Side Show Will Return in 2013-14 at La Jolla Playhouse and Kennedy Center; Bill Condon to Direct

News   Freaks of Side Show Will Return in 2013-14 at La Jolla Playhouse and Kennedy Center; Bill Condon to Direct
 
A new production of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell's Tony Award-nominated musical Side Show, about real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, will return in a new production shaped by Academy Award winner Bill Condon.

Condon, who adapted and directed Krieger's Dreamgirls for the screen, has been refining the material with the authors over several workshops. He will direct the re-imagined production of Side Show, which will debut at the La Jolla Playhouse in fall 2013 prior to a run at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre in June 2014.

"Henry and I are thrilled to be doing more work with Bill Condon on this piece," Russell told Playbill.com. "We've already done quite a bit of rethinking, re-examining and revising of it together and his brilliance and passion for the show are inspiring. Long-time fans of the original should not be alarmed. Though we're excited by this opportunity to take another look at the material, the essence of the show is still intact."

Casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date.

Krieger's score propels the mostly sung-through musical that traces the lives of the Hilton twins from their rough upbringing in a traveling freak show, to their turn as celebrated Vaudeville stars, who were never able to live a life apart from the curious eyes of the public. A cast album preserves many of the songs from the production, but large sections of Kreiger and Russell's recitative that link the action were unrecorded.

Side Show debuted on Broadway Sept. 19, 1997, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Robert Longbottom directed the original production that starred Tony nominee Emily Skinner and Tony Award winner Alice Ripley as Daisy and Violet Hilton, respectively. The actresses shared a Tony Award nomination for their work. The original cast also included Norm Lewis, Hugh Panaro and Jeff McCarthy. Side Show ran for 31 previews and 91 performances on Broadway.

Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley in <i>Side Show. </i>
Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley in Side Show. Photo by Joan Marcus
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