PHOTO CALL: First Day of Rehearsal for Broadway's Reimagined Side Show!

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The reimagined production of the 1997 Tony-nominated musical Side Show, which was seen at La Jolla Playhouse and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will arrive on Broadway Oct. 28 at the St. James Theatre.

Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon, who will be making his Broadway directorial debut, the musical will officially open Nov. 17.

Tickets are now available at SideShowBroadway.com.

Erin Davie and Emily Padgett, who starred in both the La Jolla and Kennedy Center engagements, will reprise their leading roles as conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton.

The two actresses will be joined by Matthew Hydzik as Buddy Foster, Robert Joy as Sir, Ryan Silverman as Terry Connor and David St. Louis as Jake with Brandon Bieber as the 3 Legged Man, Matthew Patrick Davis as the Geek, Charity Angel Dawson as the Fortune Teller, Lauren Elder as the Venus di Milo, Javier Ignacio as the Dog Boy, Jordanna James as the World’s Tiniest Woman, Kelvin Moon Loh as the Half-Man Half-Woman, Barrett Martin as the Human Pin Cushion, Don Richard as the Reptile Man, Blair Ross as the Bearded Lady, Hannah Shankman as the Tattoo Girl, Josh Walker as the World’s Tiniest Man, Con O’Shea-Creal, Derek Hanson and DeLaney Westfall. The production will also have lighting design by nine-time Tony Award winners Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, set design by three-time Tony Award nominee David Rockwell, costume design by five–time Tony Award nominee Paul Tazewell, sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe, make-up design by Cookie Jordan, illusions by Paul Kieve, special make-up effects by the Academy Award-winning team Dave Elsy & Lou Elsy, musical direction and arrangements by Sam Davis, orchestrations by six time Tony Award nominee Harold Wheeler and choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast. Since its inception, Jack Tantleff has served as creative supervisor.

Read reviews from the Kennedy Center run here.

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

Condon’s new production, according to press notes, "reimagines the world of Side Show, set against the backdrop of 1920’s and 30’s show business that seamlessly blends the worlds of carnival, vaudeville, and Hollywood glamour."

The musical is inspired by the "remarkable true story of the Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, who were legends in their time and the highest paid performers on the vaudeville circuit. Side Show is their heartwarming search for first love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight."

The original Broadway production of Side Show opened on Oct. 16, 1997, and was directed by Robert Longbottom. The production starred Alice Ripley, Emily Skinner, Ken Jennings, Norm Lewis, Jeff McCarthy and Hugh Panaro. It ran for 91 performances and received four Tony nominations, including a shared nomination for co-stars Ripley and Skinner, the only time in Tony history where two people were co-nominated for the Best Actress award.

Side Show will be produced by Darren Bagert, Martin Massman, Jayne Baron Sherman, Universal Stage Productions, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Joined At The Hip, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Michael M. Kaiser, Jim Kierstead, Catherine & Fred Adler, Marc Levine, Pretty Little Freaks, Seaview Productions, Matthew Masten, and Jujamcyn Theaters in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and La Jolla Playhouse.

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