Will Broadway Audiences "Look at the Freaks" in Revised Side Show?

By Andrew Gans
10 Jul 2014

Emily Padgett and Erin Davie
Emily Padgett and Erin Davie
Photo by Kevin Berne

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' production of Side Show, which continues through July 13 in the Eisenhower Theater, is aiming for Broadway, according to the New York Times.

New York producer Darren Bagert has been discussing a New York transfer of the musical, which is produced in association with the La Jolla Playhouse, with potential investors.

A possible Broadway home for the musical, which has been revised since its Main Stem debut, could be the St. James Theatre, which currently houses the Woody Allen musical Bullets Over Broadway. Although producers of that new musical told the Times there are no plans to close Bullets, Jordan Roth of Jujamcyn Theaters — the landlord for the St. James — is "enthusiastic about a Broadway transfer," the Times reports.

A spokesperson for the Kennedy Center had no additional information about a possible transfer. Rick Miramontez, who represents Side Show creators Henry Krieger and Bill Russell, told Playbill.com he had no "comment about any transfer, but I can confirm that the creators are thrilled with the Kennedy Center engagement that ends Sunday."



The current DC production of Side Show stars Erin Davie as Violet Hilton and Emily Padgett as Daisy Hilton with Matthew Hydzik as Buddy Foster, Robert Joy as Sir, Ryan Silverman as Terry Connor (Manoel Felciano played Terry at La Jolla) and David St. Louis as Jake as well as Brandon Bieber, Charity Dawson, Lauren Elder, Derek Hanson, Javier Ignacio, Jordanna James, Guy Lockard, Kelvin Moon Loh, Barrett Martin, Con O’Shea Creal, Matthew Patrick Davis, Don Richard, Blair Ross, Hannah Shankman, Jason Walker and Delaney Westfall.

Oscar winner Bill Condon directs.

Side Show features book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger. Sam Davis serves as musical director and arranger and conducts the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

"Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression," Side Show, press notes state, "is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love."

The Kennedy Center production also has scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer and sound design by Kai Harada. The musical features choreography by Anthony Van Laast.

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.

For ticket information visit kennedy-center.org.