Daisy and Violet Hilton Will Sing Again on Broadway in Reimagined Side Show, This Fall at the St. James

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06 Aug 2014

Emily Padgett and Erin Davie
Emily Padgett and Erin Davie
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The reimagined production of the 1997 Tony-nominated musical Side Show, which was seen at La Jolla Playhouse and, more recently, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will arrive on Broadway Oct. 28 at the St. James Theatre, currently the home of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway.

Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon, who will be making his Broadway directorial debut, the musical will officially open Nov. 17. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 13 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.

Complete cast, creative team and additional information will be announced shortly.

The Kennedy Center production also featured 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.



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, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Kevin Niu, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Catherine & Fred Adler, Jim Kierstead, 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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Emily Padgett and Erin Davie
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View highlights fron the Kennedy Center production below: