Side Show Original Cast to Reunite for 54 Below Concerts
By Adam Hetrick
Side Show original Broadway cast members Alice Ripley, Norm Lewis, Jeff McCarthy, Hugh Panaro and more will reunite to perform songs from the musical at 54 Below in March.
The 7 PM and 9:30 PM concerts on March 9 will feature Tony nominee Ripley, who co-starred as Violet, with original leading men Lewis, McCarthy and Panaro, as well as original Side Show standby Lauren Kennedy. The Skivvies will also perform.
Side Show, about real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, has a score by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) and book and lyrics by Bill Russell (Elegies for Angels...).
Side Show debuted on Broadway Sept. 19, 1997, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Though its Broadway run was brief, at only 91 performances, Side Show has garnered a legion of fans. Robert Longbottom directed the original production that starred Tony nominee Emily Skinner and Tony Award winner Ripley as Daisy and Violet Hilton, respectively. The actresses shared a Tony Award nomination for their work. A re-imagined version of the musical, directed by Bill Condon, will arrive at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. this summer. Read about it here.
There is a $50-$60 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. 54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. Tickets and additional information are available at 54Below.com.
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