It Should Be Loved! SIDE SHOW is Broadway Bound - Reviews, Pics, Videos & More!
As BroadwayWorld recently reported, the Hilton sisters may soon be coming back to New York. According to The New York Times, three sources in the theater industry have confirmed that producers of the re-imagined production, which just concluded its run at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (following playing San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse earlier this year), are in talks to bring the show to Broadway - as early as this fall.
Lead producer Darren Bagert is reportedly meeting with "potential producing partners" to discuss a possible transfer of the production, which has received strong reviews in Washington D.C., though he could not "confirm or deny" the news. A spokesperson for the creators of the musical declined to comment. Should SIDE SHOW make its way to New York, sources say the St. James Theater, currently occupied by BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, could possibly be a good fit for the production.
In preparation of a possible Broadway opening, BroadwayWorld brings you a recap of the show's success at both San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse and Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center!
Kennedy Center Reviews:
Charles Isherwood, New York Times: The director of the movies "Gods and Monsters" and "Dreamgirls" (with music by Mr. Krieger), Mr. Condon has forsaken the stripped-down approach taken by the original director, Robert Longbottom, in favor of a brighter, more vivid visual style. (David Rockwell designed the lavish sets.) In the original version's opening number, "Come Look at the Freaks," the players in the side show appeared essentially normal, only striking the occasional pose to suggest a deformity. Here, the costumes (by Paul Tazewell) and makeup (by Cookie Jordan and the married team Dave Elsey and Lou Elsey) elaborately evoke their physical aberrances, bringing to disturbing life the prurient aspect of the side shows that were popular entertainments in the Depression, when the musical takes place.
Paul Harris, Variety: With Condon and the original creative duo making wholesale revisions, the team has realigned the book from an abstract work to a more vivid biographical piece based on the true story of the Hilton twins, adding 10 new numbers and cutting others. The revised storyline might register as more compelling than convincing, but it breezes along nicely under Condon's sturdy hand and is adorned with polish in every department... Erin Davie andEmily Padgett, playing Violet and Daisy, lead a first-rate cast. With their inspiring soprano voices, comedic timing and obvious compatibilities (they even look like twins), the two are thoroughly convincing as sensitive gals who just want to be like everyone else.
Peter Marks, Washington Post: In the extensively rewritten version of the musical at the Kennedy Center, re-engineered under the guidance of director Bill Condon, this song remains pretty much the same. It's the "freaks" who've been radically reconceived. On Broadway, the singers were exotic only in the mind's eye. Now, in the incarnation starting preview performances Saturday, they've been cast and elaborately costumed to resemble the "attractions" they describe: the human pincushion, the pygmies, the lizard man, the living Venus, the dog boy, the geek.
La Jolla Reviews: