STAGE TUBE: SIDE SHOW Flashback- Emily Skinner & Alice Ripley Sing 'I Will Never Leave You'
Side Show, based on the true life story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, is set to be revived at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in performances June 14 - July 13, 2014. The Kennedy Center revival, which recently premiered at La Jolla Playhouse, will star Erin Davie and Emily Padgett and will be directed by directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Chicago).
Side Show originally opened on Broadway in 1997, starring Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner as the Hilton twins. Telling the story of their rise from circus attractions to famous vaudeville performers during the Great Depression, Side Show brings us the sisters' lifelong search for fortune, romance, and a spot on the stage. Below, BroadwayWorld flashes back to the original siamese duo in action, as they perform "I Will Never Leave You" on the Rosie O'Donnell Show!
Ripley and Skinner were the first women to be co-nominated for a shared Tony Award in a musical in 1998. Ripley first debuted on Broadway in 1993 in the original cast of Who's Tommy. She went on to perform as Fantine in Les Miserables and the original casts of Sunset Boulevard (Betty Schaefer), King David (Bathsheba), James Joyce's The Dead (Molly Ivors), The Rocky Horror Show (Janet Weiss), Dreamgirls: the concert (as one of The Sweethearts), and Next to Normal (Diana Goodman, for which she won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical). She most recently starred alongside Marc Kudisch in a reading for the musical parody of 'The Shining', titled Redrum.
Emily Skinner appeared on Broadway as an ensemble member and understudy for both Emma and Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde in 1997. She also appeared in Billy Elliot, Five, James Joyce's The Dead, The Full Monty, Dinner at Eight, Encores! productions of Pardon My English and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Broadway Actor's Fund concert performances of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Dreamgirls, and in Breakfast at Tiffany's at The Muny. She will soon star in York Theatre Company's Inventing Mary Martin, which begins performances at Saint Peter's on April 15, 2014.
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