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Emily Padgett & Erin Davie to Play Daisy and Violet Hilton in La Jolla Playhouse and Kennedy Center's SIDE SHOW- Full Cast Announced!

La Jolla Playhouse, in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has announced casting for its re-imagining of Henry Krieger (music) and Bill Russell's (book and lyrics) Side Show, produced in association with the Kennedy Center. Helmed by Academy Award-winning director Bill Condon and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast, the production will run in The Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre November 5 - December 15, 2013 and will run in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater June 14 - July 13, 2014. Tickets for The Playhouse run go on sale September 8 and are available or by calling Patron Services at (858) 550-1010.

"Bill Condon is coming to The Playhouse to develop and stage a re-imagined script and score for Side Show with this hugely talented cast and crew. We can't wait to work with them as they breathe bewitching new life into this favorite of the American Musical Theatre," said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley.

The show's leading ladies - conjoined twins "Violet Hilton" and "Daisy Hilton" - will be played by Broadway favorites Erin Davie (Grey Gardens) and Emily Padgett (Rock of Ages) respectively; Manoel Felciano (Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd) as "Terry Connor"; Matthew Hydzik (Broadway revival of West Side Story) as "Buddy"; David St. Louis (Broadway's Harlem Song) as "Jake."

Returning to The Playhouse following her stunning, Tony Award-nominated performance as "Norma Valverde" in the hit musical Hands on a Hardbody is Keala Settle as "Fortune Teller."

The company also boasts the talents of Brandon Bieber (Broadway's Follies) as "Freak," Lauren Elder (Broadway revival of Hair) as a member of the ensemble, Javier Ignacio (Forever Plaid) as "Houdini," Robert Joy (Dr. Sid Hammerback on CSI: NY) as "Sir," Kelvin Moon Loh (off-Broadway's Here Lies Love) as "Freak,"Zonya Love (Broadway's The Color Purple) as "Hottentot," Barrett Martin (Broadway's Nice Work if You Can Get It) as "Ray/Freak," Don Richard (Wicked national tour) as "Martin Arnold/Freak" and Blair Ross (Broadway's Jekyll and Hyde) as "Bearded Lady/Auntie."

Additionally, several local actors will join the cast, including Matthew Patrick Davis (Playhouse's A Midsummer Night's Dream) as "Freak," Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper as "Freak/Dr. Weldon," Hannah Shankman as a member of the ensemble, as well as and David Kirk Grant and Michelle London as swings.

The creative team features David Rockwell (2011 and 2010 Academy Awards; Broadway's Kinky Boots), scenic design; Paul Tazewell (Sideways, His Girl Friday, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots), costume design; Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (2013 Tony Award winners for Broadway's Lucky Guy), lighting design andKai Harada (Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet), sound design.

Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, Side Show is a moving portrait of two beautiful, talented sisters on the rise. But as they transform from circus novelties to famed stage stars, the spotlight doesn't deliver all they had hoped, testing the strength of their unique bond.

The nationally-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is known for its tradition of creating some of the most exciting and adventurous new work in regional theatre. The Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, and is considered one of the most well-respected not-for-profit theatres in the country. Numerous Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway, including the currently running, Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, as well as Big River, The Who's Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Walk in the Woods, Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Farnsworth Invention, Memphis, 33 Variations, Peter and the Starcatcher, Bonnie & Clyde, Chaplin and Hands on a Hardbody. Located on the UC San Diego campus, La Jolla Playhouse is made up of three primary performance spaces: the Mandell Weiss Theatre, the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre and the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for La Jolla Playhouse, a state-of-the-Art Theatre complex which features the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. La Jolla Playhouse is led by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is America's living memorial to President Kennedy. It is the nation's busiest performing arts facility and annually hosts more than 2,000 performances for audiences totaling nearly two million; Center related touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts welcome 40 million more. Now in its 42nd season, the Center presents performances of music, dance, and theater; supports artists in the creation of new work; and serves the nation as a leader in arts education. With its artistic affiliates, the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, and VSA, the Center's achievements as a commissioner, producer, and nurturer of developing artists have resulted in more than 200 theatrical productions, dozens of new ballets, operas, and musical works. The Center has produced and co-produced Annie, the American premiere of LES MISERABLES, and Titanic. In the past dozen years, the Center has produced theSondheim Celebration (six Stephen Sondheim musicals), Tennessee Williams Explored (three of Williams' classic plays), Mame, Carnival!, August Wilson's 20thCentury (Wilson's complete ten play cycle), Broadway: Three Generations, and Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera featuring three works by the playwright performed concurrently on three Kennedy Center stages. The Kennedy Center production of Ragtime transferred to Broadway in 2008 and the Kennedy Center production of Follies transferred to Broadway in 2011 followed by a successful run at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. The Center's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Kennedy Center Honors is broadcast annually on CBS; The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize is seen on PBS. Each year, millions people nationwide take part in innovative and effective education programs initiated by the Center. The programs of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center offer practical training to thousands of arts managers and board members at all stages of professional development in the United States and around the world. As part of the Center's Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, the Center stages more than 400 free performances of music, dance, and theater by artists from around the world each year on the Center's main stages, and every evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage.

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