Side Show Revival 2014

Run Time:
Two hours and 20 minutes
Ages: 10+
Opened: November 17, 2014
Closing: January 04, 2015

Side Show - 2014 - Broadway History , Info & More

St. James Theatre (Broadway)
246 West 44th St. New York, NY

Based on the legendary Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, SIDE SHOW follows their heartwarming search for first love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight. The world of SIDE SHOW is set against the backdrop of 1920's and '30s show business that seamlessly blend the worlds of carnival, vaudeville, and Hollywood glamour.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, Gods and Monsters) making his Broadway debut, this exciting new staging of SIDE SHOW has "the flash and velocity of a Hollywood motion picture" and "puts gripping emotion in the main tent" (Los Angeles Times).

Don't miss this remarkable true story of two sisters. The very thing that makes them different... makes them extraordinary.

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‘Side Show,’ theater review
6 / 10

For a musical about true-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, the strange and stirring 'Side Show' has a nagging habit of losing its grip. Chalk it up to dramatic inconsistencies and thin characterizations. Even so, there's a lot to like about the revised vision...Beyond a laudably offbeat topic, two very good leading ladies and a shadowy, evocative design, this show's most stunning jewels are brilliant songs by composer Henry Krieger and lyricist Bill Russell, who revamped the book with director Bill Condon...Despite its unusual material, this reimagined 'Side Show' remains standard singing bio. Par for the course, the tale of two long-forgotten curios zips along quickly but feels like a lot is missing -- and what's here is sanitized...We take a journey with these dreamgirls, but there's no truly satisfying payoff -- or a portrait that goes deeper than the skin.

Side Show
6 / 10

...Bill Condon's darkly sumptuous revival, it really is better than it was. The musical has been extensively rewritten, with many new songs, richer side characters and a clearer let-your-Freaks-flag-fly message. Emily Padgett (as the stardom-eyed Daisy) and Erin Davie (as the shrinking Violet) work marvelously together, achieving both the requisite synchronicity and the trickier discreteness of personality. Ryan Silverman, Matthew Hydzik and the iron-voiced David St. Louis are impressive as their side men, and some scenes are genuinely moving. But while this sincere and stylishly designed production is perhaps the best that Side Show can be, that best, alas, isn't great. Bill Russell's lyrics-the leaden rhymes drilled into Henry Krieger's tunes, the corny banalities of the declarative songs-continually jostle the musical into kitsch.

SIDE SHOW's Erin Davie and Emily Padgett Lead BROADWAY UNPLUGGED Tonight at Town Hall
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2015

Broadway Unplugged, the critically acclaimed annual concert event at The Town Hall, will make history once again when, tonight, January 26th, the stars of the recent revival of SIDE SHOW, ERIN DAVIE & EMILY PADGETT, sing their famous two duets for the first time in a major concert hall without the aid of any amplification. Performing 'Unplugged,' audiences will hear these two iconic songs soar with a purity they have never heard before.

STAGE TUBE: SIDE SHOW Bids Broadway Farewell with Closing Curtain Encore
by Tyler Peterson - January 5, 2015

At the final closing curtain, the cast gave a touching encore performance of 'Say Goodbye to the Side Show' - check it out below!

Photo Coverage: SIDE SHOW Takes Emotional Final Bows at St. James Theatre
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - January 5, 2015

Broadway's Side Show just ended its run at the St. James Theatre yesterday, January 4, 2015. The completely reimagined revival began previews on October 28 and officially opened on November 17, 2014. Directed by Bill Condon, the musical includes new music by multiple Grammy Award winner and Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Tony Award nominee Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), with book and lyrics by Tony Award nomineeBill Russell and additional book material by Bill Condon, and choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia). Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the final curtain call!

SIDE SHOW's, Erin Davie, Emily Padgett, and More Set For BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at Town Hall, 1/26
by Sally Henry Fuller - January 4, 2015

Broadway Unplugged, the critically acclaimed annual concert event at The Town Hall, will make history once again when, on Monday, January 26th, the stars of the recent revival of SIDE SHOW, Erin Davie and Emily Padgett sing their two famous duets, 'Who Will Love Me as I Am?' and 'I Will Never Leave You' for the first time in a major concert hall without the aid of any amplification.

BWW Flashback: Goodbye to the Freak Show- SIDE SHOW Wraps Up Broadway Run Today
by BWW Special Coverage - January 4, 2015

Broadway's Side Show will end its run at the St. James Theatre today, January 4, 2015. The completely reimagined revival began previews on October 28 and officially opened on November 17, 2014. Below, BroadwayWorld salutes the revival with a special flashback of the show's road to Broadway!

VIDEO: SIDE SHOW's Erin Davie and Emily Padgett Perform on THE VIEW
by TV News Desk - December 17, 2014

Broadway's Side Show will end its run at the St. James Theatre on Sunday, January 4, 2015. Discussions are currently underway for Side Show to make its London debut. The completely reimagined revival began previews on October 28 and officially opened on November 17, 2014. Below, watch SIDE SHOW leading ladies Erin Davie and Emily Padgett perform on THE VIEW!

Broadway Revival of SIDE SHOW to be Recorded for Lincoln Center Library
by Tyler Peterson - December 17, 2014

The critically-lauded, dazzling new production of Side Show will be recorded for posterity on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 for the Lincoln Center Library was announced today. It was previously announced that Side Show will play its final performance on January 4th, 2014.

BWW TV Exclusive: Audiences React to SIDE SHOW on Broadway- Just Three Weeks Left!
by Nicole Rosky - December 15, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Broadway's Side Show will end its run at the St. James Theatre on Sunday, January 4, 2015, the show's producers announced today. Discussions are currently underway for Side Show to make its London debut. The completely reimagined revival began previews on October 28 and officially opened on November 17, 2014. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive video featuring reactions from the musical's Broadway audiences, as well as clips from the show!

VIDEO: SIDE SHOW's Erin Davie and Emily Padgett Perform 'I Will Never Leave You' on 'Today'
by Caryn Robbins - December 12, 2014

Below, watch SIDE SHOW's Erin Davie and Emily Padgett perform the number 'I Will Never Leave You,' from this morning's appearance.

DVR Alert: Cast of Broadway's SIDE SHOW Performs on NBC's TODAY This Morning
by TV News Desk - December 12, 2014

NBC previously announced that the cast of Broadway's SIDE SHOW would perform live on TODAY today, December 12.

DVR Alert: SIDE SHOW's Erin Davie & Emily Padgett to Perform on THE TODAY SHOW Tomorrow
by Tyler Peterson - December 11, 2014

NBC has announced that the cast of Broadway's SIDE SHOW will perform live on TODAY tomorrow, December 12. Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will perform the show's beloved song 'I Will Never Leave You' during the 8 AM hour.

It's Official! Bid Farewell to the Freaks - SIDE SHOW Sets Broadway Closing Date
by BWW News Desk - December 12, 2014

Broadway's Side Show will end its run at the St. James Theatre on Sunday, January 4, 2015, the show's producers announced today. Discussions are currently underway for Side Show to make its London debut.

DVR ALERT: Cast of Broadway's SIDE SHOW to Perform on NBC's 'Today', 12/12
by Caryn Robbins - December 5, 2014

NBC has announced that the cast of Broadway's SIDE SHOW will perform live on TODAY on Friday, December 12.

Understudy Megan McGinnis Makes Debut as 'Violet' in Broadway's SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - December 3, 2014

Megan McGinnis, standby for Side Show's twins on Broadway, appeared as 'Violet' in today's (December 3) matinee performance, in place of Erin Davie. Davie is, however, performing in this evening's show.

Photo Coverage: In the Recording Studio with the Cast of SIDE SHOW
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - December 1, 2014

The all-new Broadway cast recording of Side Show will be released on Broadway Records early next year. Boasting Side Show's legendary and beloved score, which now includes new music, and featuring the acclaimed vocal performances of the recently-revealed Broadway cast of the upcoming, totally reimagined production, the new original Broadway cast recording of Side Show is produced by six-time Grammy Award winning producer Frank Filipetti and will be released in the theater, stores and on iTunes in early 2015. Scroll down for photos of the cast in the recording studio!

STAGE TUBE: SIDE SHOW is 'Ready to Play' at Thanksgiving Day Parade
by Robert Diamond - November 27, 2014

Side Show stars Emily Padgett and Erin Davie led the cast in 'Ready to Play', one of the new songs in the revival of the musical. Check out footage below!

In the Spotlight Series: The Creative Team Behind Broadway's SIDE SHOW
by Walter McBride - November 28, 2014

The completely reimagined revival of Side Show opened last Monday night, November 17, at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street). Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the show's creative team, including Bill Condon and more, in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!

Side Show FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Come Look at the Freaks
Happy Birthday to You and to You
I'm Daisy, I'm Violet
Like Everyone Else
You Deserve a Better Life
Crazy, Deaf and Blind
The Devil You Know
More Than We Bargained For
Feelings You've Got to Hide
When I'm by Your Side
Say Goodbye to the Freak Show
Overnight Sensation
Leave Me Alone
We Share Everything
Buddy Kissed Me
The Interview
Who Will Love Me as I Am?
Rare Songbirds on Display
New Year's Day
Private Conversation
One Plus One Equals Three
You Should Be Loved
Tunnel of Love
Beautiful Day for a Wedding
Buddy's Confession
Marry Me, Terry
I Will Never Leave You
What Would That Be Like?
Ready to Play
Two Gems in a Single Shell
Stuck with You
We Hardly Know She's Around
She's Gone
Side Show has had 5 productions including Broadway which opened in 1997, Broadway which opened in 1997, which opened in 2006, Off-Broadway which opened in 2006 and Broadway which opened in 2014.
Side Show has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Bill Condon, Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Side Show, Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Peter Hylenski, and Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Side Show.

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