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Side Show (2014 Broadway Revival) - Full Length Musical, Drama

Side Show (2014 Broadway Revival)

Henry Krieger, Bill Russell

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Full Length Musical, Drama

14m, 7f

ISBN: 9780573704840

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger

Based on the legendary Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, SIDE SHOW follows their heartwarming search for love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame. This version is the updated book and score from the 2014 revival.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Biography

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - In and around the Midway, Vaudeville, the Follies, on the road and at the Texas Centennial during the height of the Depression in the 1930s. It is possible to do the piece quite simply. For instance, it works well as a staged concert. But it can also be more elaborate.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

Nominee! 2015 Drama Desk Award, Best Revival of a Musical
Nominee! 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Revival of a Musical
Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks.

With a completely reworked plot and new songs like "VERY WELL CONNECTED", "ALL IN THE MIND", and "THE GREAT WEDDING SHOW", the 2014 revival delves deeper into the backstory of the Hilton twins. With the implementation of the twins' relationship with Harry Houdini and of a proposed separation surgery, the new book fleshes out characters and situations that endow the songs with more sophistication and truth.


REVIEWS 

"...the musical burrows deep into your spirit...It's just wonderful..." - The New York Times, Read More 

"...one of the most emotionally wrenching and altogether satisfying shows in many a moon." - Cititour, Read More 

"Condon's fabulous 'revisal' maximizes the material's strengths and minimizes its weaknesses, serving up mesmerizing entertainment veined throughout with haunting poignancy." - The Hollywood Reporter, Read More 

"Side Show now takes its place in the pantheon of great American musicals." - The Wrap, Read More 


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER

SIDE SHOW Live: Q&A With Broadway Records Producer, Van Dean
by Ashley Moniz
March 17, 2015

SIDE SHOW Lyricist Bill Russell on Revivals, Opening Nights and The Best Thai Food in Times Square
by Coutney Kochuba
November 10, 2014

SIDE SHOW Says Goodbye, But At What Cost For Broadway?
by Ben Coleman
January 8, 2015


The revival of Side Show premiered on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on November 17, 2014 under the direction of Bill Condon.

Characters

CASTING

14m, 7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

VIOLET HILTON
DAISY HILTON
TERRY CONNER
BUDDY FOSTER
JAKE
SIR
3 LEGGED MAN
GEEK
FORTUNE TELLER
VENUS DE MILO
DOG BOY
HOUDINI
FEMALE COSSACK
HALF-MAN HALF-WOMAN
HUMAN PIN CUSHION
JUDGE
RAY
LIZARD MAN
SIR'S LAWYER
CAMERAMAN
TOD BROWNING
BEARDED LADY
AUNTIE
TATTOO GIRL
MALE COSSACK
DOCTORS
SUITORS
ROUSTABOUTS
ENSEMBLE
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Large

MUSICAL STYLE

Contemporary Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Difficult

20 Piano Vocal

1 Piano Conductor
1 Bass
1 Cello
1 Drums 
1 Guitar
1 Horn
1 Keyboard 1
1 Keyboard 2
1 Percussion
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Trombone
1 Trumpet
1 Viola
1 Violin 1
1 Violin 2

Song Samples

1 - Come Look at the Freaks

2 - I'm Daisy, I'm Violet

3 - Like Everyone Else

4 - Very Well Connected

5 - What Brought Him Here!

6 - The Devil You Know

7 - A Private Exclusive Show

8 - Typical Girls Next Door

9 - You Should Thank Me Everyday

10 - Cut Them Apart

11 - All in the Mind

12 - Comes See a New Land

13 - Feelings You've Got to Hide

14 - Say Goodbye to the Sideshow

15 - Ready to Play

16 - The Interview

17 - Buddy Kissed Me

18 - Who Will Love Me As I Am

19 - Stuck With You / Leave Me Alone

20 - Private Conversation

21 - One Plus One Equals Three

22 - You Should Be Loved

23 - Great Wedding Show

24 - I Will Never Leave You

25 - Finale

Videos
  • Side Show Trailer

  • Javier Ignacio - "All in the Mind"

  • Bill Russell discusses "All in the Mind"

Author(s)
Henry Krieger

Henry Krieger

Henry began composing for Off-Off-Broadway in his twenties. Soon, collaborations with Tom Eyen and Broadway director/producer/choreographer Michael Bennett led to a workshop production of what was originally entitled Big Dreams. After several workshops, numerous rewrites an out of town tryout in Boston, Dreamgirls came to Broadway in 1981 and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards (including Best ... view full profile

Bill Russell

Bill Russell

Bill Russell wrote the book and lyrics for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Side Show, receiving a Tony nomination for book and sharing a nomination with composer Henry Krieger for score. He also directed that show at the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul and Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Russell co-wrote the book and lyrics for Off-Broadway’s long-running musical Pageant ... view full profile

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