Full Length Musical
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
Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
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.
"...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
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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.