First Nighter: Revised "Side Show" Musical Still Side-Tracked

November 20, 2014 6:39 PM

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Broadway musicals have such a hold over their most ardent aficionados that pre-opening buzz can reach ear-splittingly high decibel levels. Side Show, which began its Manhattan-bound trek in La Jolla with a subsequent Kennedy Center stop before arriving at the St. James, certainly got that kind of chatter going 19 to the dozen.

Word was that director Bill Condon, who worked beneficially on the Dreamgirls and Chicago movie adaptations, had revised the 1997 Bill Russell-Henry Krieger cult tuner (shuttered after 91 performances) so it would finally confirm its lasting mettle.

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