New and Improved SIDE SHOW Fleshes Out Its Story of Conjoined Twins

November 19, 2014 3:12 AM

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Weeks after the original 1997 Broadway production of Side Show closed up shop after less than 100 performances, the show's marquee continued to grace the Richard Rodgers Theatre and rumors spread that Henry Krieger (music) and Bill Russell's (book/lyrics) musical inspired by the lives and vaudeville careers of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton would return to Broadway. After all, it did receive a good deal of positive notices and word of mouth helped build a loyal fan base that packed the theatre and lustily cheered on its final performances.

But Broadway audiences showed little interest in a musical about what is generally referred to as Siamese twins. Still, the original cast album and subsequent regional productions helped cultivate Side Show's reputation as cult musical; an adventurous flop that deserved a second chance.

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