New 'Side Show' brings thrills, chills, compassion

November 18, 2014 3:54 PM

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NEW YORK — It's impossible to see Side Show, the Bill Russell/Henry Krieger musical inspired by the real-life story of conjoined twins who attracted prurient interest as a performing act in the 1920s and '30s, and not marvel at how much pop culture and media have changed — not just over the past century, but also since the show premiered on Broadway 17 years ago.

Had Daisy and Violet Hilton lived today, when it's possible to measure our fascination with the foibles and misfortunes of others in clicks, they might have experienced levels of fame and humiliation far greater than those provided by vaudeville audiences and exploitation films such as 1932's Freaks...

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