A Revealing Look at the Broadway Musical 'Side Show' from One of Its Stars

December 31, 2014 8:45 PM

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In 1997, a hauntingly beautiful and richly uncommon musical called Side Show opened on Broadway to critical acclaim. The show was based on the lives of Violet and Daisy Hilton, the famous conjoined real-life twins who were headliners and best paid performers in the 1930s vaudeville circuit. The Hiltons also starred in the 1932 cult film Freaks.

Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley played the sisters who desperately longed for love, acceptance and an individual identity while dealing with the constraints of their bodies. They were so convincingly physically connected and synchronized some people actually thought they were somehow glued together. ...

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