Side Show

November 18, 2014 4:30 AM

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If you saw Side Show the first time around, you may not recognize it. No one needs a scene-by-scene comparison, but do know that it's been heavily rewritten—reportedly by about 60 percent—and a few of your favorite numbers may likely be gone (personally, I missed the kicky Egyptian-themed '20s pastiche ''We Share Everything''). And if you didn't see it the first time around, you're likely to leave asking: what was all the fuss about? Certainly not this leaden, sporadically moving update—which bears little resemblance to the original production.

Condon, a Side Show fan himself, has used the Hilton sisters' real-life appearance in the 1932 horror flick Freaks as inspiration for a somewhat traditional biomusical: Think of it as the E! True Hollywood Story of ''Siamese'' twins Daisy and Violet Hilton (Emily Padgett and Erin Davie, respectively...

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