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Bill Condon to Direct Re-Imagined Side Show for La Jolla Playhouse and Kennedy Center

Bill Condon to Direct Re-Imagined Side Show for La Jolla Playhouse and Kennedy Center
Bill Condon
'Side Show' will play California and D.C. during the 2013-2014 season.

A re-imagined revival of Side Show will play San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse in the fall of 2013 before opening at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre in Washington D.C in June of 2014. The new production of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell’s musical will be directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls). No casting or exact dates have been announced at this time.

Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame during the Depression era, but denies them love. The musical features songs such as “I Will Never Leave You” and “Who Will Love Me As I Am?

The original Broadway production, directed by Robert Longbottom, opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on September 19, 1997. The show closed after 91 performances and received four Tony nominations, including a shared nomination for co-stars Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner. This marked the only time in Tony history where two people were co-nominated for the Best Actress award.

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