It's official! As previously speculated, after successful runs in both San Diego and Washington, D.C., director Bill Condon’s re-imagined staging of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell’s Side Show is transferring to Broadway. The musical will begin performances on October 28 at the St. James Theatre. Opening night is set for November 17. Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will reprise their roles as Violet and Daisy Hilton, respectively, on the Great White Way. Further casting and creative team will be announced later.
Davie's Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Grey Gardens, Curtains and A Little Night Music. Padgett has appeared on the Great White Way in Legally Blonde, Grease and Rock of Ages.
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 tuner 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.