Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit, and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks.
With a completely reworked plot and new songs like "Very Well Connected," "All in the Mind," and "The Great Wedding Show," the 2014 revival delves deeper into the backstory of the Hilton twins. With the implementation of the twins' relationship with Harry Houdini and of a proposed separation surgery, the new book fleshes out characters and situations that endow the songs with more sophistication and truth.
"...the musical burrows deep into your spirit...It's just wonderful..." - The New York Times
"...one of the most emotionally wrenching and altogether satisfying shows in many a moon." - Cititour
"Condon's fabulous 'revisal' maximizes the material's strengths and minimizes its weaknesses, serving up mesmerizing entertainment veined throughout with haunting poignancy." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Side Show now takes its place in the pantheon of great American musicals." - The Wrap