Side Show Out in Front, Again

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Ryan Silverman, Emily Padgett and Erin Davie in a scene from 'Side Show.'

A musical that spent just a few months on Broadway in 1997 has been re-tooled and returned to the Great White Way. Side Show is based on the lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins born in Britain in 1908, who became famous on the vaudeville and sideshow circuit there and in the United States in the 1930s.

The new production is directed by film veteran Bill Condon (“Gods & Monsters” and “Dreamgirls”). Erin Davie and Emily Padgett star as Violet and Daisy, respectively. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood had a front row seat at the St. James Theatre for Side Show, and lets us in on the musical’s new angles.