It’s official – Side Show opens on Broadway November 17

Just announced – Side Show, seen here at the Kennedy Center last June, will indeed be going to Broadway, moving into the St. James Theatre, now home to Bullets over Broadway. This ends months of online speculation which began on Side Show‘s opening night. Side Show will open for previews October 28th, with the official opening scheduled for November 17th. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 13.

Emily Padgett as Daisy and Erin Davie as Violet (Photo: Joan Davie)

Emily Padgett as Daisy and Erin Davie as Violet (Photo: Joan Davie)

The Broadway producers became convinced after seeing the production and reading the unanimous critical response to the Kennedy Center/La Jolla Playhouse co-production.  Jayne Blanchard (DCTS) wrote: “… astounding visual artistry, a ripping yarn and a tingly emotional score, stirringly sung by the company, which is as heart-stopping as a high-flying aerialist act.” Paul Harris (Variety) who rarely reviews now, praised the re-worked book and score: “its real selling point is its thoroughly delightful score, enhanced with terrific new songs.”Peter Marks (Washington Post) found it “intoxicating … Anyone not knocked out by this ravishing musical is hereby ordered to have their vital signs checked.”

In breaking the news, the producers announced that Bill Condon, whose brilliant direction is credited for the success of the revival of the Henry Krieger/Bill Russell musical will make his Broadway directorial debut at the helm of Side Show.

Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will continue in their roles as conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton. Other creative and casting notices will follow.

Here’s hoping that the Broadway casting agents will re-unite the entire cast of  Side Show.

Side Show cast (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Cast members of Side Show: (center Emily Padgett and Erin Davie (Daisy and Violet Hilton) and the freaks (l-r) including Pin Cushion (Barrett Martin), Bearded Lady (Blair Ross), Reptile Man (Don Richard), Sir (Robert Joy), Geek (Matthew Patrick Davis), Half Man-Half Woman (Kelvin Moon Loh), Venus di Milo (Lauren Elder), Cannibal King/Jake (David St. Louis), The World’s Tiniest Cossacks (Jordanna James and Josh Walker), Fortune Teller (Charity Dawson), 3 Legged Man (Brandon Bieber), and front: Tattoo Girl (Hannah Shankman) and Dog Boy (Javier Ignacio). (Photo: Joan Marcus)

It’s difficult to imagine better artistic choices than those experienced in the Kennedy Center production, especially David Rockwell’s sets, Paul Tazewell’s costumes, Paul Kieve’s magic and Harold Wheeler’s orchestrations.

Montage from Side Show at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts: June 14 – July 13, 2014

Lorraine Treanor About Lorraine Treanor

Lorraine Treanor has been editor of DC Theatre Scene since 2006. She has produced plays and concerts in her hometown of Chicago, and twice in the Capital Fringe festival. Her daughter Nina Norris is an artist working in Chicago. Life's a blast because she shares it with writer Tim Treanor.


  1. The Kennedy Center production was wonderful – I can’t imagine what will be changed to make it more “palatable” for New York, but remember the recent Kennedy Center production of Follies that transferred to New York after rave reviews in Washington. Did it ever find an audience? Was it “doomed” because it was from DC and directed by Eric S.? Let’s hope Side Show becomes the smash that it deserves to be! Here’s to a long and profitable run!



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