Side Show is a musical production based on the real-life story of two conjoined twins Daisy Hilton and Violet Hilton, who became popular stage performers during the 1930s. The musical is backed up with a book and lyrics by Bill Russel, and music by Henry Krieger.
As the show came closer to bigger opportunities, it was finally launched on Broadway at the Richard Rogers Theater on October 16, 1997. At that time, the musical production was under the direction of Robert Longbottom, costumes designed by Gregg Barnes and lightings provided by Brian McDevitt.
The musical show received good feedback from its audience and critics, however, the show still had to close on January 3, 1998, after the show was able to compile 91 regular performances and 31 previews.
‘Side Show’ starred Alice Ripley as Violet Hilton and Emily Skinner as Daisy Hilton. Both are part of the original Broadway casts of the musical and are also the protagonists of the show. The show also features Norm Lewis as Jake, Jeff McCarthy as Terry Connor, Kenn Jennings as The Boss and Hugh Panaro as Buddy Foster.
In the Broadway history, the musical production had been nominated for Four Tony Awards back in the year 1998, however, the Side Show won none of these awards. Despite the fact of not winning the nominations, it was the first and only time, when two actresses were both nominated for the Best Actress in a Musical Team Award.
Daisy Hilton and Violet Hilton are seen to be the Legendary Twins, the Side Show musical tells a story about the twins’ heartwarming search for acceptance and first love in the middle of their striking fame and eyed under the spotlight. The show is a combination of carnivals, vaudeville and Hollywood charm that makes the production more extraordinary.