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'Side Show' Broadway Review: A Sister Act Unlike Any Other in Show Biz

'Side Show' Broadway Review: A Sister Act Unlike Any Other in Show Biz
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A dark, ambitious, sometimes weirdly alluring musical drama about conjoined twin sisters, “Side Show” lasted only a few months on Broadway back in 1997.

I thought it was striking and was sorry when the musical did not catch on with the public.

Now considerably revised by its makers, “Side Show” has returned to Broadway at the St. James Theater.

Bill Russell’s story is derived from the real-life 1920s-30s times of the Hilton Sisters: Pretty conjoined twins who improbably became musical headliners in vaudeville.

Russell’s libretto sees teenaged Daisy (Emily Padgett) and Violet (Erin Davie) rescued from exploitation in a seedy carnival and then groomed for mainstream success by Terry (Ryan Silverman), a slick agent, and his song-and-dance chum Buddy (Matthew Hydzik).

 

"Happy Valley" Doc Probes Penn State Sex Scandal

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

If you go to see “Happy Valley” to learn the definitive truth about whether Penn State football coach Joe Paterno knew about his assistant coach’s predat...

'Allegro' Off Broadway Review: A Rodgers & Hammerstein Rarity

'Allegro' Off Broadway Review: A Rodgers & Hammerstein Rarity
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“Allegro” is the unconventional musical that Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II crafted in 1947 in the wake of their “Oklahoma!” and “Ca...

'Tamburlaine' Off Broadway Review: A Classical Blast From 1588

'Tamburlaine' Off Broadway Review: A Classical Blast From 1588
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

It is a bloody thrill to see “Tamburlaine, Parts I and II” staged so well by Theater for a New Audience.

Literally. A 30-minute intermission be...

'The River' Broadway Review: Hugh Jackman Goes on a Fishing Trip

'The River' Broadway Review: Hugh Jackman Goes on a Fishing Trip
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Some people may pluck some significance from “The River.”

To me, it seems like so much matinee-idol chowder.

Not that the new Broadway show at Circl...

'Grand Concourse' Off Broadway Review: Trouble at the Workplace

'Grand Concourse' Off Broadway Review: Trouble at the Workplace
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A soup kitchen in the Bronx is the scene for “Grand Concourse,” a new play that studies the relationship between an unstable young woman and a...

Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank Struggle Against Odds in "The Homesman"

Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank Struggle Against Odds in
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

The American frontier was a brutal place for women, who seemed to suffer even more than men from the isolation and the privation of the plains, and depre...

'Disgraced' Broadway Review: A Perceptive Study in Prejudice

'Disgraced' Broadway Review: A Perceptive Study in Prejudice
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A successful Pakistani-American corporate lawyer is shipwrecked on the rocks of prejudice and his own personal demons in “Disgraced.”

Produced in L...

'Lost Lake' Off Broadway Review: Losers in a Stage Snoozer

'Lost Lake' Off Broadway Review: Losers in a Stage Snoozer
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Anything can happen between a man and a woman in a ramshackle cabin over a few days in summer – romance, murder, remodeling – but nothing ever...

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