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).