Side Show

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Sunday, July 13, 2014

Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls), this new Kennedy Center reimagining of the hit musical follows the story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, as they grow from circus attraction to famous stage performers.


$45.00 - $130.00

Run Time:

Approx. 2-1/2 hours

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The Kennedy Center presents
Side Show


"AN INTOXICATING EXPERIENCE! A glorious comeback for an important American musical."--The Washington Post

"Erin Davie and Emily Padgett...lead a first-rate cast! With their inspiring soprano voices, comedic timing, and obvious compatibilities...the two are thoroughly convincing."--Variety

"Strongly acted, powerfully sung…emotionally stirring!"-- The New York Times

"This Side Show excels at making its audience confront their discomfort: It's nearly impossible to avoid marveling at the performers."-- Washingtonian


Join company members for Theater Look-in: Side Show--an insider's look, complete with lively discussion and the opportunity to ask questions of the artists.

Go "Behind the Curtain" to learn more about Side Show and tell us what you thought. Use the hashtag #SideShowDC to post about the show on social media!


Step right up to this thrilling reimagining of Side Show, the acclaimed 1997 Broadway musical inspired by the true life story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Developed in association with the La Jolla Playhouse, this production features new songs as well as new characters.Chronicling their rise from freak circus attractions to famous vaudeville entertainers during the Great Depression, Side Show follows the Hilton sisters' heartwarming search for love and normalcy amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny of the spotlight.

Featuring music by Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Bill Russell, the original production of Side Show went on to earn four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, the final two Twilight films), this exciting new staging of Side Show joins a long roster of celebrated Kennedy Center musical revivals that include Ragtime (2009) and Follies (2011).

Note: This production contains adult content.

Approximate Timing: Act I -60 min.; Intermission - 18 min.; Act II - 57 min.

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell
Music: Henry Krieger
Additional Book Material: Bill Condon
Erin Davie, Emily Padgett,
Matthew Hydzik, Robert Joy, Ryan Silverman, David St. Louis,
Brandon Bieber, Matthew Patrick Davis, Charity Angel Dawson, Lauren Elder,
Derek Hanson, Javier Ignacio, Jordanna James, Guy Lockard, Kelvin Moon Loh, Barrett Martin, Con O'Shea-Creal, Don Richard, Blair Ross, Hannah Shankman,
Josh Walker, DeLaney Westfall
Scenic Design: David Rockwell
Costume Design: Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer
Sound Design: Kai Harada
Special Make-Up Effects Design: Dave Elsey & Lou Elsey
Wig and Hair Design: Charles G. LaPointe
Make-Up Design: Cookie Jordan
Illusion Design: Paul Kieve
Production Stage Manager: Linda Marvel
Casting by Laura Stanczyk Casting
Technical Director: Doug Grekin
Orchestrations: Harold Wheeler
Original Arrangements: David Chase
Associate Director: Dave Solomon
Associate Choreographer: Janet Rothermel
Produced by Max Woodward
General Manager: John J. Hance
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Sam Davis
Choreographed by Anthony Van Laast
Directed by Bill Condon

Watch and Listen

“Come Look at the Freaks”

“Who Will Love Me As I Am?”

Meet the Freaks - Costumes and Makeup

Side Show Meet and Greet

Side Show Montage: “I Will Never Leave You”

Side Show teaser

Side Show Wrap-Up

Theater Look-in: Side Show

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