Broadway Revival of SIDE SHOW to Close on Broadway (Already?)

Side Show 2014 Broadway RevivalIn a case of deja vu, the unique musical tale of the Hilton sisters, Side Show, is leaving Broadway sooner than expected. The Broadway revival of Side Show only opened on November 17, 2014, and is now set to close on January 4, 2015 — an even shorter run than the original production.

Though the producers are saying a London transfer is possible, I find it hard to believe that this most anticipated revival would close so early and not wait out until the Spring to enjoy the pre-Tony Awards boost most shows receive. The Broadway revival cast album won’t even be released until February 15, 2015.

I hope the producers change their minds and hang on until April, so more people have a chance to see Side Show while on vacation during Spring Break. Everyone knows Broadway is a tourist industry, so hang on till the Spring Break tourists get there!


Press release:

The critically-lauded, dazzling new production of Side Show, which was just named one of “The Best Musicals of 2014” by Charles Isherwood of The New York Times, will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, January 4, 2015, the show’s producers announced today.  Discussions are currently underway for Side Show to make its London debut.

Those who have purchased tickets to a performance after January 4, 2015 should call Customer Service at 212-239-6210 for exchange or refund.

Side Show is currently playing at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, where it began performances on October 28, and officially opened on Monday, November 17, 2014 to rave reviews. The production is directed by Academy Award® winner Bill Condon, making his theatrical directorial debut.   For more information, please visit

Side Show includes new music by multiple Grammy Award® winner and Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Tony Award® nominee Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), with book and lyrics by Tony Award® nominee Bill Russell and additional book material by Bill Condon, and choreography by Tony and Olivier Award® nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia!).

Side Show is inspired by the remarkable true story of the Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, who were legends in their time and the highest paid performers on the vaudeville circuit. Side Show is their heartwarming search for first love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight.

Erin Davie and Emily Padgett, returned to Broadway in their respective leading roles as Violet and Daisy Hilton. The cast also includes Matthew Hydzik as Buddy Foster, Robert Joy as Sir, Ryan Silverman as Terry Connor, and David St. Louis as Jake.  The ensemble of side show characters include Brandon Bieber as the 3 Legged Man, Matthew Patrick Davis as the Geek, Charity Angel Dawson as the Fortune Teller, Lauren Elder as the Venus di Milo, Javier Ignacio as the Dog Boy, Jordanna James as the World’s Tiniest Cossack (female), Kelvin Moon Loh as the Half-Man Half-Woman, Barrett Martin as the Human Pin Cushion, Don Richard as the Reptile Man, Blair Ross as the Bearded Lady, Hannah Shankman as the Tattoo Girl, Josh Walker as the World’s Tiniest Cossack (male), with Con O’Shea-Creal, Derek Hanson, and DeLaney Westfall.

Set design by three-time Tony Award® nominee David Rockwell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray, Academy Awards); lighting design by nine-time Tony Award® winners Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer (Ragtime, Gypsy, Chicago); costume design by five–time Tony Award® nominee Paul Tazewell (The Color Purple, In the Heights); sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Motown, After Midnight); hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Gentleman’s Guide, Motown); make-up design by Cookie Jordan, illusions by Paul Kieve (Pippin, Matilda, Ghost); special make-up effects by the Academy Award® winning team Dave Elsy & Lou Elsy (X-Men, Star Wars Episode III, Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones), musical direction and arrangements by Sam Davis (Dreamgirls at the Apollo), and orchestrations by six time Tony Award® nominee Harold Wheeler, (Hairspray, Dreamgirls, The Wiz). Since its inception, Jack Tantleff has served as Creative Supervisor.

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