Side Show

Musical

Writers: Bill Russell Henry Krieger Hugh Wheeler

Overview

Show Information

Lyrics
Arrangement
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
1997
Genres
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
a sideshow and the vaudeville circuit, 1920s
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Some Dance
Licensor
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

Based on the true story of conjoined twins and famed entertainers Violet and Daisy Hilton, Side Show is a remarkable musical about acceptance, love, and embracing one’s uniqueness. As the starring act of a sideshow, helmed by an abusive ringmaster, Violet and Daisy Hilton are eager to accept an offer of fame, fortune, and potential romance proffered by Terry, a talent scout, and Buddy, a budding musician. As stars on the Orpheum Circuit, it seems that Violet and Daisy have everything they ever wanted. The one thing they lack, however, is the fulfillment of their hearts’ desires. Different as they are, when it comes to matters of the heart, Daisy and Violet have the same burning questions: “Who could proudly stand beside me? Who will love me as I am?” Nearly entirely sung-through, Side Show features soulful music, stunningly beautiful lyrics, and powerhouse show-stoppers, particularly the famous duets “Who Will Love Me as I Am” and “I Will Never Leave You.” A stunning reminder of the importance of accepting and celebrating what makes us unique, Side Show is a true story that will touch audience’s hearts.

Lead Characters