Side Show


The Kennedy Center in association with La Jolla Playhouse presents a revival of the musical Side Show. With music by Henry Krieger, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, and direction by Academy Award® winning director Bill Condon, this new production is the first major revival since the production’s original 1997 Broadway debut. Side Show is based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression. It is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love.

Presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Show Type
Running Time
135 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$45 - $130

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 800-444-1324

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 06/14/2014 - 07/13/2014
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Important Dates
Performer Role
Ryan Silverman Terry Connor
Erin Davie Violet Hilton
Emily Padgett Daisy Hilton
Robert Joy Sir
Matthew Hydzik Buddy Foster
David St. Louis Jake
Blair Ross Bearded Lady, Auntie, Spectator, Reporter, Party Guest, Cherub, Texan, Cleopatra
Brandon Bieber 3 Legged Man, Spectator, Suitor, Reporter, Party Guest, Priest, Texan, Bearded L
Hannah Shankman Tattoo Girl, Spectator, Reporter, Party Guest, Cherub, Texan, Koo Koo
Matthew Patrick Davis Geek, Doctor, Cupid, Texan, Crew
Don Richard Reptile Man, Doctor, Reporter, Party Guest, Film Crew, Texan, Tod Browning
Kelvin Moon Loh Half Man-Half Woman, Doctor, Spectator, Musician, Cupid, Texan, Joseph-Josephine
Charity Dawson Fortune Teller, Spectator, Reporter, Party Guest, Cherub, Crew
Javier Ignacio Dog Boy, Houdini, Spectator, Reporter, Party Guest, Cupid, Texan, Crew
Lauren Elder Venus di Milo, Spectator, Party Guest, Cherub, Texan, Crew
Jordanna James The World’s Tiniest Cossack Woman, Musician, Cherub, Frieda
Josh Walker The World’s Tiniest Cossack Man, Musician, Cupid, Hans
Barrett Martin Pin Cushion, Judge, Suitor, Reporter, Ray, Texan, AD
Derek Hanson Roustabout, Doctor, Spectator, Suitor, Reporter, Party Guest, Altar Boy, Texan,
Con O'Shea-Creal Roustabout, Spectator, Suitor, Reporter, Waiter, Altar Boy, Texan, Crew
Production Personnel
Bill Condon
Costume Designer
Paul Tazewell
Set Designer
David Rockwell
Sound Designer
Kai Harada
Anthony Van Laast
Musical Director
Sam Davis
Lighting Designer
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer
Henry Krieger
Book Writer
Bill Russell
Bill Russell
Additional book material by Bill Condon; Special Make-up Effects Design by Dave Elsey & Lou Elsey; Wig and Hair Design by Charles G. LaPointe; Make-up Design by Cookie Jordan; Illusion Design by Paul Kieve
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Sam Davis; Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler; Orginial Arrangements by David Chase


Tim Madigan

What a wonderful production of a difficult show. Side Show is one of those musicals you really hope does well because it's a tough subject to take on - conjoined twins. This reworked revival does a much better job than the 1997 attempt, giving us a more visual experience and one that draws us into their story - a story all about relationship, a story about survival and life choices, in fact a deep story if you really think about it. As for any musical, what we also hope for is not just story but music, sets, costumes, etc... and Side Show gives it all to us. The costumes are absolutely gorgeous (red dress to die for - and that's a straight male's view) and the sets match the moods very well. But the songs are the masterpieces - giving us emotions and joys we hope for in a musical. At least 3 songs (maybe 4) makes you want to jump to your feet at their end; most musicals dream of having 1 of those. By the time the penultimate song comes, you've have the full emotion range (love, despair, vaudeville) and it just overwhelms you. And the Act 1 finale had the women in tears. It's a must see this summer.

The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
2700 F Street, Washington, DC 20566

Getting There

  • Foggy Bottom-GWU (Blue/Orange Line)
  • Free Kennedy Center shuttle bus available from the Foggy Bottom Metro to Kennedy Center


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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