Side Show (2014 Broadway Revival)

Side Show (2014 Broadway Revival)

by  Henry Krieger, Bill Russell

Full Length Musical, Drama

Based on the legendary Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, SIDE SHOW follows their heartwarming search for love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame. This version is the updated book and score from the 2014 revival.

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Side Show (2014 Broadway Revival)
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  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
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  • Accolades


    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks.

With a completely reworked plot and new songs like "Very Well Connected", "All in the Mind", and "The Great Wedding Show", the 2014 revival delves deeper into the backstory of the Hilton twins. With the implementation of the twins' relationship with Harry Houdini and of a proposed separation surgery, the new book fleshes out characters and situations that endow the songs with more sophistication and truth.

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  • Nominee! 2015 Drama Desk Award, Best Revival of a Musical
    Nominee! 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Revival of a Musical



"...the musical burrows deep into your spirit...It's just wonderful..." - The New York Times, Read More 

" of the most emotionally wrenching and altogether satisfying shows in many a moon." - Cititour, Read More 

"Condon's fabulous 'revisal' maximizes the material's strengths and minimizes its weaknesses, serving up mesmerizing entertainment veined throughout with haunting poignancy." - The Hollywood Reporter, Read More 

"Side Show now takes its place in the pantheon of great American musicals." - The Wrap, Read More 


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  • Side Show Trailer
  • Javier Ignacio - "All in the Mind"
  • Bill Russell discusses "All in the Mind"
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.



  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: In and around the Midway, Vaudeville, the Follies, on the road and at the Texas Centennial during the height of the Depression in the 1930s. It is possible to do the piece quite simply. For instance, it works well as a staged concert. But it can also be more elaborate.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: Contemporary Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

1 - Come Look at the Freaks
2 - I'm Daisy, I'm Violet
3 - Like Everyone Else
4 - Very Well Connected
5 - What Brought Him Here!
6 - The Devil You Know
7 - A Private Exclusive Show
8 - Typical Girls Next Door
9 - You Should Thank Me Everyday
10 - Cut Them Apart
11 - All in the Mind
12 - Comes See a New Land
13 - Feelings You've Got to Hide
14 - Say Goodbye to the Sideshow
15 - Ready to Play
16 - The Interview
17 - Buddy Kissed Me
18 - Who Will Love Me As I Am
19 - Stuck With You / Leave Me Alone
20 - Private Conversation
21 - One Plus One Equals Three
22 - You Should Be Loved
23 - Great Wedding Show
24 - I Will Never Leave You
25 - Finale
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

20 Piano Vocal score

1 full score
1 Piano Conductor
1 Bass
1 Cello
1 Drums 
1 Guitar
1 Horn
1 Keyboard 2
1 Percussion
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Trombone
1 Trumpet
1 Viola
1 Violin 1
1 Violin 2

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Henry Krieger

Henry began composing for Off-Off-Broadway in his twenties. Soon, collaborations with Tom Eyen and Broadway director/producer/choreographer Michael Bennett led to a workshop production of what was originally entitled Big Dreams. After several workshops, numerous rewrites an out of town tryout in Boston, Dreamgirls cam ...

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Bill Russell

Bill Russell wrote the book and lyrics for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Side Show, receiving a Tony nomination for book and sharing a nomination with composer Henry Krieger for score. He also directed that show at the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul and Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Russel ...

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The revival of Side Show premiered on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on November 17, 2014 under the direction of Bill Condon.

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