Side Show opened on Broadway October 16, 1997, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Directed by Robert Longbottom and starring Tony nominee Emily Skinner and Tony Award winner Alice Ripley as Daisy and Violet Hilton, respectively, the show ran for a brief 91 performances but quickly amassed a cult following. Thanks in no small part to the uncanny chemistry (and haunting vocals) of Skinner and Ripley, the duo shared a Tony nomination for their work.
Side Show tells the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, real-life conjoined twins who were star carnival attractions in the 1930s. Daisy yearns for greater fame, Violet wants security and a home, and they both hope the show business promoters who are falling for them can give them what they want.
With a score by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) and book and lyrics by Bill Russell (Elegies for Angels...), the production featured scenic design by Robin Wagner, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, and sound design by Clark.
Flip through the photos of the show below and real twins that inspired it: