“SideShow” will once again repeat itself as a Broadway flop despite a superior production to that seen back in 1997 when it garnered a Tony nomination for Best Musical. Erin Davie and Emily Padgett as the Hilton sisters, conjoined aka “Siamese” twins sing magically as does the rest of the cast. However, it must be acknowledged that the emphasis on their “otherness” and the world of “freaks” must have been off-putting to a general Broadway audience seeking star turns. Also, a serious musical that doesn’t end with a pastry puff ending is still a tough sell in the current Broadway climate. Hats off to Bill Condon and his creative team for re-inventing and re-conceiving this heartfelt tribute to a type of American performance history that is all too unfamiliar to
today’s audiences.