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La Jolla Playhouse presents Side Show; Music by Henry Krieger, Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell, Choreographed by Anthony Van Laast, Directed by Bill Condon

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Re-Imagined Musical

Side Show

November 5 - December 15

Music by Henry Krieger
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Choreographed by Anthony Van Laast
Directed by Bill Condon

In Association with The Kennedy Center

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for an enticing peek inside the world of
Side Show.

Witness the extraordinary true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, sisters joined for life as they journey from the streets to stardom. Reimagined by a musical theatre dream team, the girls' quest for love and normalcy is set against the spectacle of fame and the scrutiny of the spotlight.

Contains adult content.







Production Sponsors

Morrison Foerster

Lead Sponsor

Northern Trust

Co-Sponsor

California Arts Council

Open Captioning Support

National Arts & Disability Center

Open Captioning Support



Meet the Creative Team

Henry Krieger began composing for Off-Off Broadway in his twenties, a venue that led to his meeting with playwright-lyricist Tom Eyen. Together with director-choreographer Michael Bennett, they created the long running Broadway hit musical, Dreamgirls, which opened at the Imperial Theatre on December 20, 1981. Dreamgirls won six Tony Awards®, and Mr. Krieger was nominated for his now-legendary score, for which he won the Grammy Award® for Best Original Cast Album. Dreamgirls generated new success with new audiences as a Dreamworks film written and directed by Bill Condon. The film was nominated for eight Academy Award®, including three nominations for Mr. Krieger for "Love You, I Do," "Listen," and "Patience." He received a Grammy Award® for, "Love You, I Do." Side Show, his most recent Broadway musical, was directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with book and lyrics by Bill Russell. The musical received four Tony® nominations, including Best Score. His last collaboration with Bill Russell resulted in Up in the Air, which made its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in 2008 under the direction of Amon Miyamoto.

Bill Russell wrote the book and lyrics for Side Show, receiving a Tony Award® nomination for book and sharing a nomination with composer Henry Krieger for score. Mr. Russell co-wrote the book and lyrics for Off-Broadway's long-running musical Pageant (with collaborators Frank Kelly, Albert Evans, and Robert Longbottom), and directed it at the King's Head Theatre in London. The production transferred to the West End, received two Olivier Award nominations, and won that prestigious prize for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for Miles Western's portrayal of Miss West Coast. He authored the book and lyrics for Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens (music by Janet Hood), directing it in New York and in London's Fringe and West End, among many others, including a celebrity benefit in New York which was recorded by Fynsworth Alley. Other credits as bookwriter/lyricist include: Off-Broadway's Fourtune and The Texas Chainsaw Musical (co-author), Family Style (Minneapolis), Everything's Ducky and Lucky Duck (with Henry Krieger and Jeffrey Hatcher), and Kept with Henry Krieger and Steven Chbosky. He adapted the book of Call Me Madam for City Center Encores!. The Last Smoker in America, for which he wrote the book and lyrics with composer Peter Melnick, opened off-Broadway last summer.

Bill Condon is a celebrated film director and Oscar® winning screenwriter known for directing actors to critically-acclaimed and award winning performances. His adaptation of the Broadway smash Dreamgirls won two Academy Awards® and three Golden Globes, including Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. Condon directed from his own screenplay and was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award. Condon also wrote and directed Kinsey, for which he won the 2005 Best Director Award from the British Directors Guild. He also wrote and directed Gods and Monsters, which earned him an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay. Condon wrote the screenplay for the big-screen version of the musical Chicago, for which he received a second Oscar® nomination. The film, which starred Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, won six Academy Awards®, including Best Picture of 2002. Condon serves as President of Film Independent, as well as the Independent Writers Steering Committee of the WGA. Condon shot The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 concurrently with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.

Anthony Van Laast trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, later joining the Company as both performer and choreographer. Theatre credit include: Sister Act (London, Broadway, Hamburg); Royal Hunt of the Sun at The National Theatre directed by Trevor Nunn; Mamma Mia! (worldwide – Dora Mavor Moore Award and Helpmann Award nomination); Bombay Dreams (London, Broadway – Tony Award® nomination); Whistle Down the Wind; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Olivier Award nomination), among many others. He has also directed and choreographed for film (among them: Never Say Never Again, Excalibur, Jesus Christ Superstar (Emmy award), Mamma Mia!; Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows), television (several Royal Variety Performances, HM The Queen Mother's 90th Birthday, Absolutely Fabulous) and concerts (Sarah Brightman, Cleo Laine; The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Celebration, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th birthday concert).

Design Credits

Scenic Design David Rockwell
Costume Design Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer
Sound Design Kai Harada

Press and Reviews for Side Show

"EMOTIONALLY RICH...has a flash and velocity of a Hollywood motion picture."
"PUTS GRIPPING EMOTION IN THE MAIN TENT."

– LA Times

"THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN!"
"DEMANDS TO BE SEEN."

– BroadwayWorld.com

"UNQUESTIONABLY IT DAZZLES!"
– Variety

"STYLISHLY REVIVED MUSICAL...standout performances...sharp choreography."
– UT San Diego

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

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Side Show Special Events

Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday

Friday, November 8 at 6:00 pm

Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego’s finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesdays

Tuesday, November 12 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. More info coming soon.

ACCESS Event

ACCESS

Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 pm

During this performance, La Jolla Playhouse provides American Sign Language interpretation for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing and audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesdays

Tuesday, November 19 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. More info coming soon.

Foodie Friday and ASL Performance

Foodie Friday and ASL Interpreted Performance

Friday, November 22. Foodie Friday starts at 6:00 pm, performance with added American Sign Language interpretation is at 8:00 pm.

Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego's finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!

Insider Event

Insider Event

Saturday, November 23 at 1:00 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

Insider Event

Insider Event

Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday

Friday, December 6 at 6:00 pm

Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego’s finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!

Open Captioning

Open Captioning Performance

Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 pm

This Open Caption performance is supported by California Arts Council and National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles.

 

Discovery Sunday and ASL Performance

Discovery Sunday and ASL Interpreted Performance

Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm. Discovery Sunday begins after the performance

Special guest speakers engage audience members in a moderated discussion exploring the issues and themes in the play.

Emily Padgett (left) as Daisy and Erin Davie as Violet; photo by Kevin Berne

Robert Joy (front) as Sir; photo by Kevin Berne

(L-R) Emily Padgett, Erin Davie and Manoel Felciano; photo by Kevin Berne

(L-R) Barrett Martin, Emily Padgett, Erin Davie and Matthew Hydzik; photo by Kevin Berne

(L-R) Zonya Love, Javier Ignacio, Hannah Shankman, Lauren Elder and Brandon Bieber; photo by Kevin Berne

(L-R) Emily Padgett, Erin Davie and Matthew Hydzik; photo by Kevin Berne

David St. Louis with Emily Padgett and Erin Davie; photo by Kevin Berne

(L-R) Manoel Felciano, Emily Padgett, Erin Davie and Matthew Hydzik; photo by Kevin Berne

Check out song clips from the show!