Nearly Naked's Side Show Is a Musical That's the Sum of Many Excellent Parts

The setup: Side Show, with music by Dreamgirls' Henry Krieger, was not a Broadway hit upon its 1997 debut. The play about the fame of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who made it out of the freaks' tent (but not too far) in the 1930s, is generally referred to as a cult favorite, although people who avidly follow little-known tuners seem to me more like geeks (the current definition, not the chicken-decapitating kind that's employed on stage) who display rarefied taste than they do alt-entertainment cultists.

Nearly Naked Theatre has, in any case, answered a lot of lonely fans' prayers by putting up a skillful and nicely glitzy production of the identity-affirming show.

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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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