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Saying Goodbye to the Freak Show: Side Show's Inevitable Demise

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.05.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

And so it goes -- another production of Side Show leaves us. Its cult status will remain, untouched by mainstream attention. This is no surprise to those of us who follow such things. In fact, the surprise was that it came at all.

A Revealing Look at the Broadway Musical 'Side Show' from One of Its Stars

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

In 1997, a hauntingly beautiful and richly uncommon musical called Side Show opened on Broadway to critical acclaim. The show was based on the lives of the famous conjoined real-life twins who were headliners in the 1930s vaudeville circuit.

First Nighter: Revised Side Show Musical Still Side-Tracked

David Finkle | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

As they used to say in the '20s and '30s and often on the midway, "Nice try, but no cigar."

Thinking About Theater and Ode to Joy

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

For a change of pace, today I'm offering you a series of random theater-related thoughts. None of which could take up a post on its own, but together they seem worthy.

First Nighter: Mary Martin Let Down in Inventing Mary Martin

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Somehow it should seem appropriate that Inventing Mary Martin is as corny as Kansas in August. But the kind of corniness prevalent in conceiver-writer Stephen Cole's revue, at the York, tributing one of Broadway's great musical comedy leading ladies, is never welcome.

Some Like It Shot

George Heymont | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

ike weddings, theatrical events come in all shapes and sizes. For the audience, it's not always a question of getting what you paid for. Sometimes the experience is more about having reasonable expectations.

'Fiorello!' Succeeds: Will It Move To Broadway?

David Finkle | Posted 04.03.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

There may be two outstanding reasons why in 1960 Fiorello! was only the third musical to nab the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Both reasons are craftily on display in the sparkling Encores! revival at City Center.

Angels and Devils Take the Stage in the Deep South

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 06.20.2012 | Arts
Kristi York Wooten

As with any Stephen King story, good and evil commanded the stage in this gothic tale of brotherly-love-gone-awry.