Carnival, Vaudeville, and Hollywood Pizzazz


The musical Side Show tells the remarkable true story of legendary conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who rose from being sideshow attractions to Hollywood stars—all while searching for love and acceptance amid the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight. Set against the backdrop of the 1920s and 1930s show business in which carnival, vaudeville, and Hollywood pizzazz seamlessly mixed, this story serves as a reminder that sometimes what makes us different is what makes us extraordinary.


The Conservatory’s production is directed by the show’s writer Bill Russell, with musical direction by Steven Ladd Jones, choreography by Michelle Chassé, and conducting by Peter Mansfield.


Side Show will be performed at Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway Street, Boston, MA, on Thursday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $25–$30 with discounts available, and can be purchased at bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/events or at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.