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'Side Show' to close on Broadway

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Joan Marcus

Broadway’s Side Show is leaving town. The musical is well-known for having a brief stay on Broadway back in 1997, and the new revival will close on the same day the original did 16 years ago: Producers announced Friday it is set to close Jan. 4. 

That means the re-worked revival, seen as a second chance for the show, will have an even slighter stay on Broadway than its predecessor.

The musical about conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton became a cult favorite after its initial run, but it underwent a variety of changes with film director Bill Condon at the helm. The show with music and lyrics from Henry Krieger and Bill Russell consists of reportedly 60 percent new material. “There aren’t that many precedents I can think of, of rethinking something so drastically,” Condon told EW back in 2013 when the production hit the La Jolla Playhouse. “I hope and believe that we’ve stayed true to the essence of what people have always loved about it.”

According to the announcement of the show’s closing, talks are underway to bring the show to London. The show’s stars, Erin Davie and Emily Padgett, performed the number “I Will Never Leave You” on the Today show Friday morning.

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