Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Henry Krieger, Bill Russell|
Side Show (1997 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
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This is One Terrific Musical!!!
Steven Lavigne | Minneapolis, MN USA | 03/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this show on Broadway during it's too short engagement. If ever a musical deserved an audience and a longer run than 95 performances, this is it! Fortunately, the original cast album, released just before the show closed, retains the excitment of its scope and score. Alice Ripley (whom I'd also seen in the dreadful SUNSET BLVD) and Emily Skinner are marvelous as the Hilton Sisters, Siamese Twins who escaped the Freak Show to star on Broadway, even though their personal lives were at odds.I look forward to many more good musicals by Bill Russell! SIDE SHOW is one of the best!!!"
Emotional, eclectic, and enjoyable!
Boggler | 07/01/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After a disappointingly short run on Broadway this fall, SIDE SHOW has been preserved on a fantastic original cast recording that tells much of the story through songs and recitative. Cast members Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner will dazzle you with their vocal dexterity, particularly in their duets that end each act. Composer Harvey Krieger, most well known for DREAMGIRLS, has written a pop-based contemporary musical that navigates its way through the surprisingly universal story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton -- and their conflicting dreams. The score brims with amazing variety, from the rock-based quartet "Tunnel of Love" to the charming Charleston pastiche song, "We Share Everything." Lyricist Harvey Russel brings a Hammerstieinesque simplicity to the story's incredibly complex conflicts; He emotionally injects the pain and anguish of rejection with dignity and honesty. A very satisfying musical -- one of the decade's best."
Nice Score ... Too Bad Show Didn't Last Longer
AJK | Chicago, IL | 07/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Opening in the Fall of 1997, "Side Show" was roughly based on the lives of Daisy & Violet Hilton, Siamese twins who were Vaudeville performers during the Depression. Unfortunately, the production lasted only lasted about three months before closing.
Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner (both nominated for Best Actress Tonys) are terrific as the twins and have beautiful voices. The talented supporting cast includes Ken Jennings ("Sweeney Todd"), Norm Lewis, Hugh Panaro, and Jeff McCarthy.
Overall, the score is quite good and contains several memorable songs. Henry Krieger's beautiful music, however, is somewhat hindered by the score's uneven lyrics.
Come Look At The Freaks
The Devil You Know
Who Will Love Me As I Am
You Should Be Loved
I Will Never Leave You
Hopefully, this production will surface again one day. Until then, this cd is a nice listen!