BoHo Theatre


Side Show poster

Side Show

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger
Directed by Stephen M. Genovese

May 26 – July 9, 2006

presented at Theatre Building Chicago

The show begins in the 1930s at a second-rate sideshow where "Siamese" twins Daisy and Violet Hilton are the main attraction. With the assistance of a handsome talent scout named Terry and his assistant Buddy, the twins leave the sideshow (and their mean handler) and try their luck on the vaudeville circuit.

With their sideshow friend Jake along to help, the ladies set out in search of fame, acceptance, and love. However, the conjoined twins find that their unique physical limitations, as well as some personal biases, present obstacles in their pursuit of attaining their dreams.

  • Anthony Apodaca
  • Kevin Bishop
  • Brandon Dahlquist
  • Kate Froehlich
  • Kate Garassino
  • Jonathan Goodman
  • Aaron Holland
  • Eric Lindahl
  • Vanessa Panerosa
  • Nicole Pellegrino
  • Andrea Prestinario
  • Rus Rainear
  • Erik Schroeder
  • Elizabeth Christine Tanner
  • Music Director: A. Scott Williams
  • Choreographers: Brenda Didier and Andrew Waters
  • Scenic Design: John Zuiker
  • Costume Design: Theresa Ham
  • Stage Manager: Kate Piatt-Eckert
  • Producer: Thomas J. Samorian

Nominated for NINE Jeff Citations!

  • Outstanding Production (Musical) — (WINNER!)
  • Outstanding Direction (Musical): Stephen M. Genovese — (WINNER!)
  • Musical Direction: A. Scott Williams
  • Choreography: Brenda Didier and Andrew Waters
  • Outstanding Ensemble
  • Principle Actress (Musical): Vanessa Panerosa — (WINNER!)
  • Principle Actress (Musical): Andrea Prestinario — (WINNER!)
  • Supporting Actor(Musical): Eric Lindahl — (WINNER!)
  • Costume Design: Theresa Ham

Winner of THREE After Dark Awards

  • Outstanding Production in a Musical
  • Outstanding Musical Direction: A. Scott Williams
  • Outstanding Performance: Eric Lindahl

Side Show Production Photos:

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Rave reviews for Side Show:

"Stephen M. Genovese's production inarguably is the best non-Equity musical staged here in years." (Highly Recommended)
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"Bohemian's "Side Show" gets top marks." (Recommended)
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"Wow! ...a sensational show that hits all the right chords." (Highly Recommended)
Tim Sauers, Gay Chicago Magazine

"The sisters ...establish the most intense connection we’re likely to see onstage this year." (Recommended - 4 Stars)
Kris Vire, Time Out

"Intensely intimate staging, which features nearly perfect performances" (Recommended)
Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader

"Bohemian Theatre's production definitely modern musical caviar." (Highly Recommended)
Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times

"An honest, believable picture of another time and place." (Recommended)
John Olson,

"This show is a major summer hit! Kudos to Bohemian Theatre Ensemble" (Highly Recommended)
Tom Williams,