10 Ways the Worlds of Broadway’s Side Show and American Horror Story: Freak Show Intertwine

October 28th, 2014 by

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The re-imagined production of the cult musical Side Show is now in performances at the St. James Theatre and it’s a feast for the eyes. The first-ever Broadway revival stars Emily Padgett and Erin Davie as Daisy and Violet Hilton, a set of conjoined twins whose journey takes them from the side show to the big screen.

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Now the timing really couldn’t be more perfect since TV fans worth their salt are immersing themselves every Thursday in the haunting and fascinating world of the side show thanks to Ryan Murphy’s uber-popular series American Horror Story: Freak Show.

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Below, BroadwayBox looks at 10 similarities between Side Show and Freak Show and why fans of one should run to see the other.

Now we are talking just obvious, OMG, totes comparisons so Elsa and Sir or Elsa and Terry would be too much of a stretch.

1. The star attraction at the freak show is a conjoined set of sisters.

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Photo by Andrew Eccles


2. One dreams of fame while the other is just looking for her love.

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Photo by Joan Marcus


3. Both sets of sisters were mistreated in their youth by their guardians.

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Photo by Joan Marcus


4. In addition to their unique look, the sisters also draw crowds with their gift of song.


5. The musical numbers are worth obsessing over hardcore.



6. In that time a talented "freak" could easily make a name in vaudeville.

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Photo by Joan Marcus


7. For freaks, private joyous events like marriages and births are just another day of public amusements.

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Photo by Joan Marcus


8. The gang of freaks and oddities is also a little familiar:

There's a geek
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Dwarfs
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A fortune teller
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A bearded lady
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An intersex person
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9. But fans are drawn in by the family of freaks and their real offstage bonds.

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Photo by Joan Marcus


10. And soon enough, you learn that they are just like us only extraordinary looking...except the American Horror Story freaks, those guys kill.

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Photo by Joan Marcus


Side Show is now in performances at Broadway’s St. James Theatre.