SIDE SHOW at the La Jolla Playhouse

Les Spindle – Frontiers L.A.

“Come look at the freaks!” sings a grotesque carnival barker, introducing a bizarre contingent of sideshow performers—hardly a typical opening scene for a Broadway musical. The adventurous Side Show, which bowed in New York in 1997 to critical acclaim and four Tony nominations, closed following a three-month run. It was apparently too edgy for Broadway audiences whose idea of a sufficiently envelope-pushing musical at that time was probably Victor/Victoria.
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Now running through December 15.