(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in The New York Times, 11/6; via Pam Green.)

Emily Padgett and Erin Davie stood shoulder to shoulder and hip to hip while stagehands focused lights on and around them during a recent rehearsal for the Broadway revival of “Side Show.” Ms. Padgett ran a hand through her curly wig, parted on the opposite side of Ms. Davie’s. Ms. Davie toyed with the hem of her red dress, a mirror image of Ms. Padgett’s. When they sang the final chorus to the ballad “Who Will Love Me as I Am?,” their voices melded so seamlessly you could hardly tell which bright note issued from which lipsticked mouth.

In “Side Show,” the two star as Daisy and Violet Hilton, characters drawn from a real pair of cutie-pie sisters who cut a swath through nightspots and vaudeville theaters in the 1920s and ’30s. Daisy danced. Violet played the saxophone. But audiences thronged because the sisters, fused at the pelvis, were the rare set of conjoined twins to have survived infancy.


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