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Garland Award-Winning Director Nick DeGruccio Casts The Show
Tom Griffin On Board as Musical Director

Burbank, CA - December 17, 2001 — The Colony Theatre Company is currently in rehearsal for the final production of its 2001-02 season, the Los Angeles premiere of Side Show. With book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, this legendary cult musical tells the true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton - beautiful, talented, and joined at the hip - who became the toast of the vaudeville circuit during the Depression. When it opened on Broadway, it was hailed by the New York Times as “A marvel...daring, enthralling, and astonishingly effective”, and “a bright and moving musical with poignancy, urgency, and a refreshingly unsentimental honesty that demands attention.” 

Director Nick DeGruccio has helmed several of The Colony’s most popular and critical successes including the West Coast Premiere of Putting It Together , which received multiple Theatre LA Ovation nominations and Backstage West Garland Award for Best Musical. DeGruccio also co-directed City Of Angels, which won the Theatre LA Ovation Award for Best Musical.

Side Show’s Musical Director is Tom Griffin. Griffin was Associate Conductor for the National Tour of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast and, most recently, Musical Director for Honk, The Musical at Center Theatre in Long Beach.

Joining the cast as conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton are Misty Cotton and Julie Dixon Jackson. Cotton appeared on Broadway and the National Tour of Miss Saigon as Ellen, and in the National Tours of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as the Narrator and Les Miserables as Eponine. Jackson appeared in the National Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, and in Southern California Civic Light Opera productions of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as the Narrator, Into The Woods as Little Red Riding Hood, and Evita in the title role.

Also in the cast as Terry, Buddy, and Jake are Kevin Earley, Mark W. Smith, and David Jennings, respectively. Earley was featured in the recent Reprise! productions of 1776 as Rutledge and The Most Happy Fella as Herman, and in Southern California CLO productions of Carousel as Billy Bigelow and Titanic as Frederick Barrett. He won a Jefferson Award in Chicago for Assassins as The Balladeer. Smith recently returned from London, where he starred in the West End hit musical Notre Dame de Paris, reprising the role of Phoebus, the captain of the guard, which he originated in the American premiere production. On Broadway, Jennings took over the role of Coalhouse Walker, Jr., from Brian Stokes Mitchell in Ragtime. His other Broadway roles include John in Miss Saigon and The Minstrel in Once Upon A Mattress starring Sarah Jessica Parker. 

The cast also includes Michael Bonnabel, Bridget Brady, Fernando Christopher, Andrew Djang, Lisa Donahey, Jeremiah James, Alissa-Nicole Koblentz, Christia Mantzke, Matthew Scott Miller, Todd Nielsen, Heather R. Provost, Jose Restrepo, Renee Schell, Merry Simkins, Mark Smith, Rob Terrazas, and Michael Wallot.

According to The Colony’s Producing Director, Barbara Beckley,Side Show was like a gift. We had already announced plans to complete our current season with Into The Woods, and our brochures were on the way to the printer. Then the Ahmanson announced its intention to do a revised production of the same musical - and at exactly the same time.  This left us in an untenable position, so we applied for the rights to three other musicals, hoping one might come through. To our surprise and utter delight that musical was Side Show.

AEA Agreement, Performance Schedule, Ticket Prices

Side Show marks the final production under The Colony’s Special Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association in which the theatre curtained off all but 168 seats. Starting in Spring for the 2002-2003 season, the company will begin performing at full 276-seat capacity under Equity contracts. 

Side Show opens Saturday, February 2, 2002, and is scheduled to run through April 7. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8PM, Sundays at 2 PM. Ticket prices for Thursday and Friday are $28 ($25 for Students and Seniors); Saturday, all seats $31; Sunday, $31 ($28 for Students and Seniors). Tickets for the General Public go on sale January 22. Due to intense subject matter, Side Show is not recommended for young children.

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