Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Erin Davie and Emily Padgett play conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in the tuner, a moving true story of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame during the Depression era, but denies them love. Side Show features songs including “I Will Never Leave You” and “Who Will Love Me As I Am?” Side Show View Comments Hollywood director Bill Condon (who wrote the screenplay for Chicago and directed Dreamgirls) makes his Broadway debut with Side Show, which was heavily revised by composer Henry Krieger, librettist/lyricist Bill Russell and Condon, who wrote additional material for the show’s book. Condon has expressed interest in adapting the musical for the big screen. Broadway.com has learned that the new reworking of the short-lived 1997 tuner Side Show is taking down its tent at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, where it started performances on October 28 and officially opened on November 17. The musical revival will close on January 4, 2015. Step right up, musical fans. It’s your last chance to come look at the freaks on the Great White Way. In addition to Davie and Padgett, Side Show stars Ryan Silverman as Terry Connor, Matthew Hydzik as Buddy Foster, David St. Louis as Jake and Robert Joy as Sir. Featured in the ensemble are Brandon Bieber, Matthew Patrick Davis, Charity Angel Dawson, Lauren Elder, Javier Ignacio, Jordanna James, Kevin Moon Loh, Barrett Martin, Don Richard, Blair Ross, Hannah Shankman, Josh Walker, Con O’Shea-Creal, Derek Hanson and DeLaney Westfall. Discussions are underway for the show to make its London debut. No further information, including a timeline and theater for the production’s UK bow, has been announced. Related Shows The production previously ran at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Before reaching for that can of soda, consider that the carbonated beverage may actually cause pain, according to researchers at USC.On Sept. 29, The Journal of Neuroscience published a study conducted by USC professor Emily Liman that says the consumption of carbonated beverages triggers electrical impulses in our body that cause small amounts of pain.A rather serendiptous moment in her laboratory led Liman to explore the interaction between pain and soda.“We had one student in the lab working on molecules involved in mustard detection and one student who was working on responses to acids by taste cells. One day we took the solutions from the mustard detection and applied them to the taste cells,” Liman said.The two graduate students involved, Yuanyuan Wang and Rui Chang, continued to assist Professor Liman throughout the progression of the study.Liman said the sensory perception that one experiences when drinking soda is first sourness and then a burning sensation.It was previously thought that this burning sensation was caused by the chemical nature of the carbonation, particularly the bubbles found in such beverages. The study, however, proves that it is the carbon dioxide within the composition that leads to the burning.The study used the cells of mice that were taken from the part of the brain that contains pain sensory cells. The cells were then floated in carbonated saline to observe which ones reacted to the carbon dioxide.“TRPA1 molecules sense mustard and other noxious chemicals. These cells have receptors in our nasal and oral cavities; mustard binds to these receptors caus[ing] the generation of the electrical impulse. The same was found in the case of carbon dioxide,” Liman said.Liman said that even though the consumption of carbonated drinks causes pain and alerts our body to tissue damage, given the relatively small quantities of compounds within these drinks, tissue damage is unlikely to occur, even if someone is a regular soda drinker.Chang said he doesn’t think this discovery will change students’ drinking habits.“[The pain] is not expressed in the taste, there are other pathways in our body for us to feel like we’re drinking soda,” he said.Sabrina Hsu, a sophomore majoring in psychology who said she is a regular soda drinker, said she doesn’t believe she will stop drinking soda.“Generally people do what they want, regardless of what studies find,” Hsu said.