THEATER: SIAMESE, IF YOU PLEASE

READY FOR A MUSICAL ABOUT REALLY CLOSE SISTERS?

Come look at the freaks! Come gape at the geeks!" The minute those accusatory opening lines are sung, by 20 actors in bleacher seats facing the audience, you fear the worst. Side Show, the first new musical of the Broadway season, tells the real-life story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, Siamese twins who became a hit vaudeville act in the 1930s. Everybody is curious about such human oddities--and aren't you ashamed!

As it turns out, Side Show takes only mild umbrage at show-biz exploitation, preferring to explore the mushier travails of two really close sisters who just can't seem to land...