You’re not seeing double. Emily Padgett and Erin Davie, fresh off their performances as conjoined twins Daisy and Violet in last year’s critically lauded revival of Side Show, will reunite at Arts for Autism’s Benefit Concert on June 20th. They’re living proof that two voices are better than one. While the riveting revival of Side Show opened to rave reviews in 2014, the run closed too soon. If you missed a chance to see this duo in action, now is your chance!
While playing conjoined twins, Emily and Erin got…you could say…close. After all, they were attached at the hip via ultra strong magnets sewn into their costumes. But their connection goes deeper than that. When these two Broadway stars sing, they prove that music is about more than just notes. Or as The New York Times put it, these actors exhibit “pin-you-to-your-seat vocal chops” to bring you a message that will “burrow deep into your spirit.” Padgett believes that this production made her stronger, not only for giving her a chance to carry a show, but for giving her the chance to carry a show with a trusted scene partner at her side every step of the way. Davie notes what an honor it was to work on a show with not one, but two incredibly strong female leads. She wishes there were more roles out there for women as rich and compelling as those of the Hilton twins.
While they make a convincing pair of twins, Padgett and Davie are by no means identical. They both have impressive resumes in their own right. Padgett got her Broadway debut in the revival of Grease and then joined the cast of Legally Blonde. She then played Sandy on the National Tour of Grease before landing a role in Rock of Ages, where she later took on the leading role of Sherrie. Her latest project is the role of Lucy in the original Broadway production Bright Star. Davie trained at the Boston Conservatory. She got her Broadway debut with the role of Young “Little” Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. Other Broadway credits include Curtains, A Little Night Music, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. It is tough to believe these stars hadn’t even met before their first rehearsal a few short years ago. Their different vocal styles (Padgett is known for her powerhouse belt, Davie for her classical and tender soprano) only makes their dynamic stronger.
The tour-de-force ballad from Side Show “Who Will Love Me As I Am?” asks a question that we all grapple with as we come of age. Padgett and Davie explored what it means to be different – and how that makes life at once more challenging and more rewarding at the same time. Their deep understanding of perseverance and self-respect makes them all the more fitting as spokeswomen for the Arts for Autism Benefit Concert.
On June 20th, they will be joining the Sandra Day O’Connor High School Choir to sing “When You Believe.” When these professionals share the spotlight, they will give you something to believe in! Get your tickets now for this one-night-only event!