David Garrison Joins Cast of Off-Broadway's Silence! The Musical

News   David Garrison Joins Cast of Off-Broadway's Silence! The Musical
 
When Silence! The Musical — billed as the "unauthorized parody of 'The Silence of the Lambs'" — begins its open-ended run at the 9th Space Theater at P.S. 122 later this month, it will do so with a new Hannibal Lecter.

David Garrison
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David Garrison, a Tony nominee for A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, will play the role created by Brent Barrett this past summer at Theatre 80. Barrett opted to be part of the current Chicago Shakespeare Theater's staging of Follies.

Performances of Silence! are scheduled to begin Oct. 25.

Directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, the cast will be headed by Jenn Harris, who starred in the recent Off-Broadway run. Also returning will be Stephen Bienskie as the notorious Buffalo Bill, Lucia Spina as Catherine Martin and Deidre Goodwin as Ardelia Mapp. The rest of the cast includes Callan Bergmann, Pamela Bob, Harry Bouvy, Ashlee Dupré, Howard Kaye, Topher Nuccio and Doug Trapp.

Garrison was most recently on Broadway in Wicked. He received a Tony nomination for his role in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, and his other theatrical credits include Bells Are Ringing, Titanic, The Pirates of Penzance, Torch Song Trilogy, I Do! I Do!, Randy Newman's Faust, Merrily We Roll Along and You Never Know. His television credits are numerous and include "Murphy Brown," "Murder, She Wrote," "Married with Children," "L.A. Law" and "Law & Order."

Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato and Donna Trinkoff produce the run. "We've had the incredible opportunity at Theater 80 to try things we've always wanted to, and given our three-month run were able to really take the time to see what the audience responded to. So in an effort to continue to make the show the best it can be, the authors and I have trimmed some musical numbers and scenes as well as eliminated the intermission which should make it the non-stop riotous roller-coaster ride we intended six years ago," director/choreographer Gattelli said in a statement.

Silence! The Musical features a book by Tony nominee Hunter Bell and music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan.

In the Academy Award-winning film "The Silence of the Lambs," press notes state, "rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill. Clarice must face her own demons and race the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Bill. It’s a hair-raising thriller that’s kept countless millions on the edges of their seats and permeated the pop lexicon with delightfully creepy quotes like 'I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti' and, of course 'It places the lotion in the basket.' And now, at last, this delicate symphony of suspense has been turned on its ear and retold in the only way it can be — as a musical. A singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrates the action; Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin; and even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls."

The recent production also featured musical supervision by Mark Hartman with orchestrations by Brian J. Nash, set design by three-time Tony winner Scott Pask, costume design by David Kaley, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Carl Casella.

Tickets, priced $25-$79, are available by phoning (212) 352-3101 or by visiting SilenceTheMusical.com. P.S. 122 is located at 150 First Avenue.

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