Before he wrote the screenplay to "The Silence of the Lambs," playwright and screen scribe Ted Tally was behind the musical satire Coming Attractions. A revival of this 1980s look at violent crime as media entertainment with music by Jack Feldman and lyrics by Feldman and Bruce Sussman will play Seattle's Repertory Actors Theatre Oct. 18-Nov. 11 at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center.
In Coming Attractions, petty criminal Lonnie Waynbe Burke is in a slump - he can't rise above his two-bit hoodlum status. That is until theatre agent Manny Alter comes into his life bringing fame, fortune and a star-making crime wave.
A former playwright (Terra Nova), Tally won an Academy Award for "The Silence of the Lambs" and has since scripted "All the Pretty Horses" and "The Red Dragon," the upcoming remake of the first Lecter film "Manhunter." Feldman and Sussman both collaborated with Barry Manilow on Copacabana and on many of the easy-listening singer's hits.
Tickets are $18. The Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center is located at 104 17th Avenue South. Repertory Actors Theatre is on the web at http://www.reacttheatre.org.
— By Christine Ehren