Silence! The Musical Will Welcome Ronica V. Reddick in June
By Andrew Gans
Ronica V. Reddick will join the cast of Off-Broadway’s Silence! The Musical, which recently won the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, next month.
Reddick will succeed Deidre Goodwin in the role of Ardelia Mapp beginning June 1. As previously announced, Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley will play a limited engagement as Dr. Hannibal Lecter June 1-24.
David Garrison (Hannibal Lecter), Jenn Harris (Clarice Starling) and Stephen Bienskie (Buffalo Bill) currently head the cast of Silence, which also features Callan Bergmann, Harry Bouvy, Ashlee Dupré, Annie Funke, Goodwin, Howard Kaye, Topher Nuccio, Pamela Bob and Doug Trapp.
Ronica V. Reddick appeared in The Jerusalem Syndrome and The Underwear Musical at NYMF; Dancing with Abandon and Jonestown at FringeNYC; A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre); Harriet Jacobs (Kansas City Rep); and The Bluest Eye (Long Wharf & Hartford Stage).
Billed as the unauthorized parody of "The Silence of the Lambs," the musical features a book by Hunter Bell, music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan and direction and choreography by Christopher Gattelli.
"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 faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecter's clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill. The laugh-out-loud wicked satire, Silence! The Musical, features a singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin. Even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he'd like to lead someday outside the prison walls."
Music supervisor is Mark Hartman, with orchestrations by Brian J. Nash.
Silence! is produced Off-Broadway by Theater Mogul.
The 9th Space Theatre at Performance Space 122 is located at 150 First Avenue (at 9th St.). Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or through www.SilenceTheMusical.com.
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