Off-Broadway's Silence! The Musical to Transfer to Elektra Theatre
By Andrew Gans
Producers of Silence! The Musical, winner of the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, announced July 11 that the critically acclaimed production will transfer to the brand-new Elektra Theatre with performances beginning July 18.
The musical — billed as the "unauthorized parody of 'The Silence of the Lambs'" — officially opened July 9, 2011, at Off-Broadway's Theater 80. It later transferred to PS122 for an open-ended run, officially opening Nov. 15, 2011. Performances will continue at PS122 through July 15.
The cast currently features David Garrison (Hannibal Lecter), Jenn Harris (Clarice Starling) and Stephen Bienskie (Buffalo Bill) with Harry Bouvy, Ashlee Dupré, Annie Funke, Howard Kaye, Nick McGough, Topher Nuccio, Ronica V. Reddick, Pamela Bob and Doug Trapp.
Silence! 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.).
The playing schedule at the Elektra Theatre (673 Eighth Avenue at 42nd Street) will be Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 and 7 PM.
Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or through SilenceTheMusical.com.
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