PHOTO CALL: Davis Gaines, Christine Lakin and Stephen Bienskie Star in L.A. Premiere of Silence!
By Matthew Blank
Silence! The Musical, the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award-winning Best Musical billed as the unauthorized parody of "The Silence of the Lambs," makes its West Coast premiere Aug. 31 at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles.
Silence! features a book by Hunter Bell, music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli. Opening night is set for Sept. 8.
Davis Gaines (The Phantom of the Opera) stars as Hannibal Lecter. He is joined by Christine Lakin ("Step by Step," "Family Guy") as Clarice Starling, original Silence! cast member Stephen Bienskie as Buffalo Bill, Kathy Deitch, Jeff Hiller, Alaine Kashian, John Kassir, La Toya London, Jesse Merlin, Melissa Sandvig, Jeff Skowron and Karl Warden.
Here's how the musical is billed: "In the Academy Award-winning film 'The Silence of the Lambs,' 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."
Created by Jon and Al Kaplan in 2002, Silence! The Musical began as a collection of songs on the internet and was adapted by Hunter Bell into a live stage show. Silence! The Musical is produced by Theater Mogul. (A New York production continues at the new Elektra Theatre.)
The playing schedule for Silence! The Musical will be Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM.
The Hayworth Theatre is located at 2511 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. For more information and tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or visit SilenceTheMusical.com.
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