Off-Broadway's Silence! The Musical Welcomes Billy Elliot's Stephen Hanna to Its Cast
By Andrew Gans
Stephen Hanna, who played Older Billy in the original Broadway cast of Billy Elliot, joins the cast of Off-Broadway's Silence! The Musical, winner of the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, Sept. 19 in the role of Dream Hannibal.
He joins a cast that includes David Garrison (Hannibal Lecter) and Jenn Harris (Clarice Starling) with David Ayers, Harry Bouvy, Ashlee Dupré, Howard Kaye, Topher Nuccio, Ronica V. Reddick, Kimberly Stern, Pamela Bob and Doug Trapp.
Hanna starred as Sid in the national tour of Come Fly Away. He joined New York City Ballet in 1997, and in 2005 was promoted to the rank of principal dancer.
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 playing schedule at the Elektra Theatre (673 Eighth Avenue at 42nd Street) is 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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