PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Night at Silence! The Musical With Stephen Bienskie

Photos   PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Night at Silence! The Musical With Stephen Bienskie
Stephen Bienskie, who stars as killer Buffalo Bill in Off-Broadway's Silence! The Musical, invites backstage at the popular unauthorized parody.

Armed with a camera, he takes us through daily rituals and invites readers to spend an evening working, hanging out and goofing around with the tight-knit, slightly twisted cast and crew.

Here's a two-show night (shows at 8 PM and 10:30 PM) at Silence! The Musical:

Stephen Bienskie has originated roles in Zombie Prom (Jake), The Last Session (Buddy), Just So (the Leopard), Tom Jones (Mr. Fitzpatrick), SLUT (Adam) and Silence! The Musical (Buffalo Bill). He was the final Rum Tum Tugger in the closing company of Cats on Broadway and received a Helen Hayes Award for his portrayal of Cal in American premiere of The Fix.

* The twice-extended production, which officially opened July 9, will close on Sept. 24.

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording in October.

Directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, the cast is headed by Brent Barrett and Jenn Harris with Callan Bergmann, Stephen Bienskie, Harry Bouvy, Ashlee Dupre, Deidre Goodwin, Jeff Hiller, Howard Kaye and Lucia Spina.

Silence! The Musical features a book by Tony nominee Hunter Bell and music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan.

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 must face her own demons and race the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Bill. It’s a hair-raising thriller that’s kept countless millions on the edges of their seats and permeated the pop lexicon with delightfully creepy quotes like 'I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti' and, of course 'It places the lotion in the basket.' And now, at last, this delicate symphony of suspense has been turned on its ear and retold in the only way it can be — as a musical. A singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrates the action; Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin; and even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls."

Silence! is produced Off-Broadway by Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato and Donna Trinkoff. Silence! was the winner of the 2005 FringeNYC award for Outstanding Musical.

Show times are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 8 PM and 10:30 PM. Theatre 80 is located at 80 St. Marks Place (between First & Second Ave.). Tickets are $25-$65 and are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or through

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