PHOTO CALL: Silence! The Musical, With David Garrison, Plays Off-Broadway's P.S. 122

News   PHOTO CALL: Silence! The Musical, With David Garrison, Plays Off-Broadway's P.S. 122
Following a limited engagement at Theater 80, Silence! The Musical — billed as the "unauthorized parody of 'The Silence of the Lambs'" — began its open-ended run at the 9th Space Theater at P.S. 122 Oct. 25.

David Garrison, a Tony nominee for A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, plays Hannibal Lecter, the role created by Brent Barrett this past summer at Theatre 80. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, the cast is also headed by Jenn Harris, who starred in the recent Off-Broadway run. Also returning are Stephen Bienskie as the notorious Buffalo Bill, Lucia Spina as Catherine Martin and Deidre Goodwin as Ardelia Mapp. The rest of the cast includes Callan Bergmann, Pamela Bob, Harry Bouvy, Ashlee Dupré, Howard Kaye, Topher Nuccio and Doug Trapp.

Here is a look at the show:

Opening night is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 8 PM. Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato and Donna Trinkoff produce.

"We've had the incredible opportunity at Theater 80 to try things we've always wanted to, and given our three-month run were able to really take the time to see what the audience responded to. So in an effort to continue to make the show the best it can be, the authors and I have trimmed some musical numbers and scenes as well as eliminated the intermission which should make it the non-stop riotous roller-coaster ride we intended six years ago," director/choreographer Gattelli said in a recent statement. 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."

The original cast recording is due in November from Ghostlight Records.

Tickets, priced $25-$79, are available by phoning (212) 352-3101 or by visiting P.S. 122 is located at 150 First Avenue.

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