Silence! The Musical, Parody of Classic Thriller, Opens Off-Broadway July 9

News   Silence! The Musical, Parody of Classic Thriller, Opens Off-Broadway July 9
Silence! The Musical — billed as the "unauthorized parody of 'The Silence of the Lambs'" — officially opens July 9 at 8 PM following previews that began June 24 at Off-Broadway's Theater 80.

Jenn Harris and Brent Barrett
Jenn Harris and Brent Barrett Photo by Carol Rosegg

Directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, the production is currently scheduled to play a limited engagement through Aug. 13.

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."

The production also features musical supervision by Mark Hartman with orchestrations by Brian J. Nash, set design by three-time Tony winner Scott Pask, costume design by David Kaley, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Carl Casella. 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 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 $38 and are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or through

The cast of <i>Silence! The Musical</i>
The cast of Silence! The Musical Photo by Carol Rosegg
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