Silence! The Musical Will Welcome Hairspray's Annie Funke to Cast

News   Silence! The Musical Will Welcome Hairspray's Annie Funke to Cast
Hairspray's Annie Funke will join the cast of Silence! The Musical — billed as the "unauthorized parody of 'The Silence of the Lambs'" — beginning Jan. 12 at The 9th Space Theatre at Performance Space 122.

Jenn Harris and David Garrison
Jenn Harris and David Garrison Photo by Carol Rosegg

The actress will step into the role of Buffalo Bill’s plus-sized victim, Catherine Martin.

Funke will join a cast that includes David Garrison, Jenn Harris, Callan Bergmann, Stephen Bienskie, Harry Bouvy, Ashlee Dupré, Deidre Goodwin, Howard Kaye and Topher Nuccio.

Annie Funke played Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway production of Hairspray, and she appeared in the national tour of Wicked. Her international and regional credits include Once Upon a Mattress (Winnifred); Steel Magnolias (Annelle); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy); Fame (Mabel); The Producers (Shirley); and Grease! (Jan).

The recording of the musical is now available on the Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records label and features original cast members Brent Barrett as Hannibal Lecter and Jenn Harris as Clarice Starling.

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 set design by three-time Tony winner Scott Pask with costume design by David Kaley, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Carl Casella.

Theater Mogul produces. 

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

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