This Sunday evening, September 30, marks the final performance of David Garrison and Jenn Harris as Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling in Off-Broadway's SILENCE! The Musical at the new Elektra Theatre in the heart of Times Square. The new stars of SILENCE! will be announced later this week.
Winner of the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, SILENCE! The Musical is the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell, music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli. After opening on July 9, 2011 to unanimous rave reviews, the show immediately became a sold-out phenomenon and was selected by Time Magazine as one of the year's Top 5 Musicals.
In the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs, 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 raunchy 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.
David Garrison (Married with Children, Wicked, Titanic) and Jenn Harris (Modern Orthodox, Gaybe, Swan!!!) head the cast of SILENCE! The Musical, which also features David Ayers, Harry Bouvy, Ashlee Dupré, Stephen Hanna, Howard Kaye, Topher Nuccio, Ronica V. Reddick, Kimberly Stern, Pamela Bob and Doug Trapp.
Created by Jon and Al Kaplan in 2002, SILENCE! The Musical began as a collection of songs on the internet which immediately attracted a staggering number of fans. The Kaplans' subsequent screenplay SILENCE! The Musical was adapted by Hunter Bell into a live stage show, which also featured newly composed songs by the brothers. Fueled by a rabid cult following, SILENCE! shattered every box office record at the 2005 FringeNYC Festival, winning the award for Best Musical. SILENCE! met with further success in London where it garnered ecstatic reviews at the Above The Stag Theatre. Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato and Donna Trinkoff produced the original NYC production.
Set design for SILENCE! The Musical is by three-time Tony winner Scott Pask, with costume design by David Kaley, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Carl Casella.
SILENCE! The Musical is produced Off-Broadway by Theater Mogul, and the playing schedule is Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 3 & 7 PM at the Elektra Theatre, 669 Eighth Avenue (at 42nd St.) Running time is 88 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.SilenceTheMusical.com.