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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 06:37

SILENCE! THE MUSICAL Announces New Venue and Open-Ended Run

New York is hungry for more…

SILENCE! The Musical


Book by Hunter Bell

Music and Lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan

Directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli

Moves to
9th Space Theater at PS 122
(150 First Avenue)

for an open ended run beginning October 25th

{module ad_left_body}After two sold out extensions, rave reviews, and unprecedented audience demand, SILENCE! The Musical, the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell ([title of show]), music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction & choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific, Newsies), will move to 9th Space Theater at PS 122 (150 First Avenue) beginning October 25th for an open ended run.

“In an effort to make the show the best it can be, the authors have trimmed some musical numbers and scenes as well as eliminating the intermission,” said director/choreographer Christopher Gattelli. “In the process of moving to our new theatre, we hope that Silence! The Musical becomes a more focused production.”

Based on the Academy Award winning film, SILENCE! The Musical follows rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling as she matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in order to catch the serial killer known 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. A singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrates the action as 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 New York Times cheers, “deliriously tasty,” and The New York Post applauds, “Wickedly satirical, gleefully subversive” while Time Out New York declares that SILENCE! The Musical is “pungent, punchy and raunchy…will leave you wanting more” and Michael Musto of Village Voice exclaims “move over Assassins, Sweeney Todd and Capeman, there’s a new killer musical in town.”

The original cast recording of SILENCE! The Musical, produced by Michael Croiter and Rich Affannato, will be released by Ghostlight Records in November, including such song selections as “If I Could Smell Her C---” and “Put the F--king Lotion in the Basket.” Of course, enjoying the recording with fava beans and a nice chianti is optional.

The cast of SILENCE! The Musical at 9th Space will be announced shortly.

Created by Jon and Al Kaplan in 2002, SILENCE! 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! The Musical met with further success in London where it garnered ecstatic reviews at the Above The Stag Theatre.

2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of The Silence of the Lambs film.

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 Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato and Donna Trinkoff. The playing schedule is Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 8pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 10:30pm and Sunday at 5:00pm at The 9th Space Theatre at PS 122, (150 First Avenue). Tickets are $25 - $79 and are available by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101 or through