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COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED
FOR
WORLD PREMIERE PRE-BROADWAY ENGAGEMENT OF

AMAZING GRACE

BEGINNING OCTOBER 9
AT THE BANK OF AMERICA THEATRE IN CHICAGO

CHICAGO (July 16, 2014) – Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce complete ensemble casting for the world premiere of AMAZING GRACE, the new musical with music and lyrics by Christopher Smithand a book by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, directed by Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippas’ The Wild Party) and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies).

Published in Broadway

New York is hungry for more…

SILENCE! The Musical

THE SELLOUT SMASH SENSATION

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 

www.SilenceTheMusical.com

{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 www.SilenceTheMusical.com.

REHEARSALS BEGIN TODAY FOR

S I L E N C E !   T H E   M U S I C A L

THE UNAUTHORIZED PARODY OF

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

STARRING BRENT BARRETT AND JENN HARRIS

BOOK BY HUNTER BELL

MUSIC & LYRICS BY JON AND AL KAPLAN

DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI

Limited Engagement Begins June 24 at Theatre 80

 

Rehearsals begin today, June 6th for SILENCE! The Musical, the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell, music and lyrics by Jon & Al Kaplan, and direction and choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Performances are set to begin June 24th for a limited engagement through August 13th at Theatre 80, located at 80 St. Marks Place (between First & Second Ave.) Broadway favorite Brent Barrett and Jenn Harris head the cast of SILENCE! The Musical, which also features Stephen Bienskie, Harry Bouvy, Deidre Goodwin, Jeff Hiller, Howard Kaye, and Alysha Umphress. Music Supervisor is Mark Hartman, with orchestrations by Brian J. Nash.

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 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. 

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 last season in London where it garnered ecstatic reviews at the Above The Stag Theatre.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Silence of the Lambs.

Brent Barrett is currently starring on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago and his other Broadway credits include Annie Get Your Gun (opposite Reba McEntire), Grand Hotel, West Side Story, and Candide. Brent received an Olivier nomination for his performance in the London company of Kiss Me, Kate (filmed for PBS) and he played a two-year stint in the title role of Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular.Jenn Harris received a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in Modern Orthodox. Her other Off-Broadway credits include New Jerusalem and The Understudy, and she is a frequent guest star at Joe’s Pub: Our Hit ParadeStephen Bienskie played Rum Tum Tugger in the final Broadway company of Cats and he received the Helen Hayes Outstanding Lead Actor Award in the American premiere of The FixHarry Bouvy played Sir Robin in the Vegas company of Spamalot and Carmen Ghia in the national tour of The ProducersDeidre Goodwin has numerous Broadway credits including A Chorus Line (Sheila),Chicago (Velma Kelly) and Nine (Our Lady of the Spa). Jeff Hiller appeared on Broadway in this season’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and his Off-Broadway credits include Baby Wants CandyandAwesome 80s PromHoward Kaye performed in the Broadway company of Miss Saigon and the North American premiere of Mamma Mia! Alysha Umphress appeared in American Idiot on Broadway andMake Me a Song at New World Stages.  

Bookwriter Hunter Bell co-wrote and starred in the Broadway musical [title of show] (Tony nomination). His other writing credits include Bellobration! (137th Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus), Villains Tonight! (Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment/Disney Cruise Lines) and Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre). He has created and contributed original material for numerous benefits and events including BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet/Gypsy of the Year competitions, Broadway Bares (Wonderland Click It!) as well as specialty material for the 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, The Actor's Fund's 125th Anniversary Gala and NYCLU’s Broadway Stands Up for Freedom. Hunter is a co-creator of the web series the [title of show] show and recently co-created and wrote the ABC pilot Glass Houses.

Composer/lyricists Jon & Al Kaplan composed the music for two seasons of the animated series Code Monkeys and scored the Syfy Channel film Dinocroc Vs. Supergator. They have also written comedy for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards and the 2011 Academy Awards. The Kaplan brothers recently launched a series of viral internet musicals led by their Arnold Schwarzenegger cycle, featuring Conan the Barbarian, Predator, Commando, and more.

Director/choreographer Christopher Gattelli choreographed the smash hit Broadway revival of South Pacific (Tony nomination), Sunday in the Park With George, 13, The Ritz, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, High Fidelity, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. West End: South Pacific (upcoming), Sunday in the Park With George. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Lortel & Callaway Awards); Bat Boy: The Musical! (Lortel Award); tick, tick… BOOM!; 10 Million Miles; Adrift in Macao. Other favorites: directing the world premiere of Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band ChristmasHair with Jennifer Hudson,Chess with Josh Groban. TV: Rosie O’Donnell Show (resident choreographer).

SILENCE! The Musical is being produced Off-Broadway by Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato and Donna Trinkoff. The playing schedule will be Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 8 & 10:30 PM. Tickets are $38 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.SilenceTheMusical.com.

BRENT BARRETT AND JENN HARRIS

TO HEAD THE CAST OF

S I L E N C E !   T H E   M U S I C A L

THE UNAUTHORIZED PARODY OF

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

BOOK BY HUNTER BELL

MUSIC & LYRICS BY JON AND AL KAPLAN

DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI

Limited Engagement Begins June 24 at Theatre 80

Broadway favorite Brent Barrett and Jenn Harris are set to head the cast of SILENCE! The Musical, the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell, music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction and choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Performances will begin June 24th for a limited engagement through August 13th at Theatre 80, located at 80 St. Marks Place (between First & Second Ave.) Also featured in the cast of SILENCE! The Musical are Stephen Bienskie, Harry Bouvy, Deidre Goodwin, Jeff Hiller, Howard Kaye, and Alysha Umphress. The Musical Director is Mark Hartman, with arrangements & orchestrations by Brian J. Nash.

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 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. 

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 last season in London where it garnered ecstatic reviews at the Above The Stag Theatre.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Silence of the Lambs.

Brent Barrett is currently starring on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago and his other Broadway credits include Annie Get Your Gun (opposite Reba McEntire), Grand Hotel, West Side Story, and Candide. Brent received an Olivier nomination for his performance in the London company of Kiss Me, Kate (filmed for PBS) and he played a two-year stint in the title role of Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular.Jenn Harris received a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in Modern Orthodox. Her other Off-Broadway credits include New Jerusalem and The Understudy, and she is a frequent guest star at Joe’s Pub: Our Hit Parade. Stephen Bienskie played Rum Tum Tugger in the final Broadway company of Cats and he received the Helen Hayes Outstanding Lead Actor Award in the American premiere of The Fix. Harry Bouvy played Sir Robin in the Vegas company of Spamalot and Carmen Ghia in the national tour of The Producers. Deidre Goodwin has numerous Broadway credits including A Chorus Line (Sheila), Chicago (Velma Kelly) and Nine (Our Lady of the Spa). Jeff Hiller appeared on Broadway in this season’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and his Off-Broadway credits include Baby Wants Candy and Awesome 80s Prom. Howard Kaye performed in the Broadway company of Miss Saigon and the North American premiere of Mamma Mia! Alysha Umphress appeared in American Idiot on Broadway and Make Me a Song at New World Stages.  

Bookwriter Hunter Bell co-wrote and starred in the Broadway musical [title of show] (Tony nomination). His other writing credits include Bellobration! (137th Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus), Villains Tonight! (Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment/Disney Cruise Lines) and Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre). He has created and contributed original material for numerous benefits and events including BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet/Gypsy of the Year competitions, Broadway Bares (Wonderland & Click It!) as well as specialty material for the 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, The Actor's Fund's 125th Anniversary Gala and NYCLU’s Broadway Stands Up for Freedom. Hunter is a co-creator of the web series the [title of show] show and recently co-created and wrote the ABC pilot Glass Houses.

Composer/lyricists Jon and Al Kaplan composed the music for two seasons of the animated series Code Monkeys and scored the Syfy Channel film Dinocroc Vs. Supergator. They have also written comedy for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards and the 2011 Academy Awards. The Kaplan brothers recently launched a series of viral internet musicals led by their Arnold Schwarzenegger cycle, featuring Conan the Barbarian, Predator, Commando, and more.

Director/choreographer Christopher Gattelli choreographed the smash hit Broadway revival of South Pacific (Tony nomination), South Pacific (upcoming), Sunday in the Park With George, 13, The Ritz, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, High Fidelity, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. West End: South Pacific (upcoming), Sunday in the Park With George. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Lortel & Callaway Awards); Bat Boy: The Musical! (Lortel Award); tick, tick… BOOM!; 10 Million Miles; Adrift in Macao. Other favorites: directing the world premiere of Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, Hair with Jennifer Hudson, Chess with Josh Groban. TV: Rosie O’Donnell Show (resident choreographer).

SILENCE! The Musical is being produced Off-Broadway by Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato and Donna Trinkoff. The playing schedule will be Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 8 & 10:30 PM. Tickets are $38 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.SilenceTheMusicalNYC.com.