Doctuh Mistuh Productions to Stage SILENCE, THE MUSICAL, 6/19-7/13
SILENCE, THE MUSICAL will run June 19-July 13, 2014 (Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 5pm. Midnight performances on July 5 & 12) at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre, 2803 E Manor Rd, Austin, TX.
The project began in 2003 as an internet musical made up of nine songs that retold the entire story of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. The audio tracks became popular to the extent that a live show was conceived and staged. Six additional songs were written by Jon & Al Kaplan, and the book was written by Hunter Bell (Title of Show) based on the original screenplay Silence! The Musical, also by the Kaplans.
The stage musical premiered in the Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York, on August 12, 2005 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Silence! had its European premiere in London on October 19, 2009, showing for two weeks at the Barons Court Theatre. An off-Broadway mounting of the show opened June 24-September 26, 2011 at Theatre 80, It transferred to the 9th Space Theatre at PS 122 on October 24, 2011. The musical reopened on January 18, 2013 at the Elektra Theatre, in New York City's Times Square, through August 13.Silence! played 67 performances at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles in late 2012.
The production has yielded awards and accolades such as Outstanding Musical (New York Internation Fringe Festival), Best New Musical (Off Broadway Alliance), and Top Ten Plays and Musicals (Time Magazine).
The Austin Production will the first licensed production since the show closed in New York. Only three companies nationally have been given permission to perform SILENCE.
The Austin cast will feature Amy Downing (Clarice Starling), Huck Huckaby (Hannibal Lecter), David Ponton (Buffalo Bill), Tyler Jones (Dr. Chilton), Jose Villarreal (Jack Crawford), Matt Connelly (Papa Starling) and Libby Dees-Detling (Catherine & Senator Martin).
The production will be stage and musically directed by Michael McKelvey with costumes by Glenda Barnes and choreography by Madison Piner.
Doctuh Mistuh Productions made its debut in the Austin theatre scene with EVIL DEAD, THE MUSICAL in October 2009. The production, which played to sold out houses and critical acclaim, played for an extended run and made the company's name with its off-the-wall, edgy, no-holds-barred approach to production. Since then, DMP has been committed to bring Austin audiences Off-Broadway hits and long-since-produced shows such as BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, REEFER MADNESS THE MUSICAL, and Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY. With only four productions to their name, Doctuh Mistuh Productions has received numerous awards and nominations from the B. Iden Payne Awards and Austin Critics Table, as well as several other groups.