SILENCE! THE MUSICAL Closes Today at Hayworth Theatre
The Los Angeles Company of the Off-Broadway smash hit Silence! The Musical at the Hayworth Theatre ends its run today, December 9, 2012.
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 & lyrics by Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan, and direction & choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Silence! The Musical and is produced by Theater Mogul.
Two of the creators of Silence! The Musical won 2012 Tony Awards – director-choreographer Christopher Gattelli for his choreography for Newsies, and lighting designer Jeff Croiter for his work on Peter and the Starcatcher. The costumes are by David Kaley, sound by Carl Casella, set is based on the original design by Scott Pask, video by Richard H. DiBella, and wig design by Byron Batista.
Davis Gaines, one of Los Angeles most popular musical theatre performers, plays Hannibal Lecter. Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera more than 2,000 times at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, in San Francisco, and on Broadway; he recently played the role of King Arthur in Musical Theatre West’s production of Spamalot.
Gaines is joined by Christine Lakin in the role of Clarice Starling. Lakin is known for her role on the series “Step by Step” and as news anchor Joyce Kinney on “Family Guy.” Kathy Deitch, Jeff Hiller, Alaine Kashian, La Toya London, Jesse Merlin, Melissa Sandvig, Jeff Skowron, Andy Umberger, Stephen Van Dorn, and Karl Warden are also in the cast.
Created by Jon Kaplan 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 featured newly composed songs by the brothers. Fueled by an enthusiastic cult following, Silence! The Musical 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.
The Off-Broadway production opened 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 10. The show also won four 2012 Tina Awards. The New York Company continues performances at the Elektra Theatre. The Los Angeles company began previews on August 31, 2012 and had its official opening on September 8, 2012. When Silence! The Musical closes today, December 9, it will have had six previews and 61 performances.
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.
In the laugh-out-loud parody, 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. There are songs with unprintable titles with cheerful show tunes about the most horrific of subjects that come charging at the audience with gleefully unstoppable bad taste.
A long list of luminaries have turned up in the audience at the hit show over the past year in New York and Los Angeles including Jodie Foster, Barrett Foa, Matthew Morrison, Matt Bomer (twice!), Joan Rivers, Jonathan Demme, Kelly Ripa, James Earl Jones, Josh Groban, T.R. Knight, Jonathan Groff, Julie Brown, Justin Kirk, Neil Simon, Corbin Bleu, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Lampanelli, Willie Garson, Mario Cantone, Erin Cummings, Linus Roache, Stephen Schwartz, Jeremy Jordan, David LaChapelle, Steven Pasquale, James Lapine, John Kander, Chita Rivera, Georgia Engel, Shuler Hensley, Brent Barrett, Danny Burstein, Donna McKechnie, John Rando, Christian Campbell, Reed Birney, Stephen Flaherty, Tovah Feldshuh, Karen Ziemba, Kara Lindsay, Alec Mapa, Chris Barron, John Billingsly, Audrey Wasilewski, Vicki Lewis, Cady Huffman, Barbara Feldon, Seth Rudetsky, Eden Espinosa, Telly Leung, Daniel Reichard, John Cunningham, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Charlotte d’Amboise, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, John McDaniel, JohAnna Day, Carol Woods, and Anthony Heald.
Jon Kaplan & Al Kaplan (Music and Lyrics, Screenplay) Jon and Al Kaplan composed the music for two seasons of the animated series “Code Monkeys,” and scored the Syfy Channel film “Piranhaconda” and “Dinocroc Vs. Supergator.” They have written comedy for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, for which they also arranged Andy Samberg’s “Lonely Island Medley.” Jon and Al recently launched a series of viral internet musicals led by their Arnold Schwarzenegger cycle, featuring Conan the Barbarian, Predator, Commando and more. The Kaplans' original internet musical and concept album, Silence! Silence of the Lambs the Musical, debuted in 2002 and was staged at the 2005 NYC Fringe Festival, where it won the "Overall Excellence Award" for Outstanding Musical. The show subsequently ran in London, and opened Off Broadway in 2011. www.jonandal.com
Hunter Bell (Book) Obie award, Drama league nomination, Tony nomination Best Book of a Musical for the Broadway production of [title of show]. Other credits: books for Bellobration! (Ringling Circus), Villains Tonight! (Disney Cruise Lines) and Now. Here. This. (Vineyard), The Great American Mousical (Goodspeed), contributed original material to Broadway Bares (Wonderland, Click It!) Co-creator of web series the [title of show] show. Developed pilot with ABC Studios and Cherry/ Wind Productions. Distinguished alumnus Webster University, WGA and Dramatists Guild member, MacDowell Fellow.
Christopher Gattelli (Director and Choreographer) most recently won the 2012 Tony Award for his choreography in Newsies. As director, Silence! The Musical Best Musical Off Broadway Alliance 2012, Best Musical Fringe Festival, also played Off-West End. Other favorites: Jim Henson's Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (Goodspeed); Chance and Chemistry: A Tribute to Frank Loesser starring Sir Paul McCartney, Jo Sullivan Loesser and Audra McDonald; Departure Lounge at the Public for SPF; Radio Girl (Goodspeed); Broadway concert of Hair starring Jennifer Hudson; Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown w/new music by Andrew Lippa. As choreographer, Broadway: Newsies (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), South Pacific (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations, also West End), Godspell, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sunday in the Park with George (also West End), The Ritz, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, 13, High Fidelity. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Lortel, Callaway, Helen Hayes Awards), Dogfight, Bat Boy: The Musical (Lortel Award), tick, tick...BOOM!
THEATER MOGUL (Producer) established in Iceland in 1999, is an international theatrical producing organization, which has produced in over 50 countries spanning 6 continents. Theatre Mogul has sold over 9.6 million tickets to productions of Defending the Caveman alone. Other productions of Theater Mogul are: Defending the Cavewoman, a long running retort to Caveman, Funny When You´re Dead, Triple Espresso, Shoulin Monks, 100% Sex Therapy, Sexy Laundry and Just Imagine. Theater Mogul is pleased to be presenting Silence! The Musical both in Los Angeles and New York City and with our international teamwork we fully expect SILENCE! to be a ‘Screaming Success’ worldwide.