SILENCE! Star Brent Barrett to Co-Host Dueling Divas 8/13
Brent Barrett, currently cannibalizing Off-Broadway in the new hilarious smash hit SILENCE! The Musical is set to be the special guest co-host on SiriusXM Radio's "Dueling Divas" with Christine Pedi this Saturday, August 13th. The show airs from 9 AM to 3 PM, and Brent will be offering lots of inside scoops on what it's like playing America's most iconic fictional serial killer.
Due to popular demand, the SILENCE! Producers recently put a new block of tickets on sale through September 24th. SILENCE! The Musical is 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. The production opened to unanimous rave reviews on July 9th at Theatre 80, located at 80 St. Marks Place (between First & Second Ave.) Brent Barrett and Jenn Harris lead the cast of SILENCE! The Musical, which also features Callan Bergmann, Stephen Bienskie, Harry Bouvy, Ashlee Dupré, Deidre Goodwin, Jeff Hiller, Howard Kaye, and Lucia Spina. 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 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 most recently starred 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. Off-Broadway: Closer Than Ever, March of the Falsettos, The Death of Von Richtofen, The Time of the Cuckoo, Portrait of Jenny. Concerts: Boston Pops, Minnesota Opera, Opera Pacific, Michigan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony. Solo albums: The Alan Jay Lerner Album, The Kander & Ebb Album, Christmas Mornings. Other recordings: Grand Hotel, Brigadoon, Closer Than Ever, The Busby Berkeley Album, The Maury Yeston Songbook, and more. Film & TV: The Producers, Longtime Companion, "All My Children."
SILENCE! The Musical is produced Off-Broadway by Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato and Donna Trinkoff. The playing schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 8 PM, and Saturdays at 8 & 10:30 PM. Tickets are $25 - $65 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.SilenceTheMusical.com.
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