Charlie Williams Joins SILENCE! THE MUSICAL Today
Beginning today, June 15th, Charlie Williams will be the new Dream Hannibal in Off-Broadway's long-running smash Silence! The Musical at the Elektra Theatre in the heart of Times Square. SILENCE! announced this week that it will end its triumphant two-year run Sunday, July 7th. The show's producer, Theater Mogul, is currently negotiating licensing deals for futureSILENCE! productions to open during the 2013-14 season in major markets across the country and around the world.
Charlie Williams appeared on Broadway in MEMPHIS and HOW TO SUCCEED... starring Daniel Radcliffe, for which Charlie also served as Assistant Choreographer. His other New York credits include SUPERMAN at Encores! and the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. He was the Assistant Choreographer for this year's "Academy Awards." Charlie is also the Broadway Correspondent for the Fall & Spring "Broadway Preview" specials on ABC-7.
Winner of the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, Silence! The Musical is the unauthorized parody ofTHE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, with book by Hunter Bell, music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction & choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli. After opening initially at Theatre 80 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 5 Musicals on or Off-Broadway.
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. The laugh-out-loud raunchy satire, 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.
With Sean McDermott (star of Broadway's MISS SAIGON, GREASE, FALSETTOS, and STARLIGHT EXPRESS) as Hannibal Lecter, the cast of Silence! The Musical also features Laura Jordan (as Clarice Starling), David Ayers, Howard Kaye,Tyler Maynard, Sarah O'Gleby, Ronica V. Reddick, Kevin Spirtas, Kimberly Stern, Natalie Joy Johnson, and Kevin Zak.
Created by Jon 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 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! met with further success in London and Los Angeles, where the production received three L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards.
SILENCE! THE MUSICAL has hosted an unusually large number of celebrity attendees over the past two years including Jodie Foster, Matt Bomer (twice), Joan Rivers, Perez Hilton, Kelly Ripa, Jonathan Demme, James Earl Jones, Josh Groban, Rachel Dratch, Justin Kirk, T.R. Knight, Andy Dick, Jonathan Groff, Ben Schwartz, Corbin Bleu, Richard Kind, Lisa Lampanelli, Willie Garson, Neil Simon, Lindsey Shaw, Steven Pasquale, Erin Cummings, Jeremy Jordan, Mario Cantone, Stephen Schwartz, David LaChapelle, Linus Roache, Alec Mapa, Christine Lakin, James Lapine, Christian Campbell, Chad Allen, Heather Matarazzo, John Kander, Danny Burstein, Will Swenson, Chita Rivera, Georgia Engel, Barrett Foa, John Billingsley, Vicki Lewis, Tovah Feldshuh, Stephen Flaherty, Julie Brown, Randy Harrison, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Barbara Feldon, Shuler Hensley, Cady Huffman, Audrey Wasilewski, and James Barbour.
Set design for Silence! The Musical is by three-time Tony winner Scott Pask, with costume design by David Kaley, lighting design by Tony winner Jeff Croiter, sound design by Carl Casella, and orchestrations by Brian J. Nash.
SILENCE! THE MUSICAL runs 90 minutes with no intermission and the playing schedule is Saturdays at 2 & 7 PM and Sundays at 5 PM at the Elektra Theatre, 669 Eighth Avenue (at 42nd St.) Tickets are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.SilenceTheMusical.com.