David Garrison To Lead SILENCE! The Musical

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Full casting has been announced for 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). After two sold out extensions, rave reviews, and unprecedented audience demand, SILENCE! The Musical, will begin performances at The 9th Space Theatre at PS122 (150 First Avenue at 9th Street) beginning October 25th.

David Garrison ("Married With Children," Wicked, Titanic) joins the cast as Dr. Hannibal Lecter and is joined by Jenn Harris (Modern Orthodox) who continues in her critically-acclaimed role as Clarice Starling, Stephen Bienskie (The Last Session) who continues as the notorious Buffalo Bill, Lucia Spina (Legally Blonde) who continues as Catherine Martin and Deidre Goodwin (Chicago) who continues as Ardelia Mapp. The rest of the cast includes: Callan Bergmann (Lucky Guy), Pamela Bob (People Like Us), Harry Bouvy (Spamalot), Ashlee Dupré (Where's Charley?), Howard Kaye (Mamma Mia!), Topher Nuccio (Little Shop of Horrors), and Doug Trapp (Saratoga Trunk Songs).

SILENCE! The Musical is a hilarious parody based on the Academy Award winning film. Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in order to catch the serial killer known 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. This laugh-out-loud naughty satire 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.

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.

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 Performance Space 122, (150 First Avenue at 9th Street). Tickets are $25 - $79 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.SilenceTheMusical.com.

DAVID GARRISON (Hannibal Lecter). Broadway: Hollywood/Ukraine (Tony nomination), Wicked (Carbonell Award), Titanic, Torch Song Trilogy, The Pirates of Penzance, Bells Are Ringing. Off-Broadway: ...Meet Vera Stark, Middletown, New Jerusalem, I Do! I Do! (Drama Desk nomination), The Torch Bearers, Geniuses, It's Only a Play. London: On the Town. Regional: Travesties (Williamstown), Randy Newman's Faust (La Jolla/Goodman), Die Fledermaus (Santa Fe Opera), Merrily We Roll Along (Arena Stage/Helen Hayes Award). Television: "The West Wing," "Law and Order," "The Practice," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "NYPD Blue," "Murphy Brown," "Murder She Wrote," "LA Law," Steve Rhoades on "Married With Children."

JENN HARRIS (Clarice Starling) Off-Broadway: Modern Orthodox (Lucille Lortel Award and Theatre World Award), New Jerusalem, Mercy on the Doorstep, Ashley Montana...Berkshire Theatre Festival: Pageant Play, The Heidi Chronicles. Williamstown: Blithe Spirit, God of Vengeance. Wilma Theater: The Understudy. NY: SILENCE! The Musical Fringe Festival ‘05, The Plank Project, Swan!!!, Notes!, Our Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub. Film: Confessions of A Shopaholic, Gayby (Slamdance official selection '10). TV: "30 Rock," "Bored to Death," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Boston University School for the Arts, L.A.M.D.A., The Second City (Chicago).

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