SILENCE! THE MUSICAL Parody Extends in San Francisco

SILENCE! THE MUSICAL Parody Extends in San Francisco

Due to overwhelming audience response, Cloud 9 Theatricals, in association with Lang Entertainment Group and Ray of Light Theatre, announced today the extension of the San Francisco premiere of SILENCE! The Musical - the "subversively funny and deliciously tasty" award-winning musical parody of "The Silence of the Lambs." Originally scheduled to close on Saturday, February 25, tickets are now on-sale through Saturday, March 18.

The performance schedule is as follows: Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets range in price from $35- $55 and are available online at www.silencethemusicalsf.com and at the Victoria Theatre box office (2961 16th St.) one-hour prior to performance time. Chianti will be on tap at the theater, but at this time, no fava-beans will be made available for public consumption. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

SILENCE! The Musical tells the story of rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling as she 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-and a troupe of singing and dancing lambs-while racing against the www.silencethemusicalsf.com clock to unlock Lecter's clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill.

Featuring a book by Tony Award nominee Hunter Bell ([title of show] on Broadway) and music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, SILENCE! The Musical stars Anne Norland as Clarice and Scott Hayes as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. SILENCE! combines whip-smart dialogue and shocking songs to make a musical parody that's sure to be popular with well-seasoned fans of the movie, foodies, and FBI novices alike. Narrated by a singing chorus of floppy eared lambs, audiences will succumb to the toe-tapping tune from Buffalo Bill as he gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin, drool with delight as Dr. Lecter sings about the life he'd like to lead outside the prison walls, and care for fledgling agent Starling as she navigates her West Virginia accent, her good bag, and her cheap shoes, as she tries to climb the FBI ladder.

Fueled by a rabid cult following since the songs debuted online in 2002 by comedy writers Jon and Al Kaplan, SILENCE! expanded into a live stage show and shattered every box-office record at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival, winning the Best Musical Award. The 2011 off-Broadway staging was listed by TIME magazine as one of the "Top 10 Plays and Musicals of 2011" and was awarded Best Musical by the Off-Broadway Alliance. The New York Times raved that SILENCE! is "Hilarious! Subversively funny, deliriously tasty... it makes those naughty ditties in The Book of Mormon seem like trunk songs dropped from The Sound of Music." SILENCE! has gone on to play sold-out engagements in Los Angeles - where it slayed audiences and garnered 11 nominations: five from the Drama Critics Circle Awards and six from LA Weekly Theater Awards-and London.

Directed by Jason Hoover, SILENCE! The Musical stars Anne Norland as Clarice Starling, Scott Hayes as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, BrIan Watson as Buffalo Bill, Brendon North, Matt Hammons, Ryan Vasquez, Eliza Leoni, Audrey Baker, Hayley Lovgren, Angel Adedokun, Kevin Singer and Sean Libiran.

The creative team for SILENCE! includes choreographer Alex Rodriguez, music director Ben Prince, scenic designer Kuo Hao Lo, lighting designer Michael Ramsaur, Sound Designer Anton Hedman, costume designer Connie Strayer, stage manager Lori Fowler, assistant stage manager Kazimir Valtchev, technical director, production manager Daniel Cadigan and prop designer Devon LaBelle.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Victoria Lang has enjoyed a wide-ranging producing career in theatre, film and television. Theatre credits include SheriDan Smith in Funny Girl (London), Matthew Broderick in Sylvia (Broadway), the critically acclaimed Broadway-bound Found: A New Musical Comedy, the Off Broadway & LA hit Silence! The Musical! (Best Musical: Off Broadway Alliance Award, Top 5 Musicals: Time Magazine), Matt & Ben in NY & LA (Top 5 Plays: Time Magazine), Johnny Guitar (Best Off-Broadway Musical: Outer Critics Circle Award), Listen to My Heart: The Songs of David Friedman (Drama Desk nomination), Bat Boy (London), SHOUT! The Mod Musical (Off-Broadway, West End, Chicago, 1st National Tour, UK Tour),Girls Night! The Musical (LA) and Divorce Party The Musical: The Hilarious Journey to Hell...And Back!(Las Vegas, LA, Toronto, National Tour). She has been associated with the Broadway productions of Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Private Lives , Peggy Lee in Peg, A View From The Bridge, (Tony nomination), David Cassidy in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Elizabeth Taylor in The Little Foxes, Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan, Cicely Tyson in The Corn Is Green, Carol Channing, Dorothy Loudon and Leslie Uggams in Jerry's Girls, John Lithgow and George Segal in Requiem for a Heavyweight, and the revivals of Oklahoma!, West Side Story and Brigadoon. Television credits includeLive with Regis & Kathie Lee (3 Emmy nominations), Joy Philbin's Haven and Specials for A&E and PBS. Film credits include Macbeth in Manhattan (Best Feature, South Beach & L.I. Film Festivals), Dark Tides (Showtime), The Last Lie and Chaos Theory. Ms. Lang is a member of The League of Off-Broadway Theaters and Producers, The Off Broadway Alliance, The League of Professional Theatre Women, New York Women in Film and Television, the British Academy of Film & Television, Who's Who in Entertainment, Who's Who in American Professionals and Who's Who in American Women. Victoria is a member of the Board of Directors of TheaterMania.com.

Founded in 2001 by Shane Ray, Ray of Light Theatre has quickly developed a reputation for fresh interpretations of the classics and bold new musicals that push boundaries. Show highlights include The Wild Party, Heathers: The Musical, LIZZIE, CARRIE the Musical (West Coast premiere, 2013), Into the Woods (2013), Sweeney Todd (2012), Assassins (2011), Jerry Springer the Opera (West Coast premiere, 2010), The Rocky Horror Show (2016, 2015, 2008) and Bat Boy (2005, 2006). In addition to full productions, Ray of Light presents exciting new cabaret talent in its Cabaret Spotlight Series.

Hunter Bell (Book) earned an OBIE Award, a Drama League nomination, and a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical all for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for Now. Here. This., Bellobration! (Ringling Bros. Circus), Villains Tonight! (Disney Cruise Lines), Found, Julie Andrews' The Great American Mousical, and the upcoming Other World. He is a distinguished alumnus of Webster University, a proud member of WGA and the Dramatists Guild.

Jason Hoover (Director) is the Artistic Director at Ray of Light Theatre. Selected directing credits include: Assassins, The Full Monty, CARRIE the Musical, Yeast Nation, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods,CARRIE the Musical, Triassic Parq, Heathers: The Musical, LIZZIE, The Rocky Horror Show, The Wild Party and Little Shop of Horrors. Acting credits include Insignificant Others at Pier 39, Toy Story the Musical with Disney, and Tales of the City at American Conservatory Theater. He is a graduate of UC Riverside's Department of Theatre and serves as The Managing Director of the Palace of Fine Arts Theater.

The Kaplan Brothers: Writers/Composers Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan created Silence! The Musical, a stage version of The Silence of the Lambs that has played in London, New York City and Los Angeles, as well as the YouTube channel Legolambs, which features musicalizations of various Arnold Schwarzenegger movies such as Conan the Barbarian, Predator and Commando. Jon and Al also co-wrote and scored the film Zombeavers (2014). Additionally, they composed the music for G4's cartoon series Code Monkeys, arranged Andy Samberg's "Lonely Island Medley" for the MTV Movies Awards, and scored the Syfy Channel original films Piranhaconda and Dinocroc Vs. Supergator. Jon and Al are currently developing for Warner Bros. a web series based on the 1986 film Critters.

Alex Rodriguez (Choreographer) is thrilled to be working on this incredible show. Alex is an award-winning Bay Area artist whose most recent credits include choreography for both The Wild Party and Heathers: The Musical (TBA and BATCC Awards 2015) for Ray of Light Theatre. He is the only Bay Area actor to win both for both Leading Actor (Che, Evita) and Featured Actor (Morgan Freeman/Science, Triassic Parq) in the same year (2014). Cabarets:Let Saigons Be Bygones and Rant: Take It or Leave It (ROL Spotlight Series). National Tour: Miss Saigon. Selected Credits: Cabaret (The Emcee), The Addams Family (Gomez), Mary Poppins (Bert), Bat Boy (Bat Boy), Rent (Angel), A Chorus Line (Paul), The Mousetrap (Paravicini), West Side Story (Bernardo). For Bam, Thu, and his PIC.

Scott Hayes (Dr. Hannibal Lecter) has appeared in Where's Charley? and Sugar (42nd Street Moon), Christmas with the Crawfords (Lincoln Theater, Napa), Women Behind Bars(Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), and in Provincetown, The SantaLand Diaries (Art House), The Wild Party (CTEK Arts), Times Square Angel (Provincetown Theatre Company), and Working, Take Me Out and Wonder of the World with Counter Productions. As his alter ego "Norman Vane" (cabaret artiste & bon vivant) he's appeared in clubs on both coasts and was acclaimed "Best Comedic Cabaret Performer of 2013" by Martuni's in San Francisco.

Anne Norland (Clarice Starling) recently relocated to the Bay Area from Washington, DC. Favorite credits: Mary Magdalene, Jesus Christ Superstar (BroadwayWorld, DC award); Lucy, Threepenny Opera(DCMetroTheatreArts honor); Tortoise, Hare & Tortoise (composer, Hangar Theatre). Anne teaches middle school language arts and arts classes at the Stratford School in SF and music directs children's theatre productions - most recent: The Phantom Tollbooth Jr., Honk Jr. (Bay Area Children's Theatre) and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Education: NYU Tisch New Studio on Broadway; American University, BA Music Theatre and K-12 Arts Education certification. EMC.

BrIan Watson (Buffalo Bill) holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from CSU Sacramento and works full time all over the Bay Area as an actor, vocalist, set designer, scenic artist and vocal/acting instructor. Notable roles include Bert (Mary Poppins), Enjolras and Marius (Les Miserables), Prince Eric and Scuttle (The Little Mermaid), Emmett (Legally Blonde), Colonel Ricci (Passion), Molokov (Chess), Vincent van Gogh (Inventing van Gogh), and Max (Lend Me a Tenor).

Founded in 1982 by Ronald Paskin, Cloud 9 Theatricals produced hundreds of music concerts including BB King, Tony Bennett, Tina Turner, Tom Waits, David Byrne, Ravi Shankar, k.d. lang, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations, The Four Tops, George Benson, Weather Report, Manhattan Transfer, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie, etc. Theatrical productions include Lily Tomlin in Appearing Nitely (two Midwest tours), Tony n' Tina's Wedding in Seattle, WA, Shear Madness in Portland,OR, the Canadian premier tour of Angels in America in Vancouver, Late Nite Catechism, which ran for a record- breaking 10 years in Seattle and a subsequent production of Late Nite Catechism in Portland, OR.

Photo Credit: Kevin Berne

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