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 on 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.
The playing schedule for Silence! The Musical is Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, and Sundays at 3 & 7 PM at the Hayworth Theatre, 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles Calif. Tickets, $45-$75, are available online at www.silencethemusical.com or 866-811-4111.
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.