The new trend (as odd as it is) lately seems to be to take some of the horror genre’s most notable films and turn them into bizarro musicals made specifically for the stage. Well, I guess it’s better than a remake.
Variety reports that Brent Barrett and Jenn Harris will lead the cast of the Silence of the Lambs spoof Silence! The Musical, which is gearing up for a commercial Off Broadway production beginning in June.
Harris, who plays FBI agent Clarice Starling in the unauthorized parody of the Oscar-winning 1991 thriller, initially appeared in the show during its debut run at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2005. Broadway regular Barrett is on board as Hannibal Lecter in the production, to be directed by Christopher Gattelli.
A return Gotham visit for Silence! has been percolating since the show’s well-sold outing at the Fringe, with a U.K. staging hitting London last year. Both the Fringe run and the London stint were helmed by Gattelli.
Other cast members include Stephen Bienskie, who originated the part of serial killer Buffalo Bill in the Fringe production, Deidre Goodwin (A Chorus Line), Jeff Hiller (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Harry Bouvy, Howard Kaye and Alysha Umphress. The book writer was Hunter Bell while Jon and Al Kaplan penned the songs for Silence!
Produced by Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato and Donna Trinkoff, Silence! begins performances June 24 at Theatre 80.
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