SILENCE! The Musical
Kitefliers Studios is proud to be an Associate Producer of SILENCE! The Musical.
Winner of the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, SILENCE! The Musical is the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell, music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli. After opening 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. SILENCE! is currently playing through Jul. 15th at PS122, 150 First Avenue (at 9th St.)
In the beloved movie, 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 must face her own demons and race the clock to unlock Lecter's clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Bill. It's a hair-raising thriller that has kept countless millions on the edges of their seats and permeated the pop lexicon with delightfully creepy quotes like "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti" and of course "It places the lotion in the basket".
And now, at last, this delicate symphony of suspense has been turned on its ear and retold in the only way it can be – as a musical. A singing chorus of floppy-eared lambs narrates the action; Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin; and even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he'd like to lead someday outside the prison walls.
Fueled by a rabid cult following since the songs debuted online in 2002, SILENCE! was expanded into a live stage show and shattered every box-office record at the 2005 FringeNYC Festival. Winner of the NYCFringe's Best Musical Award, SILENCE! The Musical combines whip-smart dialogue and shocking songs to make a musical parody of The Silence of the Lambs that's sure to be popular with seasoned fans of the movie and FBI rookies alike.
SILENCE! The Musical had its West Coast premiere Sep. 1, 2012 at the Hayworth Theatre. After enjoying stellar success, including several nominations for the 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, the LA run closed in Dec. 2012.
- Best Actor in a Musical: Brent Barrett
- Best Director: Christopher Gattelli
- Best Choreographer: Christopher Gattelli
- Best Ensemble
Off Broadway Alliance
- Best New Musical
- Use of Humor in a Television Commercial
In The News
SILENCE! is nominated for two Lucille Lortel awards: Best Musical and Best Choreography.
SILENCE! makes in Time Magazine's Top 10 Plays and Musicals of 2011.
SILENCE! The Musical to Get Cast Recording
SILENCE! Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell
Hunter Bell, Brent Barrett and Jenn Harris to Appear on NY1's 'On Stage'
"You'll be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable show this summer."
New York Press
"A SENSATION, even before its inevitable commercial run."
"4 STARS! An absolute must-see. Uproariously funny and jaw-droppingly outrageous."
A- – Stage Grade
"Who would have figured that a musical of The Silence of the Lambs would end up one of the best movie-to-musical transfers in recent memory?" – nytheatre
"The tireless cast is uniformly delightful.... Christopher Gattelli mounts the show with infectious sass and un-Fringe-like polish." – The New York Times
"Just the idea of this show is hilarious — and the good news is that it’s as fun as you would expect." – Asbury Park Press
"Offensively Hilarious" – NorthJersey.com
Even More Reviews
New York Post
"You are gonna lose it when you see this show!"
TimeOut New York
New York Magazine
"You'll doubtlessly be cracking up!"
The Village Voice
"Overflowing with delectably prurient innuendos and bursting with deliriously campy conventions, Silence! The Musical may take the prize as the most sophomorically scabrous musical comedy of this or possibly any season." – CurtainUp
"Raucously funny...the only scary thing about this show is how consistently amusing its goofy brand of humor is." – Associated Press
"Flashes of smart, original wit." – Next Magazine
"I haven't enjoyed a musical as much as this in a long time... and I saw The Book of Mormon just a week ago!" – Behold the Metratron