Photos by Carol Rosegg: (L) Stephen Bienskie as Buffalo Bill (center) and cast members of the New York Company (R).

Winner of the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, SILENCE! The Musical the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell, music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction & choreography by Christopher Gattelli, will open a Los Angeles company with performances beginning August 31, at the Hayworth Theatre.  This engagement marks the West Coast Premiere of the Off-Broadway hit. SILENCE! The Musical is produced by Theater Mogul.

Two of the creators of SILENCE! The Musical won 2012 Tony Awards – director-choreographer Christopher Gattelli for his choreography for Newsies, and lighting designer Jeff Croiter for his work on Peter and the Starcatcher.

Davis Gaines, one of Los Angeles most popular musical theatre performers, plays Hannibal Lecter.   Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera more than 2,000 times at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, in San Francisco, and on Broadway; he recently played the role of King Arthur in Musical Theatre West’s production of Spamalot.  He is joined by Christine Lakin, in the role of Clarice Starling. Lakin is known for her role on the series “Step by Step” and as news anchor Joyce Kinney on “Family Guy.” SILENCE! The Musical original cast member Stephen Bienskie is also in the Los Angeles Company, playing the role of Buffalo Bill which he created.  Kathy Deitch, Jeff Hiller, John Kassir, Jesse Merlin, Jeff Skowron, and Karl Warden are also in the cast.

Created by Jon and Al Kaplan in 2002, SILENCE! The Musical 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 featured newly composed songs by the brothers.  Fueled by a rabid cult following, SILENCE! The Musical shattered every box office record at the 2005 Fringe NYC 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. 

At the Hayworth Theatre, 2511 Wilshire Blvd •  Previews  from August 31 • Opening night, Saturday, September 8, at 8 pm
Tickets: $45-$75 are now on sale.  Visit or call 866-811-4111.


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