Of the many attempts to chase the legacy of the 1982 benchmark in horror/comedy of the musical variety that is Little Shop of Horrors, Silence! makes a fair play to place. Brandishing a well-equipped arsenal of deadpan, vulgarity, camp, and a wide array of theatrical references, this musical parody of Silence of the Lambs makes killing look easy.
While it is doubtful that any score in this unlikely sub-genre will ever live up to the catchy, simplistic brilliance of Alan Menken (before he whored himself out to Disney), Silence! picks up a ball that was dropped Off-Broadway years ago and has been shamelessly fumbled ever since. In short, it's now safe to go see a musical mock-up of a horror film classic again.
This cast delivers many standout performances. Jenn Harris deconstructs Jodie Foster, offering up a few
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.
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