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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.


Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

The project began in 2003 as an internet musical made up of nine songs that retold the entire story. The audio tracks became popular to the extent that a live show was conceived and staged. Six additional songs were written by Jon and Al, and the book was written by Hunter Bell, based on the original screenplay Silence! The Musical, also by Jon and Al Kaplan. A soundtrack album featuring the original nine tracks was made available "For fun only. Not for sale."

The stage musical premiered in the Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York, on 12 August 2005 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, and showed until 28 August 2005. The production was directed by Christopher Gattelli.

Silence! had its European premiere in London on 19 October 2009, showing for two weeks at the Barons Court Theatre. The run was directed by David Phipps-Davis. Christopher Gattelli's production subsequently transferred to the Above The Stag Theatre, running from 19 January - 28 February 2010. Directed and choreographed by Gattelli, this production featured new material written for its London outing.

An off-Broadway mounting of the show opened June 24-September 26, 2011 at Theatre 80, directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli. It transferred to the 9th Space Theatre at PS 122 on October 24, 2011.



Liste des chansons

Silence! – The Lambs
Thish Ish It – Starling, Crawford and The Feds.
The Right Guide – Chilton and Starling.
If I Could Smell Her Cunt – Dr. Lecter.
Papa Shtarling – Papa Starling and Starling.
It's Agent Shtarling – Starling.
Are You About A Size 14? – Buffalo Bill and Catherine.
My Daughter Is Catherine – Senator Martin.
Quid Pro Quo – Starling and Dr. Lecter.
I'd Fuck Me – Bill.
It's Me! – Dr. Lecter and The Cops.
Catherine Dies Today – Ardelia, Starling, Bill and The Feds.
Papa Shtarling (Reprise) – Papa Starling and Starling.
Put The Fucking Lotion In The Basket – Bill and Catherine.
We're Going In! – Starling, Bill and The Feds.
Bill's Death (In The Dark With A Maniac) – Starling, Bill and Catherine.
Finale (Silence Reprise) – Starling, Dr. Lecter, Crawford and The Lambs.

Liste des rôles

Clarice Starling (alto) – A student at the FBI Academy. She hopes to work at the Behavioral Science Unit, tracking down serial killers and ultimately apprehending them. Her mentor, Jack Crawford, sends her to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter (tenor) – Brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer who helps Clarice out in her investigation and eventually escapes prison in a bloody massacre.
Jame Gumb (aka Buffalo Bill) (baritone) – Serial killer and main antagonist of the plot. He murders overweight women so he can remove their skin and fashion a "woman suit" for himself; he falsely believes himself to be transsexual but is too disturbed to qualify for sex reassignment surgery.
Catherine Baker Martin (soprano) – Daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, kidnapped and imprisoned by "Buffalo Bill".
Jack Crawford (bass-baritone) – The Agent-in-Charge of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI in Quantico, Virginia.
Ardelia Mapp (mezzo-soprano) – Roommate of Clarice Starling and also a student at the FBI Academy who helps her out in the investigation.
Dr. Frederick Chilton (high baritone) – The pompous, incompetent director of the Chesapeake State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and later Baltimore Hospital for the Criminally Insane. There, he is the jailer of Hannibal Lecter.
Papa Starling (baritone) – Clarice's deceased father who appears to her in visions to encourage her in carrying out the investigation. A Virginia Sheriff who was killed during a robbery.
Senator Ruth Martin (soprano) – National Senator and mother of Catherine, who pleads for Buffalo Bill to release her daughter on national television and arranges for Lecter to be transferred to a lighter security prison in Baltimore in exchange for information on the killer.

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