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The movie “Silence of the Lambs” turns 20 this year. I saw “Silence” in the theater when it was released and I remember being on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I’ve seen it many times since and every time, the characters, circumstances and dialogue always manage to work themselves under my skin. The story of FBI trainee Clarice Starling working in tandem with psychopath Hannibal Lecter to catch the serial killer Buffalo Bill won a bunch of Academy Awards and became a phenomenon. The film introduced many macabre catch phrases into the lexicon such as “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” and “It places the lotion in the basket.” “Silence of the Lambs” is now being retold in the funniest way possible – as “Silence! The Musical” at Theatre 80 in Manhattan.
“Silence! The Musical” stars Brent Barrett as Hannibal Lecter and Jenn Harris as Clarice Starling and they are excellent. In fact, the entire cast is excellent as are the songs, the dance sequences and the genius way “Silence!” manages to capture every nuance in the film and keep the audience laughing for 2 hours. “Silence! The Musical” faithfully sticks to the plot of the movie, advancing the story with musical sequences based on some of the film’s most memorable lines. “Silence! The Musical” is an unauthorized parody of the film, so think back to all the parts of the movie that made you laugh or cringe and they are all represented here on stage. I don’t want to reveal too many of the surprises of “Silence! The Musical,” because I think you’ll enjoy it even more if you let it unfold as you are at Theatre 80 in Manhattan. I realize that a lot of my readers are from outside the US and you might not be able to make it down to New York in time. After the jump, there are a few spoilers just for you.
“Silence! The Musical” is playing at Theatre 80 (located at 80 St. Marks Place) in New York through August 13, 2011. Get your tickets at this link.
Final warning, this section contains a few spoilers.
If you’ll recall in the film, when Clarice Starling meets Hannibal Lecter for the first time, she walks down a hallway of psychopaths to get to him. One of the inmates tells her that he can smell her cunt and on her exit, another inmate throws his jizz in her face. Both events are captured hilariously. The former is the musical number (as sung by Hannibal) “If I Could Smell Your Cunt” and it was almost hard to hear the lyrics as the entire audience was laughing so hard. Other musical highlights include songs such as “Quid Pro Quo,” and “Put the Fucking Lotion in the Basket.” The Buffalo Bill sung “I’d Fuck Me,” is another highlight and the audience gets to see the infamous “tuck.” If you don’t know what I am talking about, you are going to have to watch the movie again. However, if you’ve seen the movie before, I am not sure how you could have possibly forgotten that scene! A soundtrack from the musical will be available soon, so keep checking the official Silence! website (link is above) for release information.
No more spoilers! Go see “Silence! The Musical.” I am hoping that if Hollywood is going to have to remake its classic films, they do so in a way as creative and as funny as “Silence! The Musical.”
Enjoy the Silence! I sure did.