“A Clockwork Orange” Musical in Manchester Planned For 2012

Posted by The G on July 20, 2011 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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KY Geli XXX (Street art featuring the artwork of "A Clockwork Orange"

Listen up my droogs!  What are the chances I’d run into street art featuring “A Clockwork Orange” the day before I heard that “A Clockwork Orange” musical is being planned for the 50th anniversary of the novel?  Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well, to quote Alex. The musical will hit Manchester stages in 2012 and is officially sanctioned by “A Clockwork Orange” writer Anthony Burgess.  Though Burgess died in 1993, he wrote a bunch of songs for a proposed musical which is described as a cross between “West Side Story” and “My Fair Lady” and is a much lighter version of the story compared to the movie version.  Stay abreast, brother, of all the developing news on Anthony Burgess’ official website.  In the meanwhile, you’ve got plenty of time for the old in-out.  Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well.

Silence! The Musical – The G Review

Posted by The G on July 11, 2011 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

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BRENT BARRETT as Hannibal Lecter with JENN HARRIS as Clarice Starling in "Silence! The Musical" Photo by Carol Rosegg

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

Silence! The Musical. Now playing at Musical Theatre 80 in New York

“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.

Silence The Musical

Silence! The Musical

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Silence – The Musical

Posted by The G on June 28, 2011 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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Silence The Musical

Silence! The Musical

Silence of the Lambs – The Musical!  Wow! I’ll bet this is amazing.  Decide for yourself as “Silence! The Musical” begins its limited off-Broadway 8-week run from June 24 – August 13, 2011.  Find out more and get your tickets on the official “Silence!” website.

No word on if the ticket price includes a side of fava beans.

An Encounter with Neil LaBute

Posted by The G on July 26, 2010 under Encounters with G | 2 Comments to Read

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Neil LaBute and G

Neil LaBute is arguably the best modern playwright alive.  His stories are edgy and his unsettling portrayals of human relationships have won him legions of fans across the globe. He’s also an accomplished director (“Nurse Betty,” “The Wicker Man,” “Death At A Funeral,”) and screenwriter.  On July 26, 2010, Neil LaBute was reading from his latest collection Filthy Talk For Troubled Times and Other Plays at the Drama Bookshop in New York.  Like his stories, Neil LaBute was extremely funny as he alternated between reading passages from his book, answering questions from the audience and also treating us to unheard work!  I took a video of him reading his as yet unreleased short story “Anything You Like,” and it’ll be posted here soon, so stay tuned!  He also talked about possibly collaborating with Elvis Costello on a musical in the future and the prospect of that had the crowd squealing with delight.  I met Neil LaBute after his talk and he was extremely nice.  Thanks again Neil and I really hope to see the LaBute/Costello production coming soon!

Neil LaBute

Depeche Mode – The Musical!

Posted by The G on June 19, 2010 under GNN | 2 Comments to Read

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Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode

According to NME, the back catalog of Depeche Mode will be featured in an upcoming musical called “Playing The Angel.”  As you can expect, the story line will not be a happy one.  Writer Adrian Buckle describes “Playing the Angel,” by saying, “The story can’t be a happy one. It is a story of two boys growing up, coming of age and discovering love. They are abused, used, taken advantage of. It’s their sad way of discovering life.”  The play will open in Malta in 2011 and casting will begin on June 27, 2010.  This story appears to be true and not just another blasphemous rumour.

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