the creators of “Silence! The Musical,” it’s not Hannibal Lecter or
Clarice Starling that are the main focus of the story of “The
Silence of the Lambs,” it’s Buffalo Bill, the serial killer who
keeps a woman imprisoned in an unknown location while the FBI tries
to find him.
“He holds a
special place in our hearts,” say Jon and Al Kaplan, who wrote the
music and lyrics for “Silence!” which will be performed as part of
the New York International Fringe Festival this month. “Buffalo Bill
has maintained a cult following through the years.”
have gone beyond just the funny idea represented by the very title
of the show and put the characters from the Oscar-winning classic
movie into the shoes of characters audiences might find in a
their ‘I Want’ song,“ they say. “We’ve always loved the Menken-Ashman
Disney ones like Belle’s and Ariel’s [heroines of ‘Beauty and the
Beast’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’]. With musical theater, you’re able
to get inside characters’ heads in ways you’re unable to in film.
Buffalo Bill, for instance, has very little dialogue in the movie,
but through several songs in our musical, we can describe anything
and everything he’s feeling.”
A couple of
those songs are “Are You About a Size 14?” and “Put the Fucking
Lotion in the Basket,” to give you some idea.
“Form his point
of view, everything he’s doing is just wonderful and exciting,” the
Kaplans say. “So his songs are generally upbeat or impassioned, even
though the things he’s doing (like murdering) are terrible from the
who are struggling film composers, first came up with the idea two
years ago in 2003 and recorded a CD of the songs they wrote. The
Fringe Festival production has added several more songs to what is
on their CD.
“There are so
many iconic moments in that film that are ripe for song parody,”
they say. “With the Fringe production, we’ve covered everything we
left out the first time around. There are many new songs and the
overall running time of the music has more than doubled.”
Musical will have five performances at the Tesseract Theatre as part
of the New York International Fringe Festival, at various times and
dates between August 19-28.