Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kevin Spirtas To Joins The Cast Of "SILENCE! The Musical" May 4 at The Elecktra Theatre

Kevin Spirtas as the 4th Annual Indie Soap Awards
- Photo: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
Beginning Saturday, May 4th, Kevin Spirtas will assume the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s nemesis, Dr. Chilton, in Off-Broadway’s smash hit "SILENCE! The Musical" at the Elektra Theatre.

Spirtas appeared on Broadway in "A Chorus Line," "The Boy From Oz" (Standby for Hugh Jackman) and "Meet Me In St. Louis." His numerous film, television and web credits include DAYS OF OUR LIVES (eight seasons as Dr. Craig Wesley), HUSTLING (part of the 2013 Indie Soap Award-winning ensemble), FRIENDS, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, Art Pupil, Defying Gravity and Green Plaid Shirt. He also starred as Corny Collins in the Las Vegas production of "Hairspray."

2012’s Off Broadway Alliance Award winner for Best Musical, "SILENCE! The Musical" is the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell, music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction & choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli. After opening initially at Theatre 80 on July 9, 2011 to unanimous rave reviews, "SILENCE!" was extended numerous times by popular demand and transferred theatres twice, ultimately landing at the new Elektra Theatre in Times Square which was constructed especially for the show. SILENCE! was also selected by Time Magazine as one of 2011's Top 5 Musicals (on or Off-Broadway).

Winner of five Oscars including Best Picture, the classic film The Silence of the Lambs follows rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling as she matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecter's clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill. The laugh-out-loud raunchy satire, "SILENCE! The Musical", features a singing chorus of floppy-eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless, plus-sized Catherine Martin. Even Dr. Lecter, creepy as ever, sings about the life he'd like to lead someday outside the prison walls.

Along with Kevin Spirtas, this spring’s cast of "SILENCE! The Musical" is headed by Sean McDermott (star of Broadway’s "Miss Saigon," "Grease" "Falsettos" and "Starlight Express") as Hannibal Lecter, with Laura Jordan (as Clarice Starling), David Ayers, Callan Bergmann, Howard Kaye, Tyler Maynard, Sarah O’Gleby, Ronica V. Reddick, Kimberly Stern, and Natalie Joy Johnson.

Created by Jon and Al Kaplan in 2002, "SILENCE! The Musical" began as a collection of songs on the internet which immediately attracted a staggering number of fans. The Kaplans' subsequent screenplay "SILENCE! The Musical" was adapted by Hunter Bell into a live stage show, which also featured newly composed songs by the brothers. Fueled by a rabid cult following, "SILENCE!" shattered every box office record at the 2005 FringeNYC Festival, winning the award for Best Musical. "SILENCE!" met with further success in London and Los Angeles, where the production received three L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards.

"SILENCE! The Musical" has hosted an unusually large number of celebrity attendees including Jodie Foster, Matt Bomer (twice), Joan Rivers, Kelly Ripa, Jonathan Demme, James Earl Jones, Josh Groban, Perez Hilton, Andy Dick, Rachel Dratch, Justin Kirk, T.R. Knight, Jonathan Groff, Ben Schwartz, Neil Simon, Corbin Bleu, Richard Kind, Lisa Lampanelli, Willie Garson, Steven Pasquale, Lindsey Shaw, Erin Cummings, Jeremy Jordan, Mario Cantone, David LaChapelle, Stephen Schwartz, Linus Roache, Alec Mapa, Christine Lakin, Christian Campbell, Chad Allen, Heather Matarazzo, James Lapine, John Kander, Chita Rivera, Will Swenson, Georgia Engel, Danny Burstein, Barrett Foa, Vicki Lewis, John Billingsley, Tovah Feldshuh, Randy Harrison, Julie Brown, Stephen Flaherty, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Barbara Feldon, Cady Huffman, Audrey Wasilewski, Shuler Hensley, Reed Birney, Michelle Clunie, Anthony Heald, Donna McKechnie, Telly Leung, and James Barbour.

Produced by Theater Mogul, "SILENCE! The Musical" runs 90 minutes with no intermission and the playing schedule is Saturdays at 2 & 7 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. at the Elektra Theatre, 669 Eighth Avenue (at 42nd St.) Tickets are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through SilenceTheMusical.com.

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