In the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs (20th anniversary!), 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's 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."
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.
This show premiered at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival and won the Best Musical Award
Read our exclusive interview with director-choreographer Christopher Gattelli, who explains how he and the cast are keeping the show fresh after a six year hiatus.
Jon and Al Kaplan
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