The Silence of the Lambs won a ton of awards after its 1991 theatrical release, including five Oscars. But there will still some who felt the story would have been better served if it included a little more singing and dancing. And those people are finally in luck, because they can now enjoy a version of the crime drama that doesn't skimp when it comes to lavish musical numbers.
Silence! The Musical is an unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs; it started life as an internet musical in 2003 and was so popular online that it was eventually expanded into a full length show that debuted Off Broadway in 2011. Like the original movie version of the story, Silence! was well-received by critics and won a handful of awards.
One of the audience members for that Off Broadway production was Austin actor David Ponton, who was so impressed that he went to work convincing director Michael McKelvey to stage the show in Austin, with Ponton starring as serial killer Buffalo Bill. And he was obviously successful, because Silence! is making its regional debut this week, produced by McKelvey's Doctuh Mistuh Productions.
See Silence! The Musical at Salvage Vanguard Theater.