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'Silence of the Lambs' gets comedic revival in 'Silence! The Musical'

August 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
You remember Clarice, right? Jodie Foster played the young FBI agent in the movie version of "The Silence of the Lambs." Christine Lakin now plays her in a stage production of the film.

"I think if you come see 'Silence! The Musical,' you'll be horrified. But in a very good way!" Lakin said.

Anthony Hopkins played creepy serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Now, it's stage favorite Davis Gaines' turn.

"I'm loving it," he said. "It's the craziest, wackiest, zaniest, nastiest show that I've probably ever done."

Stephen Levine plays Buffalo Bill, a serial killer on the hunt, in the musical.

"You know, that's a once-in-a-lifetime thing and I'm such a huge fan of the movie and what Ted Levine did with the role," he said.

But how do you make murder funny? Christopher Gattelli has at least one idea.

"It helps that we have a chorus of lambs dressed in lamb ears," he said.

The crew is busy rehearsing for opening night at the Hayworth Theatre.

"I would say it's an R-rating because all the most graphic stuff in the show is basically pulled from the movie and that is R-rated. Anything that's really disgusting and vulgar is based on something from the movie," said John Kaplan.

"Silence! The Musical" begins previews next Saturday night.