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Fringe demands ‘Silence!’

Parody of 1991 Oscar-winning 'Lambs' to tune up fest

NEW YORK — Imagine Hannibal Lecter crooning about a feast of human liver with fava beans and Chianti while dancing prison guards sing harmonies. That could be on the menu this summer when “Silence! The Musical” makes its world premiere as part of the New York Intl. Fringe Festival, Aug. 12-28.

An unauthorized parody of the 1991 Oscar winner, “The Silence of the Lambs,” the show was adapted by songwriting brothers Jon and Al Kaplan and will be produced by Tesseract Theater. Christopher Gattelli, who turned heads with his sharp boy-band dance moves this season for “Altar Boyz,” will choreograph and direct.

Chronicling the battle of wits between the erudite cannibal and FBI rookie Clarice Starling as she attempts to track down serial killer Buffalo Bill, “Silence!” features a Greek chorus of lambs.

But with song titles like Bill’s “Are You About a Size 14?” or his duet with captive Catherine, “Put the Fucking Lotion in the Basket,” don’t look for a Michael Buble cover version any time soon.

If that isn’t enough to satisfy pop culture parodists, there’s always “The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” at the Lamb’s Theater.

Just in time to draw any light sabre-wielding geeks not sated by “Revenge of the Sith,” the solo show runs Aug. 2-Oct. 31, featuring Canuck writer-performer Charles Ross, who “plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, wields the swords and fights both sides of the battles.”

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