This April 10 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of “Silence of the Lambs”, a masterful thriller and absolute reference of the genre signed by the late Jonathan Demme. Did you know that the film was turned into a musical in 2005? Yes Yes !
We can no longer count the examples of films adapted into musicals: The Little Shop of Horrors, Singing in the Rain, Hairspray, Sister Act, Billy Elliot, The Full Monty … Not to mention the animated films. Just look at the catalog of Disney films. The Lion King, mounted on Broadway in 1997, is also one of the champions in all categories. Performed more than 6,700 times on Broadway, not to mention its versions in 63 cities in 15 different countries, the show has grossed Disney more than $ 6 billion. Astronomical.
But there are also films adapted on the boards in musical comedy, whose original universe is however light years away from the spirit of a musical precisely. And in this register, that of the Silence of the lambs is placed there!
One would not have really imagined the terrifying thriller of Jonathan Demme, which celebrates this April 10 the 30 years of its French release, to become a musical comedy, in the most literal sense of the term. It is to brothers Jon and Al Kaplan that we owe this adaptation, conceived as a delirious parody of the 1991 film. Its name? Silence, The Musical!
It all started with a schoolboy joke in 2003: the idea of making a parody on the internet, with nine songs, and by hiring volunteer friends. Benefiting from a big viral buzz, the decision was then taken to make it a real show on stage.
Presented in Off broadway in 2005, Silence! The Musical was also exported to London in 2009. Respecting the frame of the film, the show offers as a bonus a musical booklet of 17 songs with sometimes trash consonant (like “If I Could Smell Her Cunt”…), and ideas of sometimes delirious staging (a choir of actors disguised as lambs for example). Jodie Foster apparently enjoyed the show very much, finding it very funny. In the end, there were only 37 performances in the Off broadway in 2005.
Any idea of the repertoire? Here is an exerpt !