Sink Your Teeth Into Silence! The Musical

If you found yourself humming and tapping your toes while Hannibal Lecter chewed off the face of his prison guards, have we got a musical for you!

Silence! The Musical, the melodious adaptation of Silence of the Lambs, is returning for another off-Broadway run after becoming a sleeper hit last season.

Brought to the stage by [title of show]‘s Hunter Bell and chosen by Time magazine as one of the top shows of 2011 (alongside Book of Mormon and War Horse), Silence! was originally planned as just an eight-week engagement. But like Dr. Lecter at a fat farm, audiences couldn’t get enough.

The show, which stars David Garrison (a.k.a. Married…with Children‘s Steve Rhoades) as Hannibal the Cannibal and Jenn Harris as FBI agent Clarice Starling, is more tongue-and-cheek than its source material.

According to the press release:

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.

And with songs like “If I Could Smell Her C*nt,” “Are You About a Size 14” and “Put the F*king Lotion in the Basket,” this ain’t exactly Mary Poppins.

Silence! The Musical opens January 12 at P.S. 122, 150 First Ave at 9th St. The original cast recording is out now on Sh-K-Boom Records. Photo: Carol Rosegg.