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Silence! The Musical

Silence! The Musical

The unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs

Music and Lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan; Book by Hunter Bell

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Oct. 16 – Nov. 15, 2015

Thu. – Fri. 8pm | Sat. 4pm & 8pm | Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $29.50

Preview Performances: Oct. 14 – 15 | Wed. – Thr. 8pm | Tickets: $15

Jaeb Theatre, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Creative Loafing Best of the Bay

BroadwayWorld Tampa Regional Award

What It's About

With brilliant musical numbers like “Papa Shtarling,” “Quid Pro Quo,” and “Are You About a Size 14?” Silence! The Musical is a howlingly entertaining night at the theater. Originally premiering on the internet before moving Off-Broadway, Silence! went on to win awards and find itself in Top 10 lists of New York theater. This is the second time that Jobsite and the Straz will co-produce a musical in the Jaeb, offering this as a follow-up with the wildly successful, award-winning Return to the Forbidden Planet.

This Lambs parody is as irreverent, filthy, and funny as Book of Mormon. – NY Post

Move over Assassins and Sweeney Todd, there's a new musical killer in town! – Village Voice

(L-R) Caitlin Greene, Colleen Cherry, Amy E. Gray and Ryan Sturm in Jobsite's Silence! The Musical. (Photo: Crawford Long.)

About The Writers

Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan (Music and Lyrics) created SILENCE! The Musical, a stage version of The Silence of the Lambs that has played London, New York City, and Los Angeles, as well as the YouTube channel Legolambs, which features musical-izations of various Arnold Schwarzenegger movies such as Conan the Barbarian, Predator, and Commando. Jon and Al also co-wrote and scored the file Zombeavers (2014). They composed the music for G4’s cartoon series Code Monkeys, arranged Andy Samberg’s “Lonely Island Medley” for the MTV Movies Awards, and scored the Syfy Channel original films Piranhaconda and Dinocroc vs. Supergator.

Hunter Bell (Book) earned a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical, an OBIE Award, a Drama League nomination, and a GLAD Media nomination for the original Broadway musical [title of show].  Other credits include the book for SILENCE! The Musical (OBA Award for Best Musical, a Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Musical and Outstanding Musical NY Fringe Festival), Found (Atlantic Theater, Drama Desk nomination for Best Book), Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre), Bellobration! (Ringling Bros. Circus), Villains Tonight! (Disney Cruise Lines), Julie Andrews’ The Great American Mousical (Goodspeed), and the upcoming Other World. He is a co-creator of the web series the [title of show] show and has developed television with ABC Studios and Cherry-Wind Productions. Hunter is a proud graduate and distinguished alumnus of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild, and a MacDowell Fellow.

Critic Reviews

smells like a winner ... Silence! The Musical is a triumph of imagination and a wickedly riotous send-up of the beloved novel and film. – Tampa Tribune

a "drop everything and don't miss it" show ... the show had moments that made me almost fall out of my chair laughing ... edgy, campy, delightedly inappropriate and quite proud of its own vulgarity. It makes The Book of Mormon look like The Sound of Music. – BroadwayWorld

solid and silly, also not for the faint of heart ... [Jobsite's] splashiest show of the season, and its most controversial ... [an] inventive take ... a lot of the feel-good elements found in the best musicals are present here. – Tampa Bay Times

4.5 STARS: [It] entertains from curtain to curtain call with clever jokes, outlandish sight gags and sassy song and dance ... one of those shows that's so fun, you'll wish were onstage with the cast ... Silence! will go down among Jobsite’s all-time best. – Creative Loafing


Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Robert Jarosh – Music Director
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager


  • Colleen Cherry – Miggs / Dream Clarice / Lamb
  • Amy Gray – Clarice Starling
  • Caitlin Greene – Ardelia / Barney / Lamb
  • Jonathan Harrison – Hannibal Lecter
  • Heather Krueger – Catherine / Senator Martin / Lamb
  • Spencer Meyers – Buffalo Bill
  • Ryan Sturm – Dr. Chilton / Lamb
  • Nick Hoop – Sgt. Pembry / Dream Hannibal / Lamb
  • Jon VanMiddlesworth – Crawford / Papa Shtarling / Lamb


  • Elwood Bond – Drums
  • Robert Jarosh – Keys
  • Tom Sivak – Keys II


  • Alison Burns – Choreographer
  • Jennifer Fuller – Wardrobe Crew
  • Ryan E. Finzelber – Lighting Designer
  • Carlos D. Garcia – Backstage Asst. Stage Manager/Properties
  • Brittany Reuther – Costume Designer
  • Brian Smallheer – Scenic Designer

Patron Reviews

If you get a chance to see @jobsitetheater‘s #SILENCETheMusical, do it! It is hilarious! The show was amazing! Definitely going to try and make it back! – @thebigbadcyberbully

That was soooooo good!!!!!!!! – @brandalay

Yup! The songs are still stuck in my head! – @notcarolyn

Saw it this afternoon. Hilarious and entertaining from start to finish. You MUST come see this show!!! – Daryl Parish

Hilarious and catchy tunes performed with great energy and passion. Loved it! – Roberta Phillips

Hilarious! – Amanda Twigg

Such an amazing performance! So proud of all the little lambkins, Clarice and that hunk of a man, Hanibal! Can’t wait to come back for more funk and spunk – xoxox – Laura Spencer

Curtis Brand and I had an amazing time at Silence! Yesterday! The show is hilarious and expertly directed, thank you Jobsite for bringing another fascinating musical to Tampa! – Kim Goodman

The best – Rex Gordon

Had so much fun!!!! – Gregory Holmes

Can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had at this show last night. Get your tickets now! This show is going to sell out and you’re going to cry because you missed it. – Ryan Bernier

It is a great performance! – Michele Cohen

Had a great time at the show tonight!! You all were AMAZING and I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time!! – Kole Witaker-Hillman

Excellent show! – Erin Yorker

We absolutely loved it!! Almost spit drink out at one point…had to laugh. Would see again – Michelle Lee Muffley

I originally saw it because I have to write a paper for school on it…brought my husband back to watch it for entertainment. We both couldn’t stop laughing. Fantastic show!! – Amanda Twigg

If you get a chance to see @jobsitetheater‘s #SILENCETheMusical, do it! It is hilarious! – @dominicb

Favorite new song: “Put the Effing Poodle in the Basket” by #SilenceTheMusical. – @MeredythTV

#SilenceTheMusical songs are catchy. They’re going to be stuck in my head for days! should make for some awkward moments! – @MeaganErinTAL

So funny!!! I saw the show twice in NY, and this was just as good. Well done! – Erin Rashbaum

The show was terrific!!! – Lily Wei

This show is hilarious. Great job, guys. I am now permanently scarred. 😂🐑🐛🍷🌴🐩👗💄👋🐎🚑✒📎💅 – Michelle Anaya

Absolutely hysterical! Tampa Bay needs more creative sources like this one. It’s a must see!! – Alana Chavez

Saw it this afternoon. Hilarious and entertaining from start to finish. You MUST come see this show!!! – Daryl Parish

Seriously – the entire cast is sublime!! And whoever wrote this show. You have blown my mind and I cannot wait to come back!! – Carla Kaufman

A M A Z I N G!!!! – Rob and Michael Adams

Laughed our asses off last night! – Bonita J. Bays Axley

Loved it! – Curtis Brand

Great time today seeing Jobsite’s newest production Silence! The Musical. A real hoot. Cast was great. Loved Spencer Meyers especially! Keep up the great work! – Lori Pate

We went yesterday! So good and hysterical! – Marlee Malone

Fantastic and Hilarious Opening Night! Congrats to all cast and crew! – Mich Sullivan

Silence Turned out to be another good musical that I’ve seen at the Straz Center. It made me go home after the show that night and throw on the original Silence of The Lambs DVD. Very Well done even with the Humor. – Christopher Sierra

Congratulations to everyone involved in Silence the Musical. We had a fun time! – Karla Hartley

Hilarious! We’ll be going again! – Michelle Anaya

I am a superfan of the movie. This show took all the quirks of the movie and made them achingly funny and added music that is surprisingly catchy. I was prepared to be a harsh critic, but I had a GREAT time. – Lisa Spencer

SILENCE! is awesome! A definite must @jobsitetheater #Tampa – @813area

@jobsitetheater Thank you for entertaining us thoroughly with #SilenceTheMusical We loved it. Amazing actors & production! @StrazCenter #go – @CarlynKB

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