Wicked veteran David Ayers will join the company of Silence! The Musical, the off-Broadway musical spoof of the Oscar-winning film Silence of the Lambs. Ayers will replace original cast member Stephen Bienskie as criminal mastermind Buffalo Bill beginning August 8. Bienskie is leaving the New York production to recreate his role in the show's upcoming Los Angeles production. Silence! The Musical also stars David Garrison, Jenn Harris and Randy Harrison and runs at the brand-new Elektra Theatre.
In Silence! The Musical, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Harris) matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Garrison), to catch the mysterious serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill (Ayers). Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill. Silence! features a book by Hunter Bell, music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction and choreography by Christopher Gattelli.
On Broadway, Ayers has played Fiyero in Wicked, Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof and Sky in Mamma Mia!. His other credits include Honk!, A New Brain, The Sound of Music and Hair.