Jon and Al Kaplan
Brothers JON and AL KAPLAN moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to attend USC, where they earned degrees in concert composition and film scoring. While pursuing careers in composing and comedy writing, the Kaplans created Silence! The Musical in late 2002; what began as a set of songs eventually became a website with a cult following in 2003. Silence! was covered in magazines including Entertainment Weekly and Maxim, and aired on radio shows like XM's Opie and Anthony and Howard Stern's 100.
In 2005, Jon and Al composed several new songs and expanded Silence! into a live musical. They wrote an Airplane!-styled screenplay, Silence! The Musical, that was adapted for the stage by Tony-nominee Hunter Bell; the show was mounted by director and Tony-winner Christopher Gattelli at the 2005 NYC Fringe festival, where it won the "Overall Excellence Award" for Outstanding Musical. In 2010, Silence! re-opened in London at the Above the Stag Theatre and had a successful run. The following summer, the show opened Off Broadway at Theatre 80 to rave reviews. The run was extended for three months, after which Silence! transferred to The 9th Space Theatre at Performance Space 122, and subsequently to the Elektra Theatre on 8th Ave. and 42nd Street. The show also played a three-and-a-half-month run at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles in the fall of 2012.
In addition to Silence!, Jon and Al have composed completely unfunny music for the NBC reality show Starting Over; a John Ford silent film entitled Just Pals, which was included in the Ford at Fox DVD Box Set; and a series of Walt Disney web advertisements. The Kaplans also wrote two seasons worth of Super Nintendo-styled underscore for G4's cartoon series Code Monkeys. In 2009, the brothers wrote comedy (not music) for the MTV Movie Awards, and arranged Andy Samberg's "Lonely Island Medley," which was performed by LeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak and Forest Whitaker. Jon and Al next scored The Hills Have Thighs, the controversial erotic film that aired on HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and TMC, and the Syfy Channel original films Piranhaconda and Dinocroc Vs. Supergator. In their spare time, the Kaplans have continued to pursue their first love of writing unstageable theater works; having finally learned iMovie, they have recently produced a series of viral video musicals, including Conan the Barbarian: The Musical, Predator: The Musical and The Thing: The Musical, the brothers' biggest hits to date. They composed the score for Zombeavers, now streaming on Netflix.