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‘American Psycho’ Musical Coming to Off Broadway

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By PATRICK HEALY  JULY 14, 2014 1:00 PM | ArtsBeat/The New York Times

Patrick Bateman is snaking back to New York. The investment banker-cum-serial killer at the center of Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel, “American Psycho,” will be singing and dancing amid spatters of blood in a musical adaptation at Second Stage Theater starting in February, executives there announced Monday.

 

With music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (a Tony Award winner for “Spring Awakening”) and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Good Boys and True,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”), the musical was originally mounted last winter at Almeida Theater in London, with its artistic director, Rupert Goold, staging the work to mixed-to-positive reviews. Mr. Goold will direct the show at Second Stage.

 

Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa, in an email on Monday, said that he was making some revisions to the book and that Mr. Sheik was writing a couple of new songs. “We’re going to put a bit more ‘psycho’ in the text and production, a little more horror and suspense,” he said.

 

Carole Rothman, the artistic director of Second Stage, also noted that the production would have an all-American cast; the role of Patrick was played in London by Matt Smith, a star there from the television series “Doctor Who.” Casting will be announced later.

 

“And there will be a lot more BLOOD!!!” Ms. Rothman added in an email.

From left, Matt Smith, as Patrick Bateman, and Ben Aldridge in “American Psycho” at the Almeida Theater in London. © Manuel Harlan

“American Psycho” is the first of Mr. Ellis’s novels to be adapted for the stage. Commercial producers from Act 4 Entertainment have been developing the musical and are contributing financially to the budget for the Second Stage run, Off Broadway; Ms. Rothman said the exact amount was being worked out. Any chance for the production to transfer from Second Stage to Broadway for a commercial run will depend in large part on the reviews after the show’s opening night in March.

 

Reference: ArtsBeat/The New York Times By PATRICK HEALY  JULY 14, 2014 1:00 PM

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