'American Psycho' Musical to Make U.S. Debut

10:45 AM PST 07/14/2014 by Ashley Lee
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Christian Bale in "American Psycho"

The adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel heads to New York following a sold-out run in London where it starred "Doctor Who's" Matt Smith.

Patrick Bateman is bound for New York.

The musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel American Psycho, about the arrogant Wall Street broker by day and sexually deranged serial killer by night, will make its U.S. debut this season, Second Stage Theatre announced Monday.

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The off-Broadway production will begin previews in February 2015 and will officially open in March. Exact dates have not yet been set.

The show has been adapted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik. Aguirre-Sacasa was one of the writers brought in to script-doctor Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway following director Julie Taymor's dismissal. He is also a comic book writer for Marvel, has been a staff writer and producer on Big Love and Glee, and wrote the screenplay for Kimberly Peirce's screen remake of Carrie. 

In addition to his career as a recording artist, Sheik has composed scores for a number of theater productions, most notably the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening.

American Psycho premiered at London's Almeida Theatre in December 2013, starring Doctor Who's Matt Smith and directed by Rupert Goold. The Hollywood Reporter's critic Stephen Dalton noted in his review of the sold-out show, "Goold’s glitzy new London stage adaptation almost glosses over the book’s notoriously graphic carnage altogether, aiming instead for a darkly funny tone that plays at times like a light-headed, razzle-dazzle social satire. A little lacking in focus, it feels more like a series of splashy set-pieces than a serious literary adaptation. But it's nonetheless an impressive, immersive spectacle."

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Goold and the creative team are making revisions to the production for its U.S. run, casting for which will be announced at a later date.

The stage musical version has been in the works for some time, originally announced for Broadway in 2008. Mary Harron directed a 2000 feature film adaptation of Ellis' novel that starred Christian Bale.

The U.S. run of the musical is presented in association with Act 4 Entertainment by special arrangement with Edward R. Pressman, one of the producer's of Harron's movie. It was originally produced in London as an Almeida Theatre and Headlong co-production.

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