'American Psycho' to Close Before Tony Awards

The Broadway musical will close June 5 after 81 performances, just a week before the Tonys on June 12.

NEW YORK (AP) — The life of the Broadway musical American Psycho has been cut short, a victim of vicious box-office numbers.

Producers of the adaptation of the novel by Bret Easton Ellis said Thursday the show will close June 5 after 81 performances. The musical struggled to attract ticket sales and received only two technical Tony nominations.

American Psycho centers on an investment banker obsessed with high-end clothes and grooming products who slashes his way through yuppie 1989 Manhattan. The musical stars Benjamin Walker and was one of the darkest musical-theater offerings in years.

Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, composer Duncan Sheik and director Rupert Goold imagined graphic sex acts, torturing, ax-wielding, orgies and bones cracking.

The musical never made more than $600,000 a week, with a potential haul of $1 million. The production's cumulative gross after nine weeks is just $4.6 million, while its capitalization was $8.8 million. The swift closing likely means a total loss to investors.