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The planned off-Broadway run of an American Psycho musical has been canceled, the theater set to mount the production said Friday.
Second Stage Theatre’s artistic director Carole Rothman said in a statement that the theater would not be producing American Psycho this season after the rights holders, Act 4 Entertainment, decided not to move forward with the off-Broadway production.
The New York Times speculates that the reason for Act 4’s sudden decision is because they want to send the show straight to Broadway, which has been the goal all along. Not premiering at Second Stage would save producers the cost of developing the show off-Broadway. The Second Stage production was rumored to star Benjamin Walker, and according to the Times, negotiations are still underway for Walker to star in the show on Broadway.
A Broadway theater opened up for this season when the planned James Corden-led revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was postponed upon news that Corden would replace Craig Ferguson as the host of The Late Late Show and the producers released an unnamed Nederlander house.
American Psycho had its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London, with that production starring Matt Smith of Dr. Who fame and directed by Rupert Goold. Goold was set to direct at Second Stage.
The musical is based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis and features a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music by Duncan Sheik. Christian Bale memorably starred in the 2000 film version of American Psycho, also based on the novel.
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