The highly anticipated musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’novel American Psycho is set to make its US premiere in 2015.


The musical features music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). It made its world premiere in late 2013 at London’s Almeida Theatre, starring Matt Smith (of Doctor Who fame) as Patrick Bateman. It was greeted enthusiastically by critics and was also successful with audiences, extending its initially limited run to February of 2014.


The American premiere will open at Second Stage Theatre in March of 2015. It will feature direction by Rupert Goold, who also helmed the London production. No casting has been announced currently. The writers and director are working on revisions to the score as well as the script based on feedback they received during the London run. They also promise “more blood”in the American version of American Psycho.


The novel American Psycho, first published in 1991 by Ellis, tells the story of Patrick Bateman, New York City playboy and businessman who also moonlights as a serial killer. The story highlights the greed of corporate America in the 1980s, and is notorious for its explicit language, and graphic scenes of sexuality and violence. In the time since its initial publication, it has become increasingly more and more controversial, and in some countries can only be sold shrink wrapped or with a warning on the front.


In 2000 it was made into a movie starring Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon, and Willem Dafoe. The black comedy was popular with critics, but criticized by some for its extensive use of violence and sex. It has since developed a cult following worldwide, so producers of the musical have reason to hope their adaptation will benefit from the film’s audience.


Here is how Second Stage Theatre describes the plot of this new adaptation:


“26-year-old Patrick Bateman is sophisticated, rich and devastatingly handsome. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend, a to-die-for apartment, and a Wall Street job in 1980s New York City. In short, his life’s killer. There’s just one snag in this dark vision of the American Dream…Patrick can’t get the blood out of his $5000 suits.”


Second Stage presents the American premiere of the musical in association with Act 4 Entertainment and Edward R. Pressman.


The creative team will be announced at a later date.


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David Vogel is a professional actor based out of New York City who has worked at The Barn Theatre (Augusta, MI), Riverside Dinner Theatre (Fredericksburg, VA), and as a singer for Carnival Cruise lines. Check out his blog www.davidvogel.tumblr.com

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