Rupert Goold (Macbeth, King Lear, Enron), who directed the critically acclaimed London premiere, was tapped to stage the canceled Off-Broadway engagement. He will direct the lab with choreography by Lynne Page.
The rumored reason for the show's removal from Second Stage's season was attributed to Act 4 Entertainment, a production company known best for film development, pulling the rights. As previously announced, Second Stage has filled the American Psycho spot with the Atlantic Theater Company production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Between Riverside and Crazy.
Already cast are the roles of Patrick Bateman (previously rumored to be Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson's Benjamin Walker), Paul Owen, Craig McDermott, Luis Carruthers, Sean Bateman, Detective Kimball, Jean and Patrick's Mother/Mrs. Wolfe. The musical thriller, set during the height of the 1980's era of Wall Street greed, premiered at London's Almeida Theatre last fall, where it played an extended, sold-out run.
The dark pop musical has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("Glee," "Big Love," Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, Good Boys and True), with music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony winner Sheik. Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel was previously adapted for the screen in 2000, starring Christian Bale.
The London premiere featured BAFTA Award-nominated "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith as serial killer Patrick Bateman. Read London reviews of American Psycho here.
Here's how the musical is billed: "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."
The London premiere of American Psycho was an Almeida Theatre and Headlong co-production in association with David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Act 4 Entertainment by special arrangement with Edward R Pressman.