American Psycho Musical Eyes London Return; Creative Team Hopeful for Cast Album

By Adam Hetrick
11 Feb 2014

Matt Smith
Matt Smith
Photo by Manuel Harlan

Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's musical adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel "American Psycho" is eyeing a commercial London return this fall.

The musical thriller, set during the height of the 1980's era of Wall Street greed, was directed by Rupert Goold (Macbeth, King Lear, Enron). American Psycho began performances Dec. 3, 2013, and officially opened Dec. 12 to strong critical notices. It ended its sold-out run Feb. 1.

BAFTA Award-nominated "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith starred as serial killer Patrick Bateman. Read London reviews of American Psycho here.

In a Feb. 7 interview with San Francisco-area radio station KFOG, Sheik stated, "I'm actually really excited to get back there and work with Matt again. It looks like we're doing a West End transfer in the fall and if that goes well, you know, we'll bring it to America."



Aguirre-Sacasa, who is also at work on the Magic Mike musical with Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, told Playbill.com that there's been great enthusiasm for American Psycho and that the wheels are turning for a future London commercial life for the musical. The creative team is also hopeful for a cast album to be recorded within the next couple months.

The team is also discussing adjustments to the work, which could include news scenes and potentially new songs. They are hopeful that much of the original cast and creative team will continue with the future commercial run.

An American premiere is also not out of the question. With the musical set in New York City, the creators said that it's only natural to have Patrick Bateman singing and dancing in his hometown.

View photos from the production here.

The cast also featured Ben Aldridge, Charlie Anson, Jonathan Bailey, Katie Brayben, Cassandra Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Susannah Fielding, Simon Gregor, Holly James, Lucie Jones, Tom Kay, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Eugene McCoy and Hugh Skinner.

The production had set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, with choreography by Lynne Page, lighting by Jon Clark, musical direction from David Shrubsole, sound by Paul Arditti and video by Finn Ross.

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.

According to the Almeida, "Wildly controversial on publication, 'American Psycho' is now acknowledged as one of the great literary satires. In the narcissistic yuppie psychopath Patrick Bateman, writer Bret Easton Ellis created one of the most iconic antiheroes of the 20th century."

 

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Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman) and Jonathan Bailey (Tim Price)
Photo by Manuel Harlan