American Psycho by Spring Awakening Composer, Sets Broadway Opening – See Killer New Artwork!

News   American Psycho by Spring Awakening Composer, Sets Broadway Opening – See Killer New Artwork!
 
A February 2016 start of previews has been scheduled for American Psycho, the stage musical adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel, with music by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening).

The new show has a libretto by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, one of the writers of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.

The precise date and theatre have not been announced, but the show's official website, which has recently gone live, says it is "coming" in February, 2016. The site also displayed the logo art for the first time. A March 2016 opening had been announced in an earlier Equity casting notice.

Benjamin Walker, who starred in the title role of Broadway's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will play serial killer Patrick Bateman in show, according to an earlier report on Showbiz411.com, which has not been confirmed by the production.

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Tony-winner Sheik told Playbill.com that the show is having a workshop at an undisclosed locations later this summer.

NBC reported that the musical will features many of the hit songs used in the 2000 film version of the novel, including “Hip to Be Square” by Huey Lewis & The News, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears For Fears and “Don’t You Want Me” by the Human League -- but the rest of the score will be composed by Sheik. Producers David Johnson, Jesse Singer, Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel are targeting the opening around mid-March – regarded as an ideal time for new shows to catch the eyes of the Tony Nominating Committee.

The stage musical was previously announced to premiere Off-Broadway in early 2015 at Second Stage Theatre, but the production was scrapped after producers opted to bring the musical directly to Broadway.

A developmental lab, which featured Walker, "Girls" actress Zosia Mamet, Tony nominees Jennifer Damiano and Isabel Keating and "Smash" actor Wesley Taylor among its cast, was held this past winter.

None of the lab cast has been officially announced to repeat their performances on Broadway; however, producers state that the starring role of Patrick Bateman has been cast and that only an understudy is being sought.

Read more about the lab here.

Rupert Goold (Macbeth, King Lear, Enron), who directed the critically acclaimed London premiere, directs with choreography by Lynne Page

The dark pop musical has a book by Aguirre-Sacasa ("Glee," "Looking," Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, Good Boys and True), with music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony winner Sheik (Spring Awakening). 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.

Check out photos from the London production here.

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