PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Dec. 7-13: American Psycho and Heathers Slash Their Ways to the Stage and NBC Will Hear the Sound of More Musicals

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13 Dec 2013

Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons
Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons
Photo by Teresa Wood

It turns out the producers of Eric Coble's The Velocity of Autumn meant it earlier this year when they said the new play would be coming to Broadway.

The show, which ran at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., last fall, will play a limited engagement at Broadway's Booth Theatre beginning April 1, 2014, prior to an official opening April 21. Molly Smith will direct.

The production will mark the Broadway debut of the relatively unknown Coble, whose best-known credit is the Off-Broadway play Bright Ideas. It will also represent the first time Estelle Parsons has been handed a leading role on Broadway since the 1990 revival of Miss Margarida's Way.

The play is about Alexandra, a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where to spend her remaining years. As press notes state, "In Alexandra's corner are her wit, her volcanic passion and the fact that she's barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block." There's a senior that prizes her independence.

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The world-premiere production of American Psycho, the musical by composer Duncan Sheik and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa based on the controversial 1991 Bret Easton Ellis novel, officially opens Dec. 12 at London's Almeida Theatre.

The musical thriller, set during the height of the 1980's era of Wall Street greed, is directed by Rupert Goold and stars Matt Smith as serial killer Patrick Bateman.

Critics were divided mainly, it seemed, on whether they liked Goold's super-slick, surfacey approach to Bateman's slick, surfacey world.

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