The musical thriller, set during the height of the 1980's era of Wall Street greed, is based on Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel. Rupert Goold (Macbeth, King Lear, Enron) will stage the production that will begin in late fall. The Almeida will present the production in association with David Johnson and Jesse Singer of Act 4 Entertainment.
Goold also staged a 2011 workshop of the material that featured Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof star Benjamin Walker as central character Patrick Bateman. London casting has not taken place.
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American Psycho centers on a 26-year-old Manhattan investment banker who moonlights as a serial killer. It has music and lyrics by Sheik and a book by Aguirre-Sacasa, who also penned the revised book for Spider-Man, as well as the television series "Glee" and "Big Love."
Aguirre-Sacasa previously spoke to Playbill.com about the property in 2011. The staging features an original score by Sheik, with a few 80's pop songs sprinkled in.
It is also the intent that the brutal murders depicted in the novel and film will be shocking on stage. The novel stirred controversy with its graphic accounts of how Bateman murdered his victims and mutilated their bodies. "The hope is to theatricalize the violence in such a way that it packs a visceral punch without being completely grindhouse," he said.