The Verdict: London Critics Review American Psycho, New Duncan Sheik-Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Musical
13 Dec 2013
Photo by Manuel Harlan
American Psycho, the world-premiere musical by Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the 1991 Bret Easton Ellis novel, opened 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 (Macbeth, King Lear, Enron). American Psycho has music and lyrics by Sheik (Spring Awakening) and a book by Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man, "Glee"). BAFTA Award-nominated "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith stars as serial killer Patrick Bateman in the production that will continue through Feb. 1, 2014.
The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.