Bloody Bloody Patrick Bateman: American Psycho Comes to NYC

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14 Jul 2014

Matt Smith starred in the London premiere
Matt Smith starred in the London premiere
Photo by Manuel Harlan

The stage musical adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel "American Psycho," written by Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, will have its New York premiere at Second Stage Theatre in early 2015.

The musical thriller, set during the height of the 1980's era of Wall Street greed, premiered at London's Almeida Theatre last fall, where it played an extended, sold-out run. 

Rupert Goold (Macbeth, King Lear, Enron), who directed the critically acclaimed London premiere, will return to stage the Off-Broadway engagement that will begin previews in February 2015 towards a March opening.

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

Ellis' 1991 novel was previously adapted for screen in 2000, starring Christian Bale. 



The writers have returned to work on the musical along with director Goold since the London premiere. A handful of new songs as well as book revisions and "more blood" are promised when American Psycho has its American premiere this winter. 

"We're putting a little more 'psycho' in American Psycho, a little more horror and suspense," Aguirre-Sacasa told Playbill.com. "Personally, it’s really exciting for me because Second Stage has been my artistic home in New York since they first produced The Mystery Plays in 2004. And it’s exciting that after having a production in London, and after the movie being shot in Toronto, Patrick Bateman is finally going to be where he belongs—in New York City."

Casting will be announced at a later date. The London premiere featured BAFTA Award-nominated "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith as serial killer Patrick Bateman. Read London reviews of American Psycho here.

According to 2ST, "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.

Second Stage presents the American premiere of the musical in association with Act 4 Entertainment and Edward R. Pressman.

The creative team and casting will be announced at a later date. Check out photos from the London production here.

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