The musical American Psycho goes Off-Broadway in February at the Second Stage Theater. Director Rupert Goold's musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's satire on Manhattan yuppies of the 1980's received mixed reviews during its world premiere this past winter at Almeida Theatre in London, where Goold is the new artistic director.
Photo of American Psycho at Almeida Theatre by Manuel Harlan.
Goold had originally wanted to move the production directly to Broadway. Now Goold's number one challenge for the Off-Broadway show is finding the right actor to play the lead role, Patrick Bateman. Photo of American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan.
Goold had originally designed the musical around Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), but he was unavailable at the time for the production at Almeida. Matt Smith (Doctor Who) stepped in and sold plenty of tickets, but could not carry the musical with his voice.
(L to R) Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman) and Ben Aldridge (Paul Owen) in American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan.
Perhaps with Walker, the show could move to Broadway by next summer or fall. It is expected that Second Stage will soon announce that Walker will play Bateman. Rehearsals start near Christmas.
(L to R) Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman) and the company of American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan.
The creative team for American Psycho at Almeida Theatre included set designer Es Devlin and costume designer Katrina Lindsay. Jon Clark designed lighting and Paul Arditti the sound. The musical's book is by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Music and lyrics are by Duncan Sheik. To read the full article, visit The New York Times.
Photo of American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan.
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