'American Psycho' Coming to Broadway as a Musical!
something completely different: There is an American
Psycho musical coming to Broadway. Based on the utterly insane
film of the same name, the musical first made its premiere on
London’s West End in 2013. That version starred “Doctor
Who” and Pride and Prejudice and
Zombies actor Matt Smith as the psychotic
axe-wielding maniac Patrick Bateman (first brought to life byChristian Bale when the film was released in
2000), while the American version will star Benjamin
Walker. Walker, who looks rather innocent to be playing
Bateman, is most well-known for his turn as an axe-wielding (but in
a good way) Abraham Lincoln in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire
Hunter. However, this is not his first turn in musical
theater. Walker starred as yet another former American President,
Andrew Jackson, in the bloody musical Bloody Bloody Andrew
It’s rather surprising that American Psycho was turned into a musical to begin with, considering its dark subject matter. The story follows Patrick Bateman, a yuppie business investor who rather dislikes the other yuppies around him. He does, however, have an affinity for high-end clothes. One day, he is enraged by his coworkers showing off their swanky business cards, so he decides to... kill a homeless man. From there, he ends up going on a bloody killing spree.
It is not yet known at which Broadway theater the musical will premiere, but it is certain that the show will be based on the original novel byBret Easton Ellis and has lyrics and music by the composer of Spring Awakening,Duncan Sheik. Spring Awakening is another musical that is known for its rather dark content, so it seems that Sheik was the perfect pick as the composer. The West End version already has a dozen songs, and there is no word yet on whether these same songs will be incorporated into the Broadway version, or if there will be an entirely new catalogue of songs (or if it will include anything from Huey Lewis & the News).
The musical will premiere on stage in March 2015!
(Photo via Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
- Sarah Osman, YH Staff