Monday, April 15, 2024

Broadway: “American Psycho” the Musical Is Slashing its Way to Spring 2016 Opening


It’s been bandied about before, but now it seems official. “American Psycho: The Musical” is coming to Broadway in spring 2016 for a Tony run. Brett Easton Ellis’s novel was controversial when it was published in 1991. His hero Patrick Bateman beds and kills a number of people. This was depicted graphically in the movie with Christian Bale, including a notable threesome that left everyone dripping in blood.

Now Benjamin Walker will play Patrick on stage, with Rupert Goold re-creating his London staging from the Almeida. The Almeida is not the West End, however. It’s off Broadway, so to speak. “American Psycho” did not get good reviews in London. I have no idea how this will play here. What’s the upside? Unlike Sweeney Todd, Bateman is not avenging anything. He’s just being ironic. The creators would have to change the story significantly to make Patrick sympathetic.

Anyway, no one asked us, did they? The show is currently casting all the principals, including Patrick’s fiancee (maybe Reese Witherspoon’s best movie role), his three pals, his secretary and brother. The show will open in March.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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