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American Psycho is going to become a killer Broadway musical

07.23.2015by: Brennan Klein
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Yes, you read that headline right. With a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN) and lyrics by "Barely Breathing" crooner Duncan Sheik, AMERICAN PSYCHO is headed to the Broadway stage. The show will star Benjamin Walker (ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER) and will premiere in a yet-unnamed Shubert theater this winter, with previews starting February 19, 2016.

AMERICAN PSYCHO isn't the only horror property to get the musical treatment, but it's certainly one of the most unexpected. Evil Dead and Re-Animator both lend themselves to the genre by being campy gore-fests that already feature elements of fun. Carrie... Well, Carrie was a notorious flop, but it has a ready-made teen cast and plenty of over-the-top performances.

American Psycho certainly has the dark comedy elements going for it, but the tale of yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman (based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name) is going to be a hell of a time to adapt. One can only hope that the theater invests in a grade A cleaning crew, because stage blood does not come off easy.

Benjamin Walker
Extra Tidbit: Do you think an American Psycho musical could possibly be any good?

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7:24PM on 07/27/2015
I'm excited though this isn't really breaking news considering that the show has been playing in the UK for awhile now. And it does fit in nicely with the growing list of horror based musicals. For the record, Carrie, though originally a flop, is kind of a hot commodity since being revived a few years off-Broadway. It's actually a a pretty well-written show.
I'm excited though this isn't really breaking news considering that the show has been playing in the UK for awhile now. And it does fit in nicely with the growing list of horror based musicals. For the record, Carrie, though originally a flop, is kind of a hot commodity since being revived a few years off-Broadway. It's actually a a pretty well-written show.
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4:44AM on 07/24/2015
An American Psycho musical could work. For one thing, the tale's protagonist does love music, so the production might have part of its soundtrack pre-provided. The songs would be '80s songs too, so current nostalgia might help the musical connect with audiences. For another thing, Wall Street is often seen as a bunch of sociopathic monsters right now, fairly or not. Therefore, an American Psycho musical helps audiences deal with their feelings. It provides catharsis, social commentary, and
An American Psycho musical could work. For one thing, the tale's protagonist does love music, so the production might have part of its soundtrack pre-provided. The songs would be '80s songs too, so current nostalgia might help the musical connect with audiences. For another thing, Wall Street is often seen as a bunch of sociopathic monsters right now, fairly or not. Therefore, an American Psycho musical helps audiences deal with their feelings. It provides catharsis, social commentary, and satire on Broadway about the activities centered farther to Manhattan's south. American Psycho: The Musical pertains to our times.
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