Get ready for Patrick Bateman on Broadway. A musical version of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho finished a successful run in London in 2014, but it took a bit longer for the transfer to New York. Broadway babe Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) stars as the lovable psychopath Patrick Bateman and yesterday during a press preview of the show, the young, sexy cast performed four songs: “Selling Out,” “A Girl Before,” “Cards” and “You Are What You Wear.” American Psycho begins previews on March 24 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, but you can get a sneak peek at what’s in store in the clip of the actors (not in costume) above.
The 2000 movie starring Christian Bale and directed by Mary Harron skewered consumerist culture and become a touchstone for a generation of men who related to Ellis’ 1991 cult novel about a 26-year-old Wall Street investment banker who loves Huey Lewis and the News, strives to get reservations at the best restaurants and says of himself: “I feel like shit, but I look great.” The musical has music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee, Looking) and will include a variety of music genres, synth sounds and references to ’80s pop icons such as Phil Collins. Rupert Goold, who was responsible for the slick London production, will direct this version as well.
“As I reread the book 20 years later—because I had read it in college—I realized that this was a great opportunity to create a piece of theater that really challenges people’s ideas about what musical theater might sound like,” Sheik recently told Time Out. “Specifically, I thought about electronic music, and house music and techno and many other subgenres of EDM that have proliferated since then.”