The American Psycho musical will not have an off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre after all. Though it was scheduled for a run in 2015, Second Stage announced Friday it would not be producing the show, which premiered in London. “We are disappointed that we will not be producing American Psycho this season, but the rights holders, Act 4 Entertainment, have decided to not move forward with the production at Second Stage,” Artistic Director Carole Rothman said in a statement. “We will be announcing a new production in its place in the coming weeks.”
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After playing two blood-thirsty American presidents—on stage in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and on screen in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter—Benjamin Walker may now play an American Psycho.
The actor has reportedly been cast as serial killer Patrick Bateman in the upcoming U.S. premiere of the musical, based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel and 2000 film of the same name. Written by Spring Awakening‘s Duncan Sheik and Big Love‘s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the dark show about excess and murder is set to open off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in March 2015 and will be directed by Rupert Goold.
Walker would step into the role slayed by Christian Bale in the film. Dr. Who star Matt Smith took on the character last December at London’s Almeida Theatre, where Goold is the artistic director. EW‘s Jason Clark even suggested the casting of Walker when the transfer was announced last month.
It’s hip to be square yet again, it seems. The London-premiered musical version of American Psycho—famously a Bret Easton Ellis novel, then a cult classic 2000 film with Christian Bale—will get a stateside production this spring at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre.
The musical—which alternates new, electronic-fused tunes by Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) along with the film’s cheeky use of 1980s tunes by Phil Collins, Human League, Tears For Fears, and the aforementioned Huey Lewis & The News, among others—received much acclaim in its 2013 premiere on the West End. The role of Patrick Bateman, the skin-care obsessed, fancy business card-carrying maniac at the center of the story, is a coveted one, and Second Stage has said casting will be forthcoming. Is it possible they could get Doctor Who star Matt Smith to reprise his role from the London production? Or if they go American, might one suggest Aaron Tveit or Benjamin Walker as Bateman? (The latter even did the 2011 workshop production, so he already has an insight into the chainsaw-wielding madman.)
As with the overseas production, American Psycho will be directed by Rupert Goold (Enron, the Patrick Stewart Macbeth), with a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). Previews will begin February 2014 in anticipation of a March 2015 opening.
Hustle. Beauty. Pie. Idol. Gangster. Dreamz. Gigolo. Virgin. Violet. Outlaws. Idiot. Girl. Boy.
They’re a collection of words (or, in the case of “dreamz,” almost-words) that seem to have little in common, until you put the word “American” in front of them. Then each becomes a title, and not just any title — an evocative, slightly ironic title which promises a story that could only happen in these United States, one offering commentary on our shared national experience and way of life. It’s audacious, patriotic, grandiose — sort of like America itself, or at least the idea of “America.”
Either that… or the work’s creators couldn’t think of a good title, so they picked out a random noun and slapped “American” in front of it.
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