The American Psycho musical now has a space and a set month in which it’ll begin its reign of capitalist nightmares: Variety announced that it’ll be performed at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater — and previews will begin in March. The 1980s Wall Street-set show already had a run in London, back in 2013, with the Eleventh Doctor of Doctor Who — Matt Smith — in the role of Patrick Bateman. For its Broadway run, Benjamin Walker will play the “psycho.”
You may know Walker from his role as Abraham Lincoln in the accuracy-centric biopic, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. He’ll also be in Ron Howard’s upcoming film, In the Heart of the Sea — which is based on the same story that brought about Moby Dick.
The book for American Psycho was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (other credits unfortunately include Spider Man: Turn off the Dark), and the lyrics and compositions are by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening). Of the music, The Guardian noted the referencing of “Bateman’s Eighties pop icons, such as Phil Collins,” and how the musical’s tunes provide “an ironic commentary on the action. Instead of stand-alone songs Sheik gives us music that reflects the world the characters inhabit.” The Independent called the show in London (which had the same director — Royal Shakespeare Company associate director Rupert Goold) a “diabolically slick production,” saying it’s “a caustic antidote” to a typical style of musical theatre sentimentality.