When Brett Easton Ellis’s classic ’80s New York story American Psycho was made into a Hollywood movie in 2000 it was extremely controversial and had trouble finding theaters willing to screen it. Fast forward a decade and it’s now an American classic worthy of a major Broadway musical. Personally I think Ellis was spot-on with his satire of the excess of New York in the ’80s, far more so than, say, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. The funny thing is, too, that some of the satire doesn’t even seem odd anymore; I could swear I’ve seen items like “rare roasted partridge breast in raspberry coulis with a sorrel timbale” in a real New York restaurant… From the New York Post:
Move over, Sweeney Todd — another singing psycho is nearing his Broadway debut.
The tale of Patrick Bateman — a fictional Wall Street banker obsessed with designer clothes, Phil Collins, rape and murder — is going to drench the Great White Way in blood in “American Psycho: The Musical,” producers of the show told The Post.
“Think about Malcolm McDowell singing songs during ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ He sang ‘Singing in the Rain,’ ” said Duncan Sheik, the new show’s composer, comparing his musical to a brutal attack scene in the 1971 film…
Sheik, who won a Grammy and two Tonys for writing the songs in the Broadway hit “Spring Awakening,” and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa signed on in February and have completed the first act, with a full draft expected by early next year.
“There are murders, and they are on stage in full view of the audience,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “An ax and a chef’s knife will be used. I think there’s going to be a lot of blood.”…
[continues in the New York Post]