American Psycho Attacks Broadway

American psychoWhen 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]

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  • http://thefirstchurchofmutterhals.blogspot.com/ mutterhals

    No, no, no, no, fuck you whoever is responsible for this, how dare you. And the quote about Malcolm McDowell is like the final nail in my coffin.

    • Dave_Plankton

      The solution’s simple. If it winds you up that much then don’t go and see it. I think it’s a dreadful idea and have no desire to see it. I’ll achieve that by not buying tickets for the show. If it succeeds then so be it, however I think the idea is badly conceived and will probably flop.

  • http://thefirstchurchofmutterhals.blogspot.com/ mutterhals

    No, no, no, no, fuck you whoever is responsible for this, how dare you. And the quote about Malcolm McDowell is like the final nail in my coffin.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    The real tipoff for me vis-a-vis Bateman’s soullessness was his Phil Collins fandom. After that, even failure to cast a reflection in a mirror would just be icing on the cake.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    The real tipoff for me vis-a-vis Bateman’s soullessness was his Phil Collins fandom. After that, even failure to cast a reflection in a mirror would just be icing on the cake.

  • Anonymous

    The solution’s simple. If it winds you up that much then don’t go and see it. I think it’s a dreadful idea and have no desire to see it. I’ll achieve that by not buying tickets for the show. If it succeeds then so be it, however I think the idea is badly conceived and will probably flop.

  • Haystack

    They’re doing this with Pee Wee’s Playhouse, too. And Spiderman. And the life of Andrew Jackson.

    Broadway hasn’t produced anything culturally relevant in decades, so now they’re trying to get people to watch their shows ironically. Next they’ll be getting Ben Stein to sing in a Ferris Bueller musical.

  • Haystack

    They’re doing this with Pee Wee’s Playhouse, too. And Spiderman. And the life of Andrew Jackson.

    Broadway hasn’t produced anything culturally relevant in decades, so now they’re trying to get people to watch their shows ironically. Next they’ll be getting Ben Stein to sing in a Ferris Bueller musical.

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