'American Psycho' Musical to Close on Broadway After Substantial Losses
Its producers announced yesterday that American Psycho will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, June 5, a week prior to the Tony Awards. The production claimed a total loss of its capitalization since opening at the Schoenfeld Theatre on April 21.
The musical, based on the 1991 novel by author Bret Easton Ellis, stars Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter lead Benjamin Davis as crazed Wall Street tycoon Patrick Bateman. Speaking to New York Theatre Guide, Davis considered the challenge of portraying such an enigmatic character while keeping his own unfavorable qualities under check:
"Well, I love that everybody has a little bit of Patrick Bateman in them, that he's the guy that does not censor himself. But that's also what's scary about it. And what's most challenging? Probably the same thing -- which is to release your demons and then kind of put a lid on them when you go home."
News of the closure comes on the heels of another recent Broadway shuttering -- Nathan Tysen's Tuck Everlasting. That musical will close on Sunday, May 29, after 39 performances. Both American Psycho and Tuck Everlasting opened on Broadway in April.
American Psycho will have played a total of 81 performances by its closing date. A report from Broadway.com detailed the show's initial premiere in London:
"London fans feasted their eyes on the to-die-for musical during its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in December 2013. The thriller's subsequent off-Broadway engagement was axed, clearing its direct shot at the Great White Way."
American Psycho was overlooked for any major Tony Awards this year, receiving only two nominations: Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical.
Ellis' novel was famously adapted for film in 2000. Directed by Mary Harron, the movie version included stars like Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe and Jared Leto. It was followed by a direct-to-video sequel, American Psycho 2.
Below, watch Time Out New York's special preview of the musical:
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