‘Spring Awakening’ Duncan Sheik talks ‘American Psycho the Musical’ Music Origins

By James Knight on Mar 26, 2016 04:34 PM EDT

American Psycho the Musical began previews this past Thursday. The new musical stars Ben Walker, Alice Ripley and Jennifer Damiano and features musics and lyrics by Spring Awakening’s Duncan Sheik. Recently, the Tony Award winning musician opened up about the origins of the music.

Recently, Duncan Sheik spoke to Billboard about being struck with the inspiration to create the sound for American Psycho the Musical:

“I had read the book when I was in college when it first came out in 1991. Frankly, the idea of turning American Psycho into a musical seemed pretty daft to me in the beginning. But when I re-read the book [in] 2009, I had one of those lightbulb-over-the-head moments where I thought, this will be really cool to create a piece of musical theater where the whole sonic palette was electronic music because basically all these characters were going out to nightclubs in New York City in the mid-to-late 80s. It was when early house music and early techno and EDM from the U.K. and Europe was starting to happen here in New York. I remember that time really well because I was sneaking into those same clubs as a teenager.”

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American Psycho the Musical is currently playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre located at 236 West 45th Street. Tickets are on sale now at

The Original London Cast Recording is currently available now from Concord Records.

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