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Bret Easton Ellis' 'American Psycho' Goes Off-Broadway Musical Thanks to Duncan Sheik, Second Stage Theater in February 2015

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Jul 20, 2014 03:42 PM EDT

Patrick Bateman hasn't left Manhattan just yet, and a new incarnation of the serial killer is about to hit the Off-Broadway stage.

Second Stage Theater announced Monday that it will mount a musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' famous 1991 thriller, American Psycho. A premiere has been set for February 2015, though no cast has been announced.

The stage adaptation is written by playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and is directed by Rupert Goold.

Duncan Sheik, who has coined music for more than a dozen original songs including "You Are What You Wear" and who also had a 1996 smash-hit "Barely Breathing," helped bring the musical forward via a Kickstarter campaign yielding $150,000.

And just like the famous Mary Harron film version, the show will use real songs from the time period, including Tears for Fear, New Order, Phil Collins and the famous murderous ode to Huey Lewis and the News' "Hip to Be Square."

Ellis' book provoked some serious reactions when it was published and made into a feature film. But the Off-Broadway product shouldn't shock anyone (I mean, it is a musical, now).

Until then, here's Bateman to take us out.

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TagsBret Easton Ellis, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Patrick Bateman, Mary Harron, Rupert Goold

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