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Off-Broadway Premiere Set for “American Psycho” Musical

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    Matt Smith and Jonathan Bailey in the 2013 musical staging of "American Psycho" at London's Almeida Theatre.

    Patrick Bateman has killer looks and killer tendencies. And this spring, the investment banker turned serial killer we came to love in Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel and Mary Harron’s 2000 film, “American Psycho,” will make his way back to New York in a new musical adaptation opening in March 2015 at the Second Stage Theater.

    The musical comes off-Broadway after an acclaimed 2013 run in London, where it starred the Eleventh Doctor from “Dr. Who,” Matt Smith, in the Patrick Bateman role made famous by Christian Bale in the film. No casting has been announced yet for the Second Stage production, but Rupert Goold ("Enron"), who directed the show in London, will once again direct here.

    The 1980s-set “American Psycho” musical features many of the hit songs used in the film -- “Hip to be Square” by Huey Lewis & The News, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears For Fears, “Don’t You Want Me” by the Human League, etc.

    Additional songs come from Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik (“Spring Awakening”).

    The stage show’s book is written by one of the “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” scribes, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Both Sheik and Aguirre-Sacasa will reportedly be making changes to the show before its New York premiere.

    Previews for “American Psycho” are set to begin in February 2015.

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