In one sense, New York’s Second Stage Theatre is the perfect place for the American-side debut of a musical based on the movie American Psycho. The company was founded in 1979, just ahead of the 1980s era during which Patrick Bateman commits a series of finely tailored “murders and executions.”
In separate emails to the New York Times, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who will write the modified American book for the musical, and Second Stage artistic director Carole Rothman promised this version will be gorier than the production staged last winter in London:
Aguirre-Sacasa: “We’re going to put a bit more ‘psycho’ in the text and production, a little more horror and suspense.”
Rothman: “And there will be a lot more BLOOD!!!”
In January, New York Times reviewer Ben Brantley wrote that the London production was “often a hoot.” It has yet to be determined which actor will get to follow in the bloody shoes of Matt Smith (Dr. Who) in the American staging, scheduled to start previewing next February.
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