Last night I was sitting in row D on the left side of the orchestra at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City for the fifth preview of An American Psycho The Musical. And what a special night at the theater it was.
American Psycho originally played a very short 2 month sold out run at London's Almeida Theatre from December 2013 through early February 2014. My understanding is that the original lead actor, Matt Smith, had other commitments and could only play the role of Wall Street investment banker Patrick Bateman for a limited time only before beginning work on another project.
American Psycho the Musical tells the story of the 26 year old, Harvard educated Patrick who is a rising star at Wall Street firm Pierce and Pierce. We get to witness Patrick's daily life in his office and as he goes out and about town to the hottest restaurants and clubs only the "biggest earners" can get into as well as his "dark side", which is a murdering serial killer.
In this production of American Psycho The Musical the role of Patrick Bateman is played by the very talented Benjamin Walker. Previously he played on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Inherit the Wind and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Broadway mainstay talents Alice Ripley and Jennifer Damiano play the roles of Patrick's mother and secretary Jean. Helene York plays Patrick's girlfriend Evelyn. The cast of 16 doesn't skip a beat in this 2 hour and 40 minute production beautifully directed by veteran Rupert Goold who was director for King Charles III, Macbeth and Enron on Broadway. If you've seen Enron on Broadway then you should enjoy all the technology used on stage in American Psycho The Musical. It's got a very modern and "hip" feel that captures the storyline extremely well. Very cool stuff.
Duncan Sheik, who recently had his Spring Awakening revival play on Broadway has written both Music and Lyrics. There are 23 songs in this musical which include 5 songs written that were popular in the 1980's by other song writers of time. They include "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", "True Faith", "In the Air Tonight", "Hip to be Square" (one of my favorite Huey Lewis and the News hits) and "Don't You Want Me". These songs fit perfectly as they help portray the time period well for sure.
The Book of this musical was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and is based on the 1991 novel by Brett Easton Ellis. If you've seen the film American Psycho then you'll easily recall that it starred Christian Bale and Reese Witherspoon.
I've seen 28 of the shows playing on Broadway and American Psycho The Musical is in a category all its own right now. The subject matter, although "violent in nature" manages to "sprinkle in" a good amount of humor as we begin to understand what is going on in Patrick's mind. All in all, and I've been in the Broadway Show ticket selling business for 39 years now, I sincerely think this show will appeal to not only the everyday theatergoer but to the younger generation as Broadway continues to strive for the young people to support theatre in New York City.
Right now American Psycho the Musical is offering reduced prices while the show is in previews. I'm sure these discounts will be discontinued after its official opening night on April 20, 2016. If you need help obtaining reasonably priced American Psycho the Musical tickets please consider a call to Applause-Tickets, the local expert ticket service located right here in New York City. We're open 24/7 to assist. I hope you enjoyed this blog post review of American Psycho the Musical. I really enjoyed the show and know that you will too.
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