American Psycho Will Close On Broadway
Patrick Bateman’s killing spree on Broadway is about to come to an end. However, it looks like in the end Broadway killed him before he could get to them. The new musical, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, will shutter early on Broadway this season despite an all-star cast, one-of-a-kind design elements and transfer to Broadway following a successful London premiere. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that the new musical American Psycho will close on Broadway!
Producers of the new American Psycho musical have announced the production will shutter early this summer, June 5th, 2016, playing its final performance just one week before the 2016 Tony Awards. American Psycho began previews earlier this season on March 24th before officially opening April 21st, 2016 at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. When the production shutters in early June, it will have played 27 previews and 54 regular performances, a total of 81 performances all together. It is the second show this week to announce an early closing date on Broadway and the third since the 2016 Tony Award nominations were announced in early May.
Reviews for the new musical were mixed and awards recognition for the production ranged across the board. American Psycho managed to score eight Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations. However, the show was only nominated for two Tony Awards, for its lighting and scenic design. The show has consistently grossed nearly half a million dollars weekly but is facing competition against a slew of new Broadway musicals this season which has stretched ticket sales thin among several new, smaller productions.
Leading American Psycho on Broadway as Patrick Bateman is Benjamin Walker. He is joined by Tony Award winner Alice Ripley as Patrick’s Mother/Mrs. Wolfe, Heléne Yorke as Evelyn Williams (Patrick’s girlfriend), Tony Award nominee Jennifer Damiano as Jean (Patrick’s secretary), Drew Moerleinas Paul Owen, Krystina Alabado as Vandan, Dave Thomas Brown as David van Patten, Jordan Dean as Luis Carruthers, Anna Eilinsfeld as Victoria, Jason Hiteas Sean Bateman, Ericka Hunter as Sabrina, Holly James as Christine, Keith Randolph Smith as Detective Kimball, Alex Michael Stoll as Craig McDermott, and Morgan Weed as Courtney Lawrence. Sydney Morton, Anthony Sagaria and Neka Zang are also featured in the ensemble. Holly James returns to the production after appearing in the London run/premiere of American Psycho.
American Psycho is helmed by Olivier Award winner Rupert Goold as director, who previously mounted King Charles III on Broadway this season, with Tony Award winner Lynne Page as choreographer. Jason Hart is musical director. The rest of the creative team includes Olivier Award winner Es Devlin as scenic designer, Obie Award winnerJustin Townsend as lighting designer and Tony Award winner Finn Ross as video designer. David Shrubsole provides musical supervision and vocal arrangements while the production is cast by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA.
American Psycho is a new musical featuring music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The musical, set in Manhattan during the 1980’s, is based on the book by the same title written by Bret Easton Ellis. Patrick Bateman is a young and handsome Wall Street banker who is pursing the American Dream. From dining in exclusive restaurants to indulging in their luxury labels, Patrick and his elite group of friends seem to have it all. However, the life Patrick lives outside this spotlight is one that comes into question when friends begin to disappear one by one.
Luner Lowdown: Wishing a personal congratulations to the entire team of American Psycho on Broadway! I was lucky enough to see the show in April and loved it. From the cast performances to the design elements, this is truly a unique one-of-a-kind work on Broadway and I’m disappointed more audiences will not have a chance to experience it.
Thanks to Jeremy Daniel for the production photos in this blog post!
Don’t miss your chance to experience American Psycho on Broadway now in its final two weeks of performances! A killer cast (Get it?) and exciting new material unlike anything on Broadway this season awaits you!