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Is the New American Psycho Musical on Track for Broadway?

Producers have big plans for the show after pulling it from Second Stage Theatre's new season.

Matt Smith as Patrick Bateman in the London production of American Psycho.
(© Manuel Harlan)

The new Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa musical American Psycho may no longer be on the docket for off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre, but that doesn't mean New York audiences won't get to see it. The show's rights holder, Act 4 Entertainment, is hoping to present the show directly on Broadway in fall 2015, according to published reports.

Act 4 pulled the show from Second Stage's lineup late last week after deciding that an off-Broadway bow wasn't in the production's best interests. Instead, going on the advice of several prominent New York theater producers, the organization has planned a developmental workshop followed by a Broadway engagement.

Directed by Rupert Goold, American Psycho is inspired by the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis, which tells the story of a handsome young investment banker who has a secret life as a serial killer. The musical premiered at London's Almeida Theatre in 2013, in a production that starred Matt Smith as protagonist Patrick Bateman. Broadway vet Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) was expected to star in the Second Stage outing when it began in February.


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