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Duncan Sheik's American Psycho Musical Aiming for 2016 Broadway Bow?

Sheik pens the score, with playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa penning the book.

Matt Smith as Patrick Bateman in the London production of American Psycho.
Matt Smith as Patrick Bateman in the London production of American Psycho.
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The new Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa musical American Psycho is aiming for an early 2016 Broadway bow, according to an Equity audition notice. Rehearsals would begin in January 2016, with previews starting in February and opening night in March. A theater has not been revealed.

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.

A recent workshop of the show starred Benjamin Walker as Patrick Bateman, with Zosia Mamet as Evelyn Williams, and an ensemble that included Jennifer Damiano, Wesley Taylor, Roe Hartrampf, Theo Stockman, Heléne Yorke, Drew Gehling, Angel Reda, Wallace Smith, Sydney Morton, Krystina Alabado, Jeb Brown, Isabel Keating, and Nick Bailey.

Broadway vet Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) was expected to star in an off-Broadway mounting at Second Stage Theatre in February. The run was canceled when the show's rights holder, Act 4 Entertainment, decided an off-Broadway bow wasn't in the production's best interests.