American Psycho

American Psycho

by  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Duncan Sheik

Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy  /  8m, 8f

A sexy and psychopathic new musical based on the best-selling novel by Bret Easton Ellis, set in the epicenter of excess.
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American Psycho
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Based on the electrifying novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the musical tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in chic restaurants, exclusive clubs, and designer labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a darker indulgence, and his mask of sanity is starting to slip…
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Reviews

"So smooth, so rich, so ruthless. A carnal carnival of song and dance" - The New York Times

"American Psycho slays onstage! Wonderful! Graphic sex acts, torturing, stabbing, slashing, axe-wielding, snorting coke off toilets and a marvelous score." - The Associated Press, Read More

"Sheik's super-smart original songs match up with the show's emphasis on the superficial, materialistic pursuits of the era." - Variety, Read More

“So smooth, so rich, so ruthless. A carnal carnival of song and dance.” - The New York Times

Videos

  • Look Inside American Psycho on Broadway
  • Selling Out feat. Benjamin Walker
  • Helene Yorke and Company Sing 'You Are What You Wear'
  • Duncan Sheik On "American Psycho: The Musical"
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Keywords

Betrayal, Business, Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: 1989. NYC. Various locations, suggested minimally. The musical moves fluidly, cinematically and theatrically. No transition's boring. Everything is driven by music.

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Opening (Morning Routine)
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Cards
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You Are What You Wear
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Killing Time
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Hardbody
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If We Get Married
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Not A Common Man
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Mistletoe
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Clean
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Killing Spree
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Nice Thought
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At The End Of An Island
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I Am Back
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A Girl Before
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This Is Not An Exit
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Casting

8m, 8f
PATRICK BATEMAN
SVETLANA, a Russian Dry Cleaner
VIDEO STORE CLERK
JEAN, Patrick’s secretary
TIMOTHY PRICE, Patrick’s best friend
CRAIG McDERMOTT, co-worker, one of the foursome
DAVID VAN PATTEN, co-worker, one of the foursome
LUIS CARRUTHERS, co-worker, dating Courtney
HARDBODY WAITRESS
PAUL OWEN
EVELYN WILLIAMS, Patrick’s girlfriend
COURTNEY LAWRENCE, dating Luis
SEAN, Patrick’s brother
MRS. BATEMAN, Patrick’s mother
VANDEN, club kid who sings at Tunnel
HARDBODY BARTENDER
HOMELESS MAN
HARDBODY TRAINER

CHRISTINE, a prostitute
SABRINA, another prostitute
LLOYD, Patrick’s doorman
TOM CRUISE, the actor
DETECTIVE DONALD KIMBALL
VICTORIA, one of Patrick’s neighbors
MRS. WOLFE, a real estate agent
ENSEMBLE, Male Wall Street-types and Female Hardbodies
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. His plays include: Doctor Cerberus (South Coast Rep, LA Theatre Works), The Picture of Dorian Grey (Roundhouse Theatre), King of Shadows (The Working Theatre), Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf, 2econd Stage Theatre, the O’Neill), Based on a Totally True S ...

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Duncan Sheik

Theatre credits include SPRING AWAKENING (2006), Tony Awards for Best Orchestrations and Best Original Score, 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album; BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE (Delaware Theatre Company, Dec. 2013); WHISPER HOUSE (Old Globe, 2011); ALICE BY HEART (in development); NERO (Another Golden Rome)(in develo ...

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American Psycho premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London in December 2013 and ran until February 1st 2014.
The show opened on Broadway on April 21, 2016 and closed on June 05, 2016 after 27 previews and 54 regular performances.

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