AMERICAN PSYCHO: THE MUSICAL Promo Video, Kickstarter Launched
A Kickstarter campaign for the new stage adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's highly controversial and mega-successful AMERICAN PSYCHO has begun and the new musical's creative team joins Ellis in a new promotional video touting the serial killer-themed, 1980s-set musical.
Composer/lyricist Duncan Sheik, director Rupert Goold and bookwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa describe the impetus and ideas behind the show set to the synth sounds of Sheik's reportedly revolutionary new score for the project, which he described to me in detail in our extensive InDepth InterView last year.
On that note, check out my InDepth InterView with Duncan Sheik, where first news of the Almeida production of the musical was originally announced, here.
AMERICAN PSYCHO is scheduled to premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London this December, with its eyes set on Broadway following that should the Kickstarter campaign - and the show onstage itself, of course - prove to be a success.
The creators bill AMERICAN PSYCHO as such:
"AMERICAN PSYCHO paints the shocking, funny and unsettling portrait of Patrick Bateman, a 26-year-old Manhattan investment banker with a designer lifestyle and a twisted mind. The novel was originally published in 1991 and has remained a part of contemporary pop-culture ever since. In 2000, Lionsgate released the celebrated film version directed by Mary Harron and featuring Christian Bale in his star-turning performance.
A stage musical gives us the unique opportunity, through song, to go even deeper into the characters' psychologies than ever before. And what better character to investigate than one of modern literature's greatest and most enigmatic anti-heroes -- who also happens to be an avowedly passionate music-lover?
Our show remains faithful to Bret Easton Ellis' world and his satirical treatment of the materialism and greed in this era of late capitalism. Roberto, Duncan and Rupert traveled back to Patrick Bateman's New York City of synth-pop, haute cuisine, and killer style; they returned with a musical's worth of '80s-tinged tunes to reinvent AMERICAN PSYCHO in this thrilling new medium."
The creators are offering up a wide assortment of options to fans wishing to back the daring new musical theatre venture, from t-shirts to "Patrick Bateman's business cards" to CDs, signed copies of the book, opening night tickets and more.
After all, who wouldn't want a "That's A Very Fine Chardonnay You're Not Drinking" t-shirt?
Check out the Kickstarter page for AMERICAN PSYCHO here.
So, are you ready to see Patrick Bateman crank up his bloody chainsaw live onstage?
View the promotional video for AMERICAN PSYCHO below.