Duncan Sheik Has Broadway Plans for AMERICAN PSYCHO Musical?
Headlong will return to The Almeida Theatre following the critically acclaimed 2008 co-production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. The collaboration will continue in autumn 2013 with a new co-production - the World Premiere of American Psycho, with book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. American Psycho will be directed by Rupert Goold and produced in association with David Johnson and Jesse Singer at Act 4 Entertainment.
Sheik recently chatted with Gothamist about what to expect from the new production. He revealed: "The idea of doing a score that's completely electronic, that's exciting to me. You're being progressive about the form, you know, rather than saying, 'Well people like listening to rock music now in the theater.' That's not so interesting to me... it's really important that you do new stuff. I want to attempt to do stuff that's moving it forward. As opposed to repeating a successful formula."
As for if the score will include covers, Sheik continued: "20 to 30% of the music will be what I'm referring to as cover songs, which are songs that are either referred to in the book directly, or would have been ubiquitous in that cultural moment. You know, Huey Lewis, Phil Collins..."
On whether it has a future on Broadway, he added: "One crosses one's fingers that it will come to New York."
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Headlong is one of the UK's leading theatre companies. Led by award-winning Artistic Director Rupert Goold, Headlong is dedicated to new ways of making theatre, collaborating with the most exciting and adventurous theatre artists in the country and providing them with the time, resources and creative support to allow them to make their most challenging work. Previous work include The Effect and Earthquakes in London at The National Theatre, DECADE at St Katharine Docks and the multi award-winning ENRON at the Royal Court, in the West End and on Broadway.