‘American Psycho’ goes to Broadway

Melbourne: ‘American Psycho’ a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, which was adapted into a movie starring actor Christian Bale, is now set to be made into a Broadway musical.

‘American Psycho: The Musical’ is a story about Patrick Bateman, a fictional Wall Street banker who is obsessed with designer clothes, Phil Collins, rape and murder.

The musical has been in development since 2008 after producers David Johnson, Jesse Singer, Nate Bolotin and Aaron Ray bought the rights to adapt the 1991 novel.

“Think about Malcolm McDowell singing songs during ‘A Clockwork Orange’. He sang ‘Singing in the Rain’,” the Herald Sun quoted Duncan Sheik, the new show’s composer, comparing his musical to a brutal attack scene in the 1971 film.

Sheik, who won a Grammy and two Tonys for writing the songs in the Broadway hit ‘Spring Awakening’, and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa signed on in February and have completed the first act, with a full draft expected by early next year.

“There are murders, and they are on stage in full view of the audience,” Aguirre-Sacasa said.

“An axe and a chef’s knife will be used. I think there’s going to be a lot of blood,” he stated.