Composer Duncan Sheik Gives New Information About American Psycho: The Musical

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It’s been a while since we first heard rumors about Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel American Psycho taking its newest (and most unexpected) form as a musical, but Gothamist reports today that Duncan Sheik—who won two Tonys for his musical contributions to the 2006 Broadway revival of Spring Awakening—has released some information about the songs for this musical tale of murder and investment banking.

Sheik mostly listed a few song titles, including “This Is Not An Exit,” “Cards” and the sartorial “You Are What You Wear,“ but continued to say that the music would be entirely electronic. This closely follows the vision Ellis had for the musical adaptation of his most famous novel when he told the A/V Club in 2009, “ It’s like a multimedia rave situation… not like a straight-ahead Broadway musical with guys in Armani suits doing jazz hands.”

Sheik said that the soundtrack will also feature cover songs “that are referred to in the book directly or would have been ubiquitous in the cultural moment.” (We all remember Christian Bale showing off Patrick Bateman’s awesomely 80s CD collection in the 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho.)

The book for American Psycho: The Musical was penned by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also wrote Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and the production will be directed by British theater veteran Rupert Goold. It’s set to open in London later this year, but no specific dates have been announced.

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