New in 2016 Direct from a highly acclaimed, sold-out run in London, "American Psycho" brings its designer brand of style, sex and synthesizers to Broadway.
The Broadway production of American Psycho closed June 5, 2016. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
From the producers: Set in the excess of 1980s Manhattan, "American Psycho" tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker who pursues his darkest American dreams. Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in exclusive restaurants, hot clubs and luxury labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a more sinful indulgence, and his mask of sanity is starting to slip...
Audience Note: This production contains strobe lighting effects.
The dark pop musical has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," "Good Boys and True," TV's "Glee" and "Looking,"), with music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony winner Duncan Sheik ("Spring Awakening"). Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel was previously adapted for the screen in 2000, starring Christian Bale.
The London premiere of the musical featured BAFTA Award-nominated "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith as serial killer Patrick Bateman. Benjamin Walker, who starred in the title role of Broadway's "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," protrays Bateman in the Broadway production.
If you can resign yourself to the story's innate ambiguity, you're in for a perversely enjoyable experience. Sheik's bizarrely catchy, entirely electronic score [is] far from the usual Broadway fare. "AP" has gotten a lot bloodier. It's also gotten a lot slicker, sharper, faster, and funnier.
Gloriously gory...a darkly wonderful adaptation. Walker manages to make his Bateman charming, evil and funny. Aguirre-Sacasa's story stays true to the novel but he has fun looking back at 1989 with forward-looking jokes. Sheik's electronic- and choral-based score is marvelously varied.
[A] sleek, energized production... [with] Sheik's smart, 1980s-pastiche score and the wit and charm of leading man Walker...[but] while heartless flash might be the perfect style for depicting the empty '80s, it doesn't make for a very fulfilling 2 1/2 hours in the theater.
New York Daily News
Wicked wit, catchy ear candy and [a] sexy cast...[the] staging boasts signature flash and style. The pace and interest slacken in the second act. Through it all, handsome, hardbodied Walker hits all the right notes, seemingly without effort.
New York Magazine
The structure and tone are a lazy mess...songs with no profile and thus no weight in the storytelling, however pretty the melodies may be. Patrick Bateman, though played with unnerving verve by Walker, is a cipher who never develops. He's thus a bore.
New York Post
The second act flags, but the score is strong, incorporating snippets from '80s hits. Sheik's synthesizer-heavy music doesn't really need them to summon that era...he finally delivers a worthy follow-up. A comic "American Psycho" you can dance to? Somehow, it works.
New York Times
A mess...because of its terminally undecided tone. Its conflicts of intention cancel one another out, leaving you numb. [It] treats its inhabitants as shrill cartoons and sculpted sides of meat. Mostly, this psycho is neither scary nor sexy, nor is the show in which he appears.
Alternately dazzling and dull...pummeled between witty ingenuity and flabby repetitions in what desperately wants to be both high-camp beefcake and an audacious Wall Street satire. But then, in the middle is Walker, [giving] a wonderful performance of an awful guy.
Scarier and more thrilling than ever...[with a] razor-sharp libretto...directed with gale force and fabulous style. [The] book delivers humor and horror with breathless punch. Walker's witty, terrifying Patrick - disturbingly sexy, then unexpectedly moving - holds us rapt throughout.