Opened: April 21, 2016
Book by: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Music & Lyrics by: Duncan Sheik
Original Broadway Cast: Benjamin Walker, Heléne Yorke, Jennifer Damiano, Drew Moerlein, Alice Ripley, Krystina Alabado, Dave Thomas Brown, Jordan Dean, Anna Eilinsfeld, Jason Hite, Ericka Hunter, Holly James, Keith Randolph Smith, Theo Stockman, Alex Michael Stoll & Morgan Weed
Based off the Bret Easton Ellis novel and Christian Bale-led film, American Psycho feels like it’s trying too hard to be cool or become a cult hit rather than just presenting the material straight out.
Patrick Bateman (Benjamin Walker) is a meticulous investment banker who is trying to rise to the top. However, he is obsessed with murders and becomes a serial killer himself starting with the death of his colleague Paul Owen (Drew Moerlein).
The music is true to the time period of the show and combines both original numbers with hit songs, but none of them seem to blend with the storyline just right. It seems as if the show would’ve been better off had it just been left as a straight play rather than a musical.
Final say: The creepiness just isn’t felt here. ★★☆☆☆