Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ iconic novel and the 2000 cult film of the same name, American Psycho‘s musical adaptation is finally headed to Melbourne in May 2020. To be performed in the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse theatre from 21 May 2020 until 31 May 2020, this will serve as the show’s Melbourne premiere, following its Australian debut in Sydney last year at Hayes Theatre. The wider 2020 tour will also see performances at Sydney Opera House and Canberra Theatre Centre.
Starring Ben Gerrard, the pitch black, social satire of a society driven by capitalism, self-image and wealth tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome investment banker and member of Manhattan’s elite who indulges in sadistic sex and murder. Living in epicentre of excess: Manhattan, NYC, during the Wall Street Boom of the late 1980s and with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires, Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in chic restaurants, exclusive clubs and designer labels.
Debuting in 2013 at the Almeida Theatre in London, American Psycho – The Musical features a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale) and music/lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening). Fitting with the 1980s setting, the show features hits of the era composed by the likes of Phil Collins, Tears for Fears, New Order and Huey Lewis and the News.
The Australian creative team consists of director Alexander Berlage (Cry-Baby), Musical Director Andrew Worboys (Sweet Charity, Assassins), Choreographer Yvette Lee (Moonshadow), recipient of multiple Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Set Design Isabel Hudson (Cry-Baby), Costume Designer Mason Browne (Cry-Baby), and Sound Designer Nicholas Walker (Assassins, Blood Brothers). American Psycho – The Musical is a co-production between BB Arts Entertainment and Two Doors Productions.
Want a sneak peek at what to expect? Find some official production imagery (supplied by Arts Centre Melbourne) below:
Photo Credit: Clare Hawley
Tickets for all currently confirmed performances will go on sale Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 10.00am via the Arts Centre Melbourne website. Tickets will set you back between $79.90 and $109.90 dependant on concession status and the date/time of your chosen performance.