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'American Psycho' musical coming to Broadway, Benjamin Walker to star

Benjamin Walker plays the insane serial killer in the new stage musical.

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American Psycho, Christian Bale
Kerry Hayes

After rumors and false starts, the stage musical adaptation of American Psycho is finally making a Broadway move official.

The stage version of Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel will begin performances at a to-be-named Shubert theater on Broadway on Feb. 19, 2016, in anticipation of a March 21 opening. The show features music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), with direction by Rupert Goold.

Benjamin Walker, best known to theater audiences as the titular president in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and to movie audiences as the titular president in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will play murderous investment banker Patrick Bateman, as was expected from industry insiders.

The production made its world premiere in London in 2013, with Doctor Who star Matt Smith in the leading role. The show had been scheduled to premiere in the States at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theater (with a Broadway run always on the horizon), but producers announced last fall that they would skip the Second Stage run and opted to take the show directly to Broadway.

American Psycho’s inclusion in the 2015-16 season brings the upcoming year’s already hefty new musical count to seven, with Hamilton, School of Rock, and Tuck Everlasting also making splashes on Broadway this season.