Published on February 19th, 2020 | by Alex Novus
American Psycho – The Musical
American Psycho – The Musical, a dangerously funny adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ best-selling novel and the 2000 cult film of the same name will have its Melbourne premiere at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from 21 – 31 May, 2020.
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.
With the book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and featuring classic 80’s hits from Phil Collins, Tears for Fears, New Order and Huey Lewis and the News, American Psycho – The Musical is both cult-classic and crime thriller.
American Psycho – The Musical boasts an impressive Australian creative team comprising of the 2020 Sydney Theatre Award Winner for Best Director of a Musical 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). This musical is produced by BB Arts Entertainment & Two Doors Productions and presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
This production comes to Melbourne after recently winning a staggering nine Sydney Theatre Awards, including Best Independent Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Alexander Berlage) and for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Ben Gerrard). It comes to Melbourne following a sold out Australian premiere season at the Hayes Theatre, Sydney in May 2019. The 2020 tour includes performances at the Sydney Opera House and Canberra Theatre Centre.
CAST & CREATIVE
Cast: Ben Gerrard, Daniel Assetta, Angelique Cassimatis, Shannon Dooley, Amy Hack, Mark Hill, Julian Kuo, Kristina McNamara, Laura Murphy, Liam Nunan & Jason Winston
Director: Alexander Berlage
Choreographer: Yvette Lee
Musical Director: Andrew Worboys
Set Designer: Isabel Hudson
Costume Designer: Mason Browne
Sound Designer: Nick Walker
Lighting Associate: James Wallis
Producers: Bradley Barrack & Spencer Bignell
Production Manager: Marcus Kelson
Assistant Stage Manager: Brooke Verburg
Sound Operator: Anthony Lorenz
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Slick, sexy and highly disturbing.” The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★ “A stunning production that thrills and chills.” Limelight
Arts Centre Melbourne presents
American Psycho – The Musical
Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Music and Lyrics by Tony Award-winning Duncan Sheik
Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis
21 – 31 May, 2020
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
Tickets on sale Wednesday 26 February, 10am
Join the waitlist or book at artscentremelbourne.com.au