Any fan of the novel American Psycho and its 2000 big screen counterpart knows that the music is as integral to the work as the murders. In both, Patrick Bateman, the gore-obsessed 1980s Wall Street executive, spends nearly as much time dissecting Whitney Houston and Genesis’ bodies of work as he does, um, dissecting bodies.
It makes sense, then, that the Great White Way would come calling. The New York Post has the goods on the American Psycho musical, which will combine the source material’s black and bloody satire with Broadway-styled numbers. The music is being penned by Duncan Sheik, the signer-songwriter behind the well-received Spring Awakening, and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is handling the book.
“There are murders, and they are on stage in full view of the audience,” Aguirre-Sacasa told the Post. “An ax and a chef’s knife will be used. I think there’s going to be a lot of blood.”
“Obviously, it’s not for the people who want to see ‘Elf,'” Sheik added.
With the soundtrack still in development, let’s ask Patrick Bateman which songs should be included. According to the film, Huey Lewis and the News “really came into their own, commercially and artistically,” with their album Sports, in 1983. “Hip to be Square,” on that album, is the band’s “undisputed masterpiece.” As for Whitney Houston, “‘The Greatest Love of All’ is one of the best, most powerful songs ever written about self-preservation and dignity.” And Genesis’ “Invisible Touch,” off their album Duke, is “an epic meditation on intangibility.”
And, of course, there’s plenty more advice where that came from. We’re so excited we’re breaking out our Oliver Peoples glasses and making reservations at Dorsia!