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American Psycho musical in talks to return to London

American Psycho at the Almeida in 2013. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Composer Duncan Sheik has revealed that he is in talks to bring his musical adaptation of American Psycho back to London.

Sheik, whose theatre writing credits also include Spring Awakening, premiered American Psycho – The Musical at London’s Almeida Theatre in 2013.

Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the musical has music and lyrics by Sheik and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

It later transferred to Broadway, where it ran at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for just two and a half months in 2016.

In an interview with The Stage, Sheik said the show’s short-lived New York run had been overshadowed by the opening of Hamilton, but that he had plans to bring it back to the UK.

“I think we’d be a bigger part of the conversation if we were on now instead of last year. Not that we’d have necessarily won more awards, but because American Psycho is a critique of late-capitalism and the Trumpian ethos,” Sheik said.

He added that he had recently met with Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold, who directed American Psycho in both London and New York.

“We’re hatching plans to bring it back to London, knock on wood. It’s not dead yet,” Sheik said.

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