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American Psycho The Musical

A blood-spattered musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' famed novel hits Aussie stages for the first time.
By Matt Abotomey
December 03, 2018
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American Psycho The Musical

A blood-spattered musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' famed novel hits Aussie stages for the first time.
By Matt Abotomey
December 03, 2018
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See this preview? It's pale nimbus with raised lettering. The font? Something called Silian Rail. Now let's see Paul Allen's. No time — Huey Lewis and the News just came on. *dances around, throwing blood into the crowd*

The last few years have been so replete with wildly improbably events that it's getting hard to find anything worth raising an eyebrow for. But the news that American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis' subversive and initially banned novel of bankers and blood rages in the 80s has been adapted into a musical, has had us trying to wrestle our brows down from our hairlines for days now.

That's right, Les Miserables and Ellis' protagonist, Patrick Bateman, now have more in common than a passing interest in decapitation. But while the former has had its fair share of Australian seasons, the latter is gearing up for his first, under director Alexander Berlage.

Potts Point's Hayes Theatre Co will be the first to unleash Bateman (Ben Gerrard), a detached, murderous businessman onto Australian audiences in May next year. Having already completed bloody seasons on Broadway and at the West End, the show is billed by librettist Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa as a dark sibling to the wildly successful Hamilton.

American Psycho The Musical may have the same disdain for excess that you do, but it has a slightly better haircut. Make sure you return those video tapes before booking.

American Psycho The Musical has sessions at 7.30pm Tuesday–Saturday and 2pm matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.

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