Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 famed novel American Psycho and the 2000 film of the same name, American Psycho – The Musical is a chilling yet wickedly comedic insight into a society driven by capitalism, self-image and wealth. The production returns after a successful season at the Hayes Theatre Co. in 2019 that earned the musical nine Sydney Theatre Awards.
Starring Ben Gerrard, the pitch black, social satire tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome member of Manhattan’s elite who indulges in sadistic sex and murder. They keep the high life rolling from meetings to restaurants to drug-fuelled clubs with Rolexes at the ready, business cards within reach, and bloody mayhem that’s about to boil over…
A cult classic, based on a chilling novel and film, comes to life as a musical thriller in American Psycho. Biting commentary and razor sharp wit reflect a society where image is everything, capitalism and competition reign supreme, and killer fashion is the ultimate currency.
With a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and featuring classic ‘80s 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.
“As the insatiable appetite for crime content remains a fixture of our cultural zeitgeist, American Psycho – The Musical is perfect for audiences looking to be thrilled,” said Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Ebony Bott.
“Reimagined through the discerning lens of Alexander Berlage, this dark comedy speaks of power, privilege, narcissism and greed, and encourages us to reflect on whether this darkness exists both within ourselves and the world around us.”
American Psycho – The Musical boasts an impressive Australian creative team comprising Director Alexander Berlage (Cry Baby), Musical Director Andrew Worboys (RENT, 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).
American Psycho – The Musical
Playhouse – Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Season: 3 – 27 June 2021
Information and Bookings: www.sydneyoperahouse.com
Image: Ben Gerrard stars in American Psycho – The Musical – photo by Clare Hawley