Award Winning Quirky, Psycho Musical is Touring
May – July 2020
Following an acclaimed premiere season last year, American Psycho – The Musical has announced it will launch its 2020 encore tour starting at the Playhouse at the Arts Centre in Melbourne from 21 – 31 May June.
Sexy, dark and disturbing, the production is returning after a successful season at the Hayes Theatre Co. in 2019 that earned the musical nine 2020 Sydney Theatre Awards. In particular, Yvette Lee won the gong for Best Choreography of a Musical.
The production will then go on to play at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and the Canberra Theatre Centre.
Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 controversial best-selling 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.
Power. Privilege. Psychopathy. Meet Patrick Bateman, the man with it all; the Wall Street job, the raging ego and, of course, the secret serial murders. Step into his office as this pitch black comedy enters the deranged world of an original psycho killer.
Starring Ben Gerrard, this 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. 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.
Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Olivia Ansell, says: “Pairing razor-sharp satire with an 80’s pop score, American Psycho – The Musical is a thrilling revitalisation of a cult classic that explores power, privilege and narcissistic greed. This critically acclaimed pitch-black comedy, reinvented by Alexander Berlage and his team, will play the Sydney Opera House this winter. Join us for a dark and hilarious ride into the mind of Patrick Bateman.”
American Psycho – The Musical boasts an impressive Australian creative team comprising 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 is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
AMERICAN PSYCHO THE MUSICAL
Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne
May 21 – 31
Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
June 4 – 21
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong
June 24 – 27
Theatre Centre, Canberra
June 30 – July 4