American Psycho Musical to Premiere at Hayes
Producers BB-Arts Entertainment and Two Doors Productions join forces with Hayes Theatre Co to present the Australian premiere of AMERICAN PSYCHO - THE MUSICAL. Based on the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, which also inspired the 2000 film starring Christian Bale, the musical will have its Australian Premiere at the Hayes Theatre Co from 10 May 2019.
AMERICAN PSYCHO - THE MUSICAL tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young, handsome and wealthy investment banker living in the epicentre of excess, Manhattan, NYC, during the Wall Street boom of the late 1980s. With impeccable taste and unquenchable desires, Patrick, our unreliable narrator, and his elite group of friends spend their days in designer labels in chic restaurants and exclusive clubs. But at night, Patrick takes part in a darker indulgence, and his glamorous facade of sanity starts to slip...
With a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale) and 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 a pitch black comedy about what it means to be alive in the world we live in.
“I guess in a way, we are sort of a photo negative of Hamilton, the anti- American dream... Instead of the birth of the nation, it’s the death of the nation....” - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Leading the spree of murders and executions for this production is director of the Hayes sell-out smash hit Cry-Baby, Alexander Berlage, who says of the show, “In a #sponsored, #instafamous and #fitspo saturated world where a narcissistic man accused of multiple accounts of sexual misconduct can so easily become the ‘leader of the free world’, it is shocking just how relevant American Psycho is to us now. American Psycho holds up a mirror to show how blind-sided we have become in our obsession with self-image. In a world of selfies and hashtags, is anything actually authentic or is everything just strategy and facade?”
Berlage continues, “I am both thrilled and utterly terrified to be directing the Australian premiere of American Psycho -The Musical at the Hayes next year. It is an incredibly dark social satire with a damning critique of toxic masculinity and the cultural consequences of contemporary capitalism.”
AMERICAN PSYCHO - THE MUSICAL
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Produced by BB-Arts Entertainment & Two Doors Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Music and Lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Alexander Berlage
Musical Director Dominic Woodhead
Set Designer Isabel Hudson
Costume Designer Mason Browne
Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point Performances from 14 June 2019
Tues- Fri 7.30pm | Sat 2pm and 7.30pm | Sunday 2pm $65 Adult, $55 Concession, Previews $60/$50 hayestheatre.com.au | (02) 8065 7337