Drama Doodles: American Psycho makes its killer Broadway opening

American Psycho makes its bloody Broadway premiere tonight, April 21, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

The musical, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, stars Benjamin Walker as a young, wealthy, good-looking Wall Street investment banker who doubles as a serial killer in his spare time. The show, directed by Rupert Goold with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, allows audiences to look into Bateman’s thoughts as well as his daily life.

Don’t be fooled by the dark material, however – American Psycho is frequently laugh-out-loud funny. In addition to being the story of a disturbed killer, it is also a satirical look at the society in which we live. As cast member Anthony Sagaria puts it, ‘We all have a little bit of Patrick Bateman in us.’

Featuring an abundance of blood, an EDM-style score, and a psychopathic protagonist, it’s safe to say there’s never been anything quite like American Psycho on Broadway before. With so many shows changing the face of theatre recently, it seems to be the perfect time for a show like this to make its premiere.

The musical also features Jennifer Damiano, Alice Ripley, Heléne York, Theo Stockman, and an ensemble that has been lauded as the hottest cast on Broadway. The Broadway production has already racked up several Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations.

In a Doodle created especially for opening night, cartoonist Courtney Powitz captures the persona of Patrick Bateman: Walkman, axe, and all.

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