When I first heard this news, part of me cringed. This is maybe because I’m not a big fan of musicals, or just the fact that it just sounds kind of ridiculous. Then the other part, the part that allows for imagination, started to think of the capacity for the awesomeness that an American Psycho Broadway performance could really turn out to be.
Cinematical reports that three companies, The Johnson-Roessler Company, The Collective and XYZ Films, have all partnered up to produce a live stage version of the film American Psycho. American Psycho started out as a very successful novel by Bret Easton Ellis. The story took a hard look at the 80’s scene in all its drug filled, money obsessed, narcissistic glory. The main character, Patrick Bateman, is a successful executive who just snaps and exposes his ugly murderous alter ego. Wielding a chainsaw, Bateman builds a small body count to the rhythm of Huey Lewis. So why would this work as a musical?
Think about it, it wasn’t too long ago that a murderous barber on Fleet street captured the imaginations of theater goers. I can see it in my head now – a blood spattered line dance of Patrick Batemans, leg kicking with chainsaws in hand to the sounds of “Hip to Be Square.” What about that doesn’t strike you as intriguing? If you have never read the novel, it actually has a lot of deep meaning that could be explored a bit more with a stage performance than it could ever with a film.
There is no news yet as to who will be filling Christian Bale’s shoes as Patrick Bateman. There is no reason to not think that Bale couldn’t do it himself though, the guy can actually sing and dance if you have never seen Newsies or Swing Kids. So I guess the question would be, if not Bale… who could you see as Patrick Bateman?