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Killer Tracks

Depravity gets the la-di-da treatment with a musical version of American Psycho


There have been a few odd subjects for musicals over the years: Charles Darwin, Jerry Springer, Barack Obama. We’ve had musical adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In February, a musical version of The Bridges of Madison County debuts on Broadway, while a Tim Rice version of From Here to Eternity has opened in London. Where will it end?

The Almeida Theatre may have found the answer to that question. This month, the trendy north London venue debuts the musical version of American Psycho, based on the grisly 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis (and the 2000 movie starring Christian Bale).

The story’s serial killer, Patrick Bateman, will be played by “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith, while Duncan Sheik (he of the aptly named 1996 single “Barely Breathing”) writes the songs. It’s hard to imagine how they’ll shoehorn the depraved antics of Bateman into lyrical form, but we do know that Ellis’ character is a fan of Huey Lewis & the News, and that the production will have “an ’80s feel.” It seems reasonable to assume, then, that we’ll get a variation or two on the Huey Lewis oeuvre—say, “The Heart of Rock & Roll Is Still Beating (Which Is More Than Can Be Said for Yours).” (Dec. 14)

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