Countless fans of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho novel and its cinematic counterpart will be thrilled to learn that the great Patrick Bateman shall appear in his own Broadway show. At this very moment, composer Duncan Sheik (that name rings a few bells) and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are hard at work finishing the script’s full draft. According to the New York Post, “American Psycho: The Musical” will be a very bloody affair:
“There are murders, and they are on stage in full view of the audience,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “An ax and a chef’s knife will be used. I think there’s going to be a lot of blood.”
Giving The Post an exclusive peek at the play, Aguirre-Sacasa listed a few scenes from the novel that he hopes to include:
* Bateman lures business associate Paul Owen back to his Manhattan apartment. Bateman puts on a raincoat so his designer suit doesn’t get bloody and hacks up Owen with an ax.
* He bumps into “Tom Cruise” in the elevator of the Upper West Side building where they both live. Bateman refers to Cruise’s film “Cocktail” as “Bartender.” Cruise corrects him and points out that his nose is bleeding.
* Bateman and his yuppie friends compare business cards at a swanky Upper East Side restaurant. Noting his peers’ classier cards, Bateman becomes so jealous he finds it hard to breathe.
Since this is a new Broadway show and they’ve not even begun the casting process, here’s an official vote for Patrick Bateman to be played by Miles Fisher (let’s face it — the man can sing and act), who recently performed a most excellent American Psycho homage. Also, I do believe the part of “Tom Cruise” would be best portrayed by the Poison Dwarf himself — it would bring a nice symmetry to the fact that Christian Bale used Cruise as an inspirational role model for the movie. Now, I have to return some videotapes.