We’re huge fans of any Kickstarter that will help bring something awesome to life in London, but this one is so darn exciting we could squeal. Bret Easton Ellis and a crew of arty theatre types have developed the musical version of his cult novel, American Psycho, which is due to premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre in December. The not-for-profit production has been adapted for stage by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and is directed by Rupert Goold (ENRON), with music by Duncan Sheik (Broadway’s Spring Awakening). Which, as you can hear in the video, channels the spiky 80s synth-pop of Bateman’s era and sounds appropriately intense.
But they need dosh. Lots of it. After all, Patrick Bateman didn’t swan around in Primarni suits now, did he? As well as sharp tailoring, they need to fund a live band and enough production costs to give the musical the razor-sharp edge it needs. The Kickstarter is offering a range of tempting rewards which vary depending on the size of your donation An ice-cool 1GB ‘Patrick Bateman’ business card, pre-loaded with Sheik’s track ‘You Are What You Wear’ (featured in the video) and two other demos from the musical could be yours, or you might prefer exclusively-designed T-shirts, posters, signed copies of the book and behind-the-scenes tours. Frankly, we want all of it.
At time of writing, American Psycho The Musical’s Kickstarter campaign has 1,007 backers and has reached $133,563 of its $150,000 goal, with just 41 hours left to go. Find out more about the American Psycho Kickstarter campaign.