‘AMERICAN PSYCHO’ ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE REWARDS PRE-SALE BEGINS MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH

AMERICAN PSYCHO

THE AMERICAN PREMIERE OF A MUSICAL

BY DUNCAN SHEIK
AND
ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA

DIRECTED BY RUPERT GOOLD

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY BRET EASTON ELLIS

STARRING BENJAMIN WALKER AS PATRICK BATEMAN

AUDIENCE REWARDS PRE-SALE
BEGINS MONDAY, OCTOBER  19TH

PERFORMANCES BEGIN THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016
AT THE GERALD SCHOENFELD THEATRE (236 W. 45TH STREET)

(New York, NY; October 16, 2015) The producers of the American premiere of AMERICAN PSYCHO announce that tickets will go on sale exclusively to Audience Rewards® members this coming Monday, October 19th. The pre-sale allows members of the rewards program an opportunity to purchase full price tickets to AMERICAN PSYCHO from Monday, October 19th – Thursday, October 22nd, before tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 23rd.

Directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III, Macbeth), AMERICAN PSYCHO has music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik, making this his first new show to come to Broadway since his Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening. The show has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, ”Glee”) and is based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Lynne Page (La Cage Aux Folles, A Little Night Music) is the choreographer. The production will star Benjamin Walker (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Patrick Bateman.

Presented on Broadway by Act 4 Entertainment (David Johnson & Jesse Singer) and Jeffrey Richards, in cooperation with Edward R. Pressman, AMERICAN PSYCHO will begin performances on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). The Opening date and additional casting will be announced shortly.

Living the high life in 1980s Manhattan, Patrick Bateman has it all – looks, money, style and status. He and his entourage buy the most expensive designer clothes, eat at the most exclusive restaurants and party at the hottest clubs. But privately, Patrick indulges in another kind of transgression. And people – including those closest to him – keep disappearing. 


Audience Rewards® is a rewards program created specifically for loyal patrons of the performing arts. The program is a free benefit to consumers which allows them to earn and redeem ShowPoints for unique theater experiences, merchandise and gain inside access to performing arts information, special services and member events. The official website, www.AudienceRewards.com, serves as an online resource for Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Touring Shows, Opera and other live entertainment events. It features links to authorized ticketing agencies, performance schedules, participating venue information, special offers, point earning partners, event calendars, and lets members check their point balance and browse the performing arts award catalogue.

The AMERICAN PSYCHO Audience Rewards pre-sale allows members an exclusive opportunity to purchase full price tickets to the musical from Monday, October 19th – Thursday, October 22nd (tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 23rd). Members will receive the following points for ticket purchases: 2000 Bonus Points for tickets $135 and up, for Monday – Friday performances; and 1000 Bonus Points for tickets $140 and up, for Saturday – Sunday performances.

AMERICAN PSYCHO had its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London from December 3rd, 2013 through February 1st, 2014. That sold-out production was presented by The Almeida Theatre and Headlong in association with Act 4 Entertainment (David Johnson & Jesse Singer).

 

Biographies:

BENJAMIN WALKER (Patrick Bateman) can next be seen opposite Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario in Paramount’s The Moon and The Sun, based on the popular young adult novel of the same name.  Additionally, Ben just completed shooting the male lead in the independent feature from New Regency and Locomotive Media Look Away opposite Aidan Turner, Matthew Broderick, Chloe Sevigny and newcomer Shannon Tarbet.  This December, he stars alongside Chris Hemsworth in Ron Howard’s adaptation of In The Heart of The Sea. Benjamin will also be seen as the male lead in The Choice, an adaptation of the successful novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, which will be released in February 2016 by Lions Gate.  Some of his other previous film credits include appearing in the Clint Eastwood directed Flags Of Our Fathers, the Bill Condon directed Kinsey, the title role in Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, produced by Tim Burton, and the Emmy-nominated HBO film Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight directed by Stephen Frears.  Benjamin is perhaps best known from his critically acclaimed performance on Broadway as the title character in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Benjamin’s extensive theater credits include: the Broadway revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof alongside Scarlett Johannson and directed by Rob Ashford, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway directed by Rufus Norris and co-starring Laura Linney, and Inherit The Wind on Broadway opposite Brian Dennehy and Christopher Plummer, directed by Doug Hughes. He also co-starred in Arrangements Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Company, directed by Christian Parker.   Raised in Cartersville, Georgia, Benjamin is a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and the Interlochen Arts Academy.  He currently resides in New York where he produces and hosts a monthly comedy variety show called “Find the Funny” at Joe’s Pub. 

DUNCAN SHEIK (Music & Lyrics) was awarded the 2007 Tony Awards for Best Orchestrations and Best Original Score, and the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for Spring Awakening, which won a total of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical. His other work for the stage includes Because of Winn Dixie (Arkansas Repertory Theater); The Nightingale (La Jolla Playhouse); Alice By Heart (London’s National Theatre); Whisper House (Old Globe Theatre); Nero (Another Golden Rome) (Powerhouse Theatre); and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Classic Stage Company). Film scores include The Cake Eaters; Little Spirit and Harvest. As a solo recording artist, Sheik’s self-titled debut on Atlantic Records spent 52 weeks on the Billboard 200 and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Vocal and was Certified Gold by the RIAA. Sheik’s other albums include Humming; Phantom Moon; Daylight; White Limousine and Legerdemain.

ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA (Book) is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, comic book and television writer.  He is the co-book writer of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. His plays, including Abigail/1702 (New York Stage and Film/Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park/City Theatre, Pittsburgh); Doctor Cerberus (South Coast Repertory/LA Theatreworks, California); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Roundhouse Theatre, Maryland); King of Shadows (Working Theatre, New York); Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Second Stage Theatre, New York); Based on a Totally True Story (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Mystery Plays (Second Stage Theatre/Yale Repertory Theatre); The Velvet Sky (Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington D.C.); The Muckle Man (City Theatre); Dark Matters (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, New York); Rough Magic (Hangar Theatre, New York); The Weird (Dad’s Garage Theatre, Atlanta); It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s SUPERMAN (Dallas Theatre Center). He is the Chief Creative Officer for Archie Comics, for which he writes the horror hit Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Additionally, he has written for the HBO series “Big Love,” the Fox hit “Glee,” and HBO’s “Looking." His film work includes Carrie and The Town that Dreaded Sundown, both for MGM. Roberto is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. He was the recipient of the 2009 Horizon Award from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.

BRET EASTON ELLIS (Novelist). Bret’s original novel American Psycho was published in 1991. He has written seven novels including Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, Glamorama, and Lunar Park. His works have been translated into twenty-seven languages. American Psycho, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, and The Informers, a collection of short stories, have all been made into films. This is the first time any of his novels have been adapted for the stage.

RUPERT GOOLD (Director) is the Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre. He was previously artistic director of Headlong, associate director at the RSC and artistic director of Northampton Theatres. Theatrical credits include: King Charles III (Almeida/West End); Made in Dagenham (West End); The Merchant of Venice (RSC/Almeida); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida); The Effect and Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National Theatre); Time and the Conways (National Theatre); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Three Sixty/Kensington Gardens); Romeo and Juliet; The Tempest;and Speaking Like Magpies (RSC); Enron (Headlong/Chichester Festival Theatre/Royal Court/West End/Broadway); Oliver!; The Glass Menagerie; Art; Speed-the-Plow (West End); King Lear (Liverpool Everyman/Young Vic); No Man’s Land (Gate Theatre, Dublin/West End); Six Characters in Search of an Author (Chichester Festival Theatre/Bristol Old Vic/West End); Macbeth (BAM/Broadway/Chichester Festival Theatre/West End); Faustus (Headlong); Hamlet; Summer Lightning; Insignificance; Paradise Lost; Waiting for Godot; The Weir and Betrayal (Northampton Theatre Royal/Greenwich); Othello (Northampton Theatre Royal/Greenwich Theatre); Restoration; Paradise Lost (Headlong); Scaramouche (Salisbury Playhouse/Australia, New Zealand, Canada Tour); The Wind in the Willows; On Thee We Feed (English National Opera); Privates on Parade (New Vic); Gone to LA (Hampstead); Broken Glass (Watford Palace Theatre); Habeas Corpus; Summer Lighting; Dancing at Lughnasa (Salisbury Playhouse); The Colonel Bird  (Gate); Brand (NT Studio); Romeo and Juliet (Greenwich); The End of the Affair (Bridewell);  Film credits include: True Story, Richard II, and Macbeth.

LYNNE PAGE (Choreographer) is a choreographer who works in FilmTV, MusicMusicals, Plays and Opera. Theatre credits include: Oh What a Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East); American Psycho (Almeida & Headlong); Viva Forever! (West End); Company (Sheffield Theatres); My Fair Lady (Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg); The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre), My Fair Lady (Théâtre du Châtelet Paris); La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End and Broadway – 2009 What’s On Stage Award, Olivier Award Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination, Tony Award Nomination); A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End and Broadway); Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (West End); Never So Good, The Merchant of Venice (National theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End & Tour); Bad Girls The Musical, Blonde Bombshells of 1943 (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Assassins (Crucible, Sheffield); There Came a Gypsy Riding, The Late Henry Moss (Almeida); Fabulation (Tricycle Theatre); Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC); Bat Boy- The Musical (West End); Tell Me On a Sunday (West End); and Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour).

For more information, visit AMERICAN PSYCHO online at:

www.americanpsychobroadway.com