Tom Cruise Could Appear In The AMERICAN PSYCHO Musical. Yes, Musical.
The latest update on the AMERICAN PSYCHO musical reveals a possible cameo and ill-advisedly compares the show to A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.
You probably read about it a couple of years ago and thought it had fallen aside, but the American Psycho musical is still going forward. Full steam ahead, in fact, with Act I scripted and the rest of the show written by next year. In an effort to drum up some interest (and maybe funding), the writer and composer of the show talked to the New York Post about their plans.
“There are murders, and they are on stage in full view of the audience,” playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said. “An ax and a chef’s knife will be used. I think there’s going to be a lot of blood.”
The show’s composer, weenie rocker Duncan Sheik (who won a Grammy for composing Spring Awakening), compares the musical stylings to A Clockwork Orange. “Think about Malcolm McDowell singing songs during ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ He sang ‘Singing in the Rain,’ ” said Sheik.
I wonder why the show even needs a composer, to be honest - just do it like Rock of Ages, the show that tells a story using 80s hair metal. Hand pick the kinds of bad 80s music Patrick Bateman liked and use those as the show’s songs.
Aguirre-Sacasa seems to want to keep the show close to the book, and he told the Post some of the scenes he’s trying to include. My favorite, and the one I’d love to see done on stage:
[Bateman] 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.
This whole thing seems like a terrible idea, so of course I’m very excited for it.