Alice Ripley announced to star in American Psycho


Further casting has been announced for the Broadway premiere of the musical adaptation of American Psycho which will run at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre from 24 March 2016, with an opening night yet to be confirmed. The eligibility cut-off date for the 70th Annual Tony Awards, however, is 26 April 2016.

Joining the previously announced Benjamin Walker who stars as 'Patrick Bateman' will be Alice Ripley (Patrick’s Mother/Mrs. Wolfe), Jennifer Damiano (Jean) and Helene Yorke (Evelyn Williams), with further casting to be announced.

Directed by Rupert Goold and choreographed by Lynne Page, American Psycho features a book by Roberto Aguire-Sacasa with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, and is based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis.

Synopsis: "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."

Alice Ripley and Jennifer Damiano will reunite onstage following their roles in the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Next To Normal', for which Ripley also won the Tony Award.

American Psycho is produced on Broadway by Act 4 Entertainment (David Johnson & Jesse Singer), Jeffrey Richards, and Jerry Frankel in cooperation with Edward R. Pressman.

Rupert Goold also directed the London premiere at the Almeida Theatre in 2013, where 'Dr Who' star Matt Smith starred as protagonist Patrick Bateman.

Bret Easton Ellis' novel was first published in 1991, and was made into a successful film in 2000 starring Christian Bale. The musical version opened at London's Almeida Theatre to a sell out run and mixed-to-positive reviews. Directed by Artistic Director of the Almeida, Rupert Goold, the production was part funded by a Kickstarter campaign, giving members of the public an opportunity to financially back the musical.

- by Dom O'Hanlon

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