Dark musical 'American Psycho' feels the knife

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Posted: May 26, 2016 7:53 PM
Dark musical 'American Psycho' feels the knife

NEW YORK (AP) — The life of the Broadway musical "American Psycho" has been cut short, a victim of vicious box office numbers.

Producers of the adaptation of the novel by Bret Easton Ellis said Thursday the show will close June 5 after 81 performances. The musical struggled with attracting ticket sales and got only two technical Tony nominations.

It centers on an investment banker obsessed with high-end clothes and beauty products who slashes his way through yuppie 1989 Manhattan. The musical stars Benjamin Walker and was one of the darkest offerings in years.

Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, songwriter Duncan Sheik and director Rupert Goold imagined graphic sex acts, torturing, axe-wielding, orgies and bones cracking.

It never made more than $600,000 a week, with a potential haul of $1 million.


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