Tony Award-Winner Alice Ripley (Next To Normal)
Tony Award-Nominee Jennifer Damiano (Next To Normal)
And Heléne Yorke (Bullets Over Broadway)
Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson)
In The Cast Of
The American Premiere Of A Musical
AMERICAN PSYCHO proudly announces that Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Tony Award nominee Jennifer Damiano (Next to Normal) and Heléne Yorke (Bullets over Broadway, “Masters of Sex”) will join previously announced Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) in the cast of the highly-anticipated musical. Directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III), AMERICAN PSYCHO, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, has music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Duncan Sheik, a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (”Glee”) and choreography by Lynne Page (La Cage Aux Folles).
Presented by Act 4 Entertainment (David Johnson & Jesse Singer), Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, in cooperation with Edward R. Pressman, AMERICAN PSYCHO will begin performances on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). The opening date will be announced shortly.
Direct from a highly acclaimed, sold-out run in London, AMERICAN PSYCHO brings its designer brand of style, sex and synthesizers to Broadway. Set in the excess of 1980s Manhattan, AMERICAN PSYCHO tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker who pursues his darkest American dreams. Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in exclusive restaurants, hot clubs and luxury labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a more sinful indulgence, and his mask of sanity is starting to slip...
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).
For more information, and to listen to composer & lyricist Duncan Sheik perform select demo tracks from AMERICAN PSYCHO, visit www.americanpsychobroadway.com.
BENJAMIN WALKER (Patrick Bateman) can next be seen starring with Chris Hemsworth in Ron Howard’s epic adaptation of In The Heart of The Sea for Warner Bros. He then stars as the male lead in LionsGate’s romantic drama The Choice, an adaptation of the successful novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, which will be released in February 2016. Walker has also wrapped production as the star of the romantic period film The Moon and The Sun, based on the popular young adult novel of the same name. Currently, Walker is in production as the lead character in the independent drama film entitled “Shimmer Lake.” 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.
ALICE RIPLEY (Patrick’s Mother/Mrs. Wolfe) received the 2009 Best Actress in a Musical Tony and Helen Hayes Awards for her work in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of The Who's Tommy, and went on to star in the original Broadway casts of Sunset Boulevard, Side Show (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), James Joyce's The Dead, and The Rocky Horror Show. Ms. Ripley is also a songwriter, and she has produced three albums with her band, RIPLEY. She has starred in the feature films Muckland, SUGAR!, Bear With Us, The Way I Remember It and Isn’t It Delicious, and recently appeared on the small screen in “Blue Bloods,” “30 Rock,” and “Royal Pains.” (twitter/fb/instagram: @ripleytheband)
JENNIFER DAMIANO (Jean) received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the critically acclaimed Broadway production Next to Normal. She went on to star in the musical, Venice, at the Public Theatre, and as Mary Jane in the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, with music and lyrics by U2. At 15 years old, Jennifer made her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening and was the youngest member of the original cast. On screen, Jennifer can be seen in the independent features “Outliving Emily,” “Fourth Man Out,” and “The B-Side,” and she recently completed shooting the independent feature, “American Dresser,” directed by Carmine Cangialosi.
HELÉNE YORKE (Evelyn Williams) is currently shooting the new Epix show “Graves,” alongside Nick Nolte. She also recently recurred as “Jane” on the critically acclaimed Showtime series “Masters of Sex.” She can next be seen in the upcoming film The Night Before. Heléne has also performed on Broadway, most notably in Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, as well as Off- Broadway. Other TV credits include “Person of Interest” (CBS), “30 Rock” (NBC), “A Gifted Man” (CBS), “I Just Want My Pants Back” (MTV), and “Louie” (FX). She was also featured on the acclaimed web series “High Maintenance.” Heléne can be heard on “American Dad” (FOX), “Family Guy” (FOX), “Bojack Horseman” (NETFLIX), and “Robot Chicken” (Comedy Central).
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 forSpring 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: Medea (Almeida); The Iliad (Almeida); 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 Film, TV, Music, Musicals, 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).