Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

American Psycho

From 827 member  reviews
Members say: Edgy, Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

About the show

The musical 'American Psycho' is based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel about a Wall Street banker set in the excess of 1980s Manhattan, and features music by Duncan Sheik. More…

'American Psycho' follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman: a sophisticated, rich and devastatingly handsome Wall Street banker in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a to-die-for apartment. 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.

2h 40m | Already closed | Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (827)

MEMBERS SAY:

Edgy, Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever
77
Avg Score

84
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You can laugh at the whole complete silliness of it all. It's a lot funnier than I expected.

Don't see it if You don't like 80's music.

77
Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if Saw this years ago, never reviewed it here. Ben Walker was very good. Brought me back to the 80s, fashion and sayings. Great directionandset

Don't see it if If you dont like vulgarity. If you like the book better. It's better then the movie for sure.graphic scenes.

71
Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Twisted

See it if you want a solid companion piece to the novel and film and you yearn for some 80's nostalgia.

Don't see it if morbidity and sociopathy are not your cup of tea.

81
Ny times review and unusual material may have killed psycho, which was an ambitious and mordantly funny exploration of the american psyche on the cusp of the 21st century

See it if /for outstanding dance, set/lighting and acting particularly lead Benjamin Walker; hilarious skewering of 1980s Wall St. narcissism/anomie

Don't see it if you don't enjoy forgettable music or ambiguous twist at end that is both mind-blowing and a cop-out; are not in to campy horror

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Original, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You love the book or movie, or are interested in darkly comic musicals that are different than traditional Broadway fare.

Don't see it if You can't stomach blood or murder, want fluffy fun, or disliked the movie.

58
Great staging, Quirky, Raunchy, Edgy, Unpleasant

See it if If you were in NYC in the 1990s you might enjoy the references. Staging & lighting are interesting & surprising. Acting is fine, topic not

Don't see it if You are offended by murder and don't want to see it occur on stage.

84
Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Raunchy, Original

See it if It immerses you in the NY lifestyle of the slick, stylish Wall Streeters of the 80"s..Their music, their fashion & their amorality.

Don't see it if If you don't like contemporary musicals with with non traditional plots. You are squeamish about violence and sexuality on stage.

87
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Original

See it if you want to see an original, quirky show that can leave you feeling uncomfortable when you laugh, with great staging and choreography.

Don't see it if you are easily embarrassed by raunchy, sexual content and language or if you want to see a classic, sweet musical.

70
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you want to see a highly stylized horror comedy.

Don't see it if you are not interested in serial killers or conspicuous consumption.

80
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Satire

See it if you can appreciate satirical humor, want to see clever staging, and hear a more electronic score instead of standard fare Broadway showtunes

Don't see it if you were only going to see Alice Ripley (her role is minimal), you hate loud, electronic music or the late 80s.

97
Clever, Dizzying, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to be blown away by incredible music, performances, staging, energy. This show is beyond brilliant.

Don't see it if you want a Rogers and Hammerstein musical. While I love R&H, this does so much more than entertain. It invigorates and challenges

75
Edgy, Dizzying

See it if you like the 80s

Don't see it if you want a more classical musical theater experience

80
Great staging, Edgy, Quirky, Original, Indulgent

See it if Striking staging and a bravura performance by Benjamin Walker are enough for you .

Don't see it if You don't care for loud music, violent themes or a somewhat repetitive story line

88
Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Epic, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of the book/movie or just up for an entirely different experience. The performances, direction, choreo., & STAGING are amazing.

Don't see it if you can't get a ticket because the public didn't know how innovative and exceptional this is and it closed.

93
Original, Great staging, Entertaining, Unique, Graphic violence

See it if Unique, graphically violent, funny as hell send up of 80's self absorbed Wall St. greed culture. Fantastic staging and effects; I loved it!

Don't see it if This is a violent play with lots of splashing blood and dismembered limbs. Might offend some; not for the squeamish. Ending was ambiguous.

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense, Raunchy

See it if you want to immerse yourself in 1980s-set murder, mania, & mental messiness. The dancing is better than the music. Ben Walker impresses.

Don't see it if you're looking for family-friendly fare, are offended by sexuality or gore, or dislike musicals. The music is mostly forgettable/cliche-80s.

29
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you love the movie and the eighties

Don't see it if you are looking for the dark irony of the book. This show was accidentally funny

84
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Original, Great singing

See it if You like to see shows that try original, new, and daring approaches to musical theater.

Don't see it if You want something conventionally approachable.

55
Original, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You appreciate the talents of Benjamin Walker and an energetic cast. It certainly is a different type of musical,not for all tastes.

Don't see it if You are expecting a piece that rivals other Duncan Sheik efforts. I was disappointed in the poor utilization of the great Alice Ripley

92
Edgy, Original, Clever, Indulgent

See it if you like contemporary musicals, innovative choreography, and want to see something different or you are a child of the 80s!

Don't see it if you don't get satire or campiness and don't like blood.

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Intense, Raunchy

See it if You liked the film or 80s music.

Don't see it if you dislike stage blood.

95
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense

See it if Loved the novel. Can handle more than song and dance ... blood and vice. Amazing production. Duncan Sheik

Don't see it if Squeemish. Expecting a conventional score.

85
Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting, Intense

See it if you want to see more blood and gore then the walking dead. If you are a fan of the movie you will enjoy this amazing stage.

Don't see it if you can't take loud music and are afraid of the sight of blood. The Staging is a must see though. The lighting was great.

77
Absorbing, Great staging, Original, Quirky, Great singing

See it if If you enjoy satire laced with a strong rebuke of the materialism of the 80s

Don't see it if If you are bothered by depictions of violence to make the point

90
Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if you like a show that is very funny and somewhat raunchy

Don't see it if you are prudish


April 21st, 2016
“‘American Psycho’ is a mess. That’s not because of all that sloppy, sloshy blood, but because of its terminally undecided tone. And it’s not the kind of mess you wallow in, hooting at the glorious chaos of it all. Its conflicts of intention cancel one another out, leaving you numb...Mr. Walker, ...
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April 22nd, 2016
"Rupert Goold’s production looks terrific...Fans of Bret Easton Ellis’s gruesome 1991 novel, and especially of Mary Harron’s less explicit 2000 film version, will scream with delighted recognition, and there are sharp performances...Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s adaptation emphasizes (perforce) humor ...
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April 21st, 2016
“Only the point of the show is invisible. Everything else is on vulgar display...What could the musical’s director and authors have thought they were bringing to the musical form by applying it to this material or to this material by squeezing it so sloppily into the tube of the musical form?...T...
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April 21st, 2016
“Is it a first-rate musical? Not quite...But the show is a very sharp, distinctly theatrical treatment of its source material, in many ways improving on Mary Harron's movie version from 2000...Walker is charismatic and commanding, but it's the broken, corrosively conflicted aspects of his charact...
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