About this project
A brand new musical, based on the iconic novel by Bret Easton Ellis, is coming to the Almeida Theatre in London this December.
This venture has been a true labor of love for me and our creative team: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Bookwriter), Duncan Sheik (Composer/Lyricist) and Rupert Goold (Director). But now we need your help to pull it off.
Every dollar we raise here will go directly toward enhancing our initial non-profit production. For instance, we want to increase our rehearsal time by two full weeks. We'd love to use a live band instead of pre-recorded sound. Even the wardrobe costs are high - what can I say, Patrick Bateman and his Pierce and Pierce colleagues don't wear cheap labels.
Seriously, every single contribution (no matter the size) will make a tangible difference to our show. We hugely appreciate your support.
"ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE...."
AMERICAN PSYCHO paints the shocking, funny and unsettling portrait of Patrick Bateman, a 26-year-old Manhattan investment banker with a designer lifestyle and a twisted mind. The novel was originally published in 1991 and has remained a part of contemporary pop-culture ever since. In 2000, Lionsgate released the celebrated film version directed by Mary Harron and featuring Christian Bale in his star-turning performance.
A stage musical gives us the unique opportunity, through song, to go even deeper into the characters’ psychologies than ever before. And what better character to investigate than one of modern literature's greatest and most enigmatic anti-heroes -- who also happens to be an avowedly passionate music-lover?
Our show remains faithful to Bret Easton Ellis' world and his satirical treatment of the materialism and greed in this era of late capitalism. Roberto, Duncan and Rupert traveled back to Patrick Bateman's New York City of synth-pop, haute cuisine, and killer style; they returned with a musical's worth of '80s-tinged tunes to reinvent AMERICAN PSYCHO in this thrilling new medium.
"THIS CONFESSION HAS MEANT NOTHING...."
The Almeida Theatre and Headlong are two of the UK’s most impressive non-profit theatre companies. They make extraordinary work and keep it universally accessible through funding from public agency Arts Council England, charitable grants and the generosity of individual and corporate donors.
They are the ideal partners for us on AMERICAN PSYCHO, with the artistic expertise and theatrical track record to be able to fully realize the vision and ambition of our creative team in the exclusive intimacy of the Almeida’s 325 seat auditorium.
The budget for a new musical production of this scale is significant. As the commercial production company, we at Act 4 Entertainment are responsible for pulling together the extra funds to enable everything to take place at an enhanced scale, from extending rehearsals from the traditional five to seven weeks, to having a live band instead of pre-recorded sound.
So we’re asking YOU, the fans of AMERICAN PSYCHO, to participate in making this production a huge success.
We hope as many of you as possible will be able to see the World Premiere in London this December. Meanwhile, here are some awesome rewards to kick things off: original music from the show, exclusive T-shirts, limited-edition artwork, Patrick Bateman's "business card" and even a personalized and signed copy of the novel AMERICAN PSYCHO by Bret Easton Ellis himself.
"THIS IS NOT AN EXIT...."
We’re also excited to be opening the doors to a behind-the-scenes “making of” the production in a new way that's made possible by Kickstarter. At our highest-level rewards, we’re offering up some once-in-a-lifetime backstage experiences. Shadow Rupert during a rehearsal, or learn the choreography to one of the songs. Meet the creative team at one of our cocktail parties, or let Bret take you and a guest to dinner at a hot new LA restaurant. You could even own the actual keyboard that Duncan used to record the original score, or get your name written into the musical itself! We had fun putting together these rewards and hope you enjoy them.
Thank you so much for being part of this, we couldn't do it without you.
Jesse Singer, Producer Act 4 Entertainment
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THE CREATIVE TEAM
Songwriter/Composer Duncan Sheik won the 2007 Tony Awards for Best Orchestration and Best Original Score as well as a 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for Spring Awakening. Sheik is currently developing a stage adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic, The Nightingale, as well as Alice by Heart, inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" at the National Theatre in London. Other works include Whisper House at The Old Globe Theatre in 2010 and Nero (Another Golden Rome) at the Powerhouse Theater in 2008. In the mid 1990’s, Sheik’s self‐titled debut spent 52 weeks on the Billboard 200 and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Vocal and RIAA Certified Gold. Film scores include The Cake Eaters, Little Spirit and Harvest. His albums include “Duncan Sheik” (1996), “Humming” (1998), “Phantom Moon” (2001), “Daylight” (2002), “White Limousine”(2006), “Brighter/Later: A Duncan Sheik Anthology” (2006), and “Brighter/Later: A Duncan Sheik Anthology” (2007), "Whisper House" (2009), "Covers 80s" (2011), “Covers 80s Remixed” (2012).
Playwright, screenwriter and comic book author Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. His plays include: Abigail/1702 (New York Stage and Film, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Doctor Cerberus (South Coast Rep, LA Theatre Works), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Roundhouse Theatre), King of Shadows (The Working Theatre), Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf, 2econd Stage Theatre, the O’Neill), Based on a Totally True Story (MTC), The Velvet Sky (Woolly Mammoth Theatre), The Muckle Man (City Theatre), Dark Matters (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, the O’Neill), Rough Magic (Hangar Theatre), The Weird (Dad’s Garage Theatre), The Mystery Plays (2econd Stage, Yale Rep, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award) and the GLAAD Media Award-nominated comedies, Golden Age and Say You Love Satan. Upcoming projects include: The Dracula Cycle at Dallas Theatre Center. He is the co-book writer of Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. In addition to his playwriting, Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa is also a writer on the Fox comedy Glee, has written for Marvel and Archie Comics, and wrote the MGM remakes of the horror classics Carrie and The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
Rupert Goold is Artistic Director of Headlong and Artistic Director designate of the Almeida Theatre in London. His productions for Headlong include The Effect, Earthquakes in London (National), Decade (St Katherine Docks), and the multi-award winning ENRON, for which he won the 2009 Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards for Best Director. Other theatre credits include: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), No Man’s Land (Duke of York’s - Irish Times Award Best Director), Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice (RSC), and the award-winning Macbeth (Chichester/West End/Brooklyn Academy of Music/Broadway) for which he won the 2007 Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards for Best Director. Film credits include: Macbeth (BBC) and Richard II (BBC), for which he won the Peabody Award. Opera includes: Turandot (English National Opera), Le comte Ory (Garsington Opera); L’Opera Seria, Gli equivoci; Il Pomo D’Oro (Batignano). He is currently directing the feature film "True Story" for New Regency and Plan B.
Bret Easton Ellis, author of 1991's American Psycho, 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.
THE KICKSTARTER TEAM
The success of this campaign would not have been possible without an amazing team of people working tirelessly behind the scenes.
Josh Polon helped build this entire campaign from start to finish, shot and cut the video, and consulted on project description, prizes and outreach
Alyssa Price managed our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Tumblr) and lead our community outreach in Los Angeles
Rand Gamble consulted on digital marketing strategy
Tony Yates designed the artwork, t-shirts and business cards
Ryan Maxey created the motion graphics for our video
Risks and challenges
Live theater is not easy. It's full of surprises and challenges. But that's also part of the fun and why we've invested years into building AMERICAN PSYCHO the right way.
One of our biggest challenges has been coordinating the schedules of our creative team across LA, NY and London. Whether writing episodes of a hit TV show, going on tour, or shooting a feature film, Roberto, Duncan and Rupert are in high demand in multiple facets of entertainment. Their frequent collaboration despite this is a real testament to their passion for this show - it's been a real joy to see it take shape.
Regarding delivery of the rewards, we have already begun arrangements with various suppliers to ensure that we WILL be able to meet our estimated delivery dates. Should the volume of rewards overtake our capacity, we will hire a professional fulfillment company so that no one is left waiting.
Lastly, here is some important legal information:
· Please read the rewards carefully to determine those which are location or date specific. Travel, lodging and transportation are NOT included.
· Must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend all events.
- Dates of parties in NY and LA will be determined based on the creative team member's availability. Once we have set a date, we will give you as much advance notice as possible.
· Some rewards may require that you (and your guest, if applicable) sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement upon your arrival.
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