Will Bret Easton Ellis Help Bring Eric B., Rakim, And M/A/R/R/S To Broadway?

A group of Broadway producers is apparently all gung-ho about bringing Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho to Broadway, because nothing says “fun for the whole family” like a musical that chronicles the adventures of a murderous, sex-obsessed, status-obsessed Wall Street dude who, did I mention, also happens to be a murderer. Oh well, if the final product bases the music for the show on the film’s soundtrack, at least we’ll see some awesomely campy interpretations of classic jams like Eric B. & Rakim’s “Paid In Full,” Information Society’s “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy),” and M/A/R/R/S’ “Pump Up The Volume.” The Hollywood Reporter also claims that producers are really excited to get some piece of Huey Lewis & The News’ catalog into the staging as well, but they’d better pay him in full if they want him to play:

Lewis okayed the song’s use in the film (Patrick Bateman lectures a man on the meaning of ”Hip to Be Square,” then kills him) but got in a dispute over its use on the CD. ”They tried to pull a little showbiz thing on me, which left a bad taste in my mouth. Because of that, I’ve never seen it. People tell me it’s a really cool scene.”

Well, at least he’s come clean about that “dispute” not being about the film’s violence. Upon rewatching–that link is probably NSFW if your workplace frowns on watching people get killed, BTW–I forgot how much I loved the parts of Psycho that involved protagonist/murderous sonofabitch Patrick Bateman spouting off bits of music “criticism.” Read them and wonder if a new-millennium update of the book would involve him having a blog.

“American Psycho” Heads To Broadway [Hollywood Reporter]
Huey Lewis’ favorite music in films [EW]
American Psycho – Hip To Be Square [YouTube]

  • twenty-four hour priapism

    Huey Lewis & The News’ early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in ’83, I think they really came into their own, commercial and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He’s been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

  • loudersoft

    The fact that anyone wants to bring this to Broadway means this story should be filed under “Signs of the Apocalypse”

    I mean..see what I mean?

  • JohnDoe

    I’m sorry – I was staring at those abs. Did somone say something?

  • Audif Jackson Winters III

    Has a cult audience developed for this movie that I’m not aware of? The movie’s pretty good, but I thought it was a flop ….

  • Whigged

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: It’s got a MASSIVE cult following. Picked up once it went to DVD, didn’t do well in theaters, but then again, only got a limited run in art houses.

    There was still a lingering stigma from the controversy surrounding the book, but the film nailed the humor that so many missed in the written context.

  • Anonymous

    The Dark Knight sorts out Wall Street, now there’s a sequel.

  • Anonymous

    @Whigged: Equilibrium also has a cult following. And Newsies. Actually, I’m pretty sure anything Christian Bale touches either turns into millions of dollars or a cult classic. Well, of course, except for Reign of Fire. That just sucked besides getting to see Matthew McConaughey get eaten by a dragon.

  • Chris Molanphy

    Nothing in the movie beats the montage of Bateman holding up his No Jacket Required CD (which is built-in-satire; I mean, I’m a Phil fan, but I have to say that album cover remains one of the biggest WTF? design choices in blockbuster-album history), offering his Collins spiel, and then pleasuring those two girls to the strains of “Sussudio” while preening at his own mirror reflection.

  • Chris Molanphy

    Also: that American Psycho soundtrack bears a striking resemblance to this other Bret Easton Ellis movie-adaptation soundtrack I …. (I bought it 20 years ago because back then I was a Prince completist.)

  • Ned Raggett

    @Chris Molanphy: Bret Easton Ellis might be many things, Chris, but he is no Jay McInerney.

  • Chris Molanphy

    @Ned Raggett: D’oh.

    They do run together, y’know…

  • CarsmileSteve

    @Whigged: the film nailGUNNED the humour, shurely?

    i’m just interested to see if they put the rat up a pipe bit back in the musical…