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

Maura / September 24, 2008

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]