How could American Psycho possibly be turned into a musical? Well, It’s happening—thanks to Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik. Slated to open up in London later this year, the show also has Broadway in mind.
“I kind of feel like, you have Broadway musicals, and you have the sound of the Broadway musical—Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera, Cats—and then in some way there was a transition away from that.” Sheik told Gothamist. He says about 30% of the songs will be ’80s classics from the likes of Huey Lewis and Phil Collins, and the rest will be “electronic.”
One-quarter jukebox musical, three-quarters electronic music? Broadway purists are gagging.
AN A+ FOR AARON
It ain’t no secret that Next to Normal‘s Aaron Tveit is one of the most talented and handsome men on Broadway. He’s also a scene stealer as Enjolras in the Oscar-nominated Les Miz, where he even (spoiler alert) makes dying seem sexy. In the clip below, Tveit talks about shooting his death scene and teases us with mentions of his torso, stomach, being near his belt buckle, and getting close up to his face. Oh, Aaron—we’d be enraptured listening to you read the Theatrical Index. [BroadwayWorld.com]
AVENUE Q FIGHTS HIV
Puppet characters Lucy The Slut, Rod, and Ricky from Avenue Q have signed on for a series of PSAs raising HIV awareness. The six “Puppet Service Announcements” will roll out on Logo this year, starting with the season premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Monday. Written by Avenue Q bookwriter Jeff Whitty, the spots target the stigma attached to people with HIV, and urge people to get tested and stick to treatment.
“It is the goal of this partnership to reignite a discussion around HIV, especially in the gay community—a population that is still seeing HIV rates rising.” sayss Logo’s Amy Wigler, “