UPDATE Friday 1:30 P.M.: Adds producers’ statement of capitalization at $8.8 million, below.
EARLIER: At once shocking in its finality and completely expected, American Psycho will play its last Broadway performance on Sunday, June 5 at the Shubert Organization’s Schoenfeld Theatre, one week before the Tony Awards, the producers announced Thursday. Closing at a total loss of its capitalization, which the producers told Deadline was $8.8 million, the Duncan Sheik musical will have played 81 performances including previews since opening to reviews from a split critical community. Audiences, on the other hand, were uniform in showing no interest in the show, which stars Benjamin Walker. Fire-sale ticket prices and poor attendance shadowed what had been cast as a stylish remake of Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel and, later, Christian Bale-starring film testament to soulless greed and murderous violence among ’80s masters of the universe.
A similar verdict was handed down by the Tony Awards nomination committee, which sealed the show’s fate with just two nominations, for best sets (Es Devlin and Finn Ross) and lighting (Justin Townsend) in the musicals categories. The closing comes hard on the heels of the announcement earlier this week that Tuck Everlasting, equally Tony- and audience- challenged, also would shutter prematurely.
Walker plays the title role of Patrick Bateman in the show, which has music, lyrics and orchestrations by Sheik (Spring Awakening), a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark), direction by Rupert Goold (King Charles III) and choreography by Lynne Page (La Cage Aux Folles).
The cast includes Heléne Yorke (Bullets Over Broadway, Masters of Sex), Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Jennifer Damiano (Next to Normal) and Drew Moerlein.
American Psycho originally was slated to have its U.S premiere at off-Broadway’s nonprofit company Second Stage. Encouraged by reviews from London (where the show had an equally mixed reception but sold somewhat better), the producing team tacked directly to Broadway. It is presented by David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Los Angeles-based Act 4 Entertainment and Jeffrey Richards and Will Trice, with co-producers Greenleaf Productions, Rebecca Gold, John Frost, Trevor Fetter, Joanna Carson, Gordon Meli Partners, Clip Service / A.C. Orange International, Nora Ariffin, Jam Theatricals, Almeida Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Paula and Stephen Reynolds, J. Todd Harris and The Shubert Organization, in cooperation with Edward R. Pressman.