That gaping hole left in the new season when the producers of American Psycho cancelled a planned pre-Broadway run has been filled by Stephen Adly Guirgis, author of the asterisk-laden Chris Rock hit The Motherf*cker With The Hat.
Second Stage, the prominent Times Square nonprofit, had planned to run American Psycho — Duncan Sheik’s new musical based on Bret Easton Ellis’ savage satire of Manhattan under Masters of the Universe — in the new year, following a successful UK tryout earlier this year. Benjamin Walker is the star of choice as Patrick Bateman, the role created by Christian Bale in the 2000 movie. But the Los Angeles-based producer David Johnson, head of Act 4 Entertainment, pulled the plug last month and hasn’t yet said whether the show will open directly on Broadway or tryout somewhere else.
On Thursday, Second Stage artistic director Carole Rothman announced that in place of American Psycho, the company will present a reprise of Between Riverside And Crazy, which had a sold-out run last spring at the Atlantic Theater Company. Part of Second Stage’s mission is to revisit previously produced works — Terrence McNally’s Lips Together Teeth Apart is currently on the boards at the W. 43rd Street space — but Between Riverside, its original cast mostly intact, is easily the fastest revival in memory. It’s billed as the Atlantic Theater Company production. Previews begin January 16, 2015 with an opening set for February 11.
The dramedy, staged by Austin Pendleton, stars Stephen McKinley Henderson as a retired cop trying to hold things together for his troubled grown son, ex-partner and various houseguests and hangers-on in his rent-controlled apartment. Guirgis, one of the brightest stars in the current constellation of playwrights, is also the author of Jesus Hopped The A Train and Our Lady Of 121st Street. He has long been affiliated with the LAByrinth theater, where most of his plays had their premieres, five under the direction of its late co-founder, Philip Seymour Hoffman.