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‘American Psycho’ sets debut

Musical take on Bret Easton Ellis novel to bow in U.K.

“American Psycho,” a new tuner based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (“Spring Awakening”), will receive its world premiere production from Brit touring company Headlong. Company a.d. Rupert Goold, helmer of Brit hit and Broadway flop “Enron,” will direct.

The musical, a co-production with Act 4 Entertainment and the Collective, will feature a book by comicbook writer and TV scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Big Love,” “Glee,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”). No dates, venue or casting have yet been set.

Headlong’s 2012 season features three further world preems in addition to the previously announced “Boys,” a play by rising scribe Ella Hickson making its London debut next month at Soho Theater.

Goold will also helm “The Effect,” described as “a clinical romance” by Lucy Prebble, author of “Enron.” The co-production with the National Theater runs November through February.

Mike Bartlett (“Cock”) returns to Headlong, for whom he wrote “Earthquakes in London,” with a new version of Euripides’ “Medea.” He will also direct the show in a co-production with Glasgow Citizens Theater and Watford Palace Theater, in association with Warwick Arts Center. Show tour the U.K. in the fall.

Finally, Headlong will produce “Chimerica,” a new play by stage and TV scribe Lucy Kirkwood. Full details of the production are yet to be announced.

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