Pass the Walkman Because American Psycho Stars Reveal Their Characters' Ultimate '80s Jams
March 8th, 2016
by Josh Ferri
Broadway is about to steeped in the violent, sex-crazed, drug-fueled world of Patrick Bateman's 1980s NYC, thanks to the highly-anticipated musical adaptation of American Psycho. BroadwayBox caught up with the cast recently to ask each of them, what '80s song would be your character's ultimate, always-in-my-walkman jam?
Photo by Joan Marcus
Benjamin Walker (Patrick Bateman)
"Hip To Be Square" by Huey Lewis and the News. It's that kind of saccharine, sweet saxophony, really well put together ode to conformity.
Jennifer Damiano (Jean)
Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule the World". She's new and young in this professional world, and she wants to build up her status but she's not sure how to do that. (And it's a great song.)
Drew Moerlein (Paul Owens)
It has to be "Hip To Be Square" by Huey Lewis.
Helene Yorke (Evelyn Williams)
She loved Cyndi Lauper but I'm going with Depeche Mode. I remember driving around LA in '80s with my parents blasting Depeche Mode.
Alice Ripley (Patrick's Mother)
She's 50 and into easy listening, so it would be something like Engelbert Humperdinck. "After The Lovin'", which wasn't the radio of the day but she was still chewing on it from 15 years earlier.
Jason Hite (Sean Bateman)
I play Patrick's little brother, Sean (from Rules of Attraction), and he's kinda the generation after; I think he'd be into the Sex Pistols, Misfits, Nirvana, or Bad Brains. He's a little bit more the anarchist.
Alex Michael Stoll (Craig McDermott)
"Rock It", by Herbie Hancock. Because prodigious jazz musicians make the best break music.
Jordan Dean (Luis Carruthers)
"All She Wants To Do Is Dance"—Don Henley. It's the song that gets Me (Luis) ready for a night out clubbing.
Theo Stockman (Tim Price)
"Temptation" by New Order—it comes across as a sweet song but really it's very sad, which is sorta Tim Price's vibe.
Dave Thomas Brown (David van Patten)
David van Patten would definitely sport a sensible headband and shorts while listening to Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" while working out those rock hard abs.
Morgan Weed (Courtney Lawrence)
My character, Courtney's absolute jam in 1989 was "Like A Prayer" by Madonna. Courtney wouldn't be caught dead without Madonna in her walkman because...it's Madonna. What other reason could she need?
Keith Randolph Smith (Detective Kimball)
"La Freak" by Chic. The detective was pumping the disco.
'American Psycho' begins previews March 24 at Broadway's Schoenfeld Theatre.