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'American Psycho' composer Duncan Sheik aims for a killer beat
'American Psycho' composer Duncan Sheik aims for a killer beat

LONDON — "Abandon all hope ye who enter here." The quote from Dante, scrawled as graffiti on a New York wall, opens Bret Easton Ellis' incendiary 1991 novel, "American Psycho." The famous phrase is ostensibly about entering the gates of hell, but it could apply equally to the long, exhausting process of creating a major new musical. Ellis' use of Dante is not lost on the ambitious team behind "American Psycho," the new stage musical based on the novel — the phrase also appears on large video projections over London's Almeida Theatre stage. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The task of adapting such a challenging...

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