Elephant Man, with Bradley Cooper, Sets Fall Broadway Opening at Booth Theatre

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03 Jun 2014

Bradley Cooper in <i>The Elephant Man</i>
Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man
Photo by T. Charles Erickson

The Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, will begin previews Oct. 18 at the Booth Theatre, producer James L. Nederlander announced June 3.

Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook, "American Hustle") previously appeared as John Merrick (the titular Elephant Man) in the Tony-winning Bernard Pomerance drama at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012. Scott Ellis, who directed the Williamstown production, will also stage the Broadway return of the 1979 play that will officially open Nov. 13.

The production will play a 13-week engagement through Jan. 18, 2015.

The Broadway revival will also feature Academy Award nominee Clarkson ("Pieces of April," "Far from Heaven") as Mrs. Kendal and Nivola (The Winslow Boy, A Month in the Country) as Dr. Fredrik Treves. Both Clarkson and Nivola appeared with Cooper in the Williamstown staging.

They will be joined by Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle and Henry Stram. Full casting will be announced at a later date.



The Elephant Man will have scenic and projection design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg and sound design by Drew Levy.

Here's how the production is billed: "The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) whose severe disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he discovers that beneath this shocking exterior lies a brilliant mind and an unshakable faith. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick, especially the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson). But with his new life comes new complexity… and as Merrick's condition grows more severe, a 'normal' life begins to seem all but impossible."

The Elephant Man premiered on Broadway in 1979 with Philip Anglim in the title role. Anglim earned a Best Actor Tony Award nomination, and the play was awarded the Tony for Best Play that season. A 2002 revival starred Billy Crudup, who was also Tony-nominated for his work.

Tickets to the Broadway production go on sale June 4 at 10 AM to American Express cardholders via Telecharge.com. The general public on sale will begin June 28.