Bradley Cooper Hopeful for Broadway Run of The Elephant Man

By Adam Hetrick
August 16, 2012

Bradley Cooper, who just concluded a run in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of The Elephant Man, is eager to bring Bernard Pomerance's 1979 drama to Broadway next season, according to E! Online.



Cooper told E! that he is in talks for a limited engagement of The Elephant Man on Broadway in fall 2013.

Scott Ellis directed the production in which Cooper starred as John Merrick  (the titular Elephant Man) alongside Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson ("Pieces of April," "Far from Heaven") and Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!, Young Frankenstein). It played Williamstown July 25-Aug. 5.

"We're thrilled that Bradley wants to continue exploring the role of John Merrick. The entire production of The Elephant Man at Williamstown was definitely a season highlight, although there is nothing confirmed beyond that at this point," Williamstown Theatre Festival artistic director Jenny Gerston told Playbill.com in statement.

Here's how the classic is billed: "From a desperate existence in a Victorian freak show to his days as the toast of London high society, the life of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, has fascinated the world for well over a century. Though his disfigurement brought notoriety, it was his unblemished inner humanity that most astonished those around him, compelling examinations of their own prejudices and beliefs. Shattering our illusions of normalcy, The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance weaves Merrick's tale into a parable on beauty, innocence, and human dignity."

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.