Bradley Cooper and “The Elephant Man” finally make it to Broadway

Bradley Cooper as David Merrick aka The Elephant Man.

Bradley Cooper as David Merrick aka The Elephant Man.

It all began as a dream project of Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Scott Ellis at the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival. We loved the show, and people have let it be known that they are dying to see it too, preferably on Broadway in New York City. That dream is becoming a reality. Cooper has long had a fascination with the role, and proved that he has the depth and resourcefulness to bring his character to vivid life on the stage. You can catch up with the history of this project in our interview with Bradley Cooper and background story (Here) Also the review and photos of the original production (Here).

Two-time Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) returns to Broadway in Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award®-winning classic The Elephant Man. Directed by Tony nominee Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), this captivating new production also stars Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April, Shutter Island) and Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle, The Winslow Boy).

Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, 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 new production of the classic play begins previews on October 18 with an opening date set for November 13, and running only until January 18, 2015.

The complete cast includes Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola, Anthony Heald, ScottLowell, Kathryn Meisle and Henry Stram. The cast explores the human side of deformity, with the people that Merrick comes in contact with capable of everything from shameful exploitation to extraordinary kindness…and everything in between.

Tickets are now on sale at $99-189 plus service charges. There is also premium seating for an additional $200 per person. For more information go to elephantmanbroadway.com

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