Bradley Cooper to star on Broadway in revival of “The Elephant Man”

Bradley Cooper to star on Broadway in revival of “The Elephant Man”

Two-time Academy Award nominee (and People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”) Bradley Cooper will star in a revival of the 1979 play The Elephant Man this fall at the Booth Theater.

The production will begin performances on Oct. 18th with an official opening on November 13th.

Cooper will be reprising his 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival performance under the direction of Broadway veteran Scott Ellis.

From the New York Daily News:

Bernard Pomerance’s award-winning drama concerns the real-life 19th-century Joseph Merrick, a highly intelligent but severely deformed British man who went from circus freak to society darling in Victorian England.

“The Elephant Man” won a Best Play Tony in 1979, as well as a Best Actor nomination for lead actor Philip Anglim. The play was revived in 2002 and starred Billy Crudup. The 1980 film version starred John Hurt.

Unlike the movie, Merrick’s deformities aren’t rendered realistically with makeup or prosthetics on stage. As the star stands in a diaper-like loincloth, the audience has to use its imagination as each of Merrick’s cruel body-crippling maladies is discussed.

Cooper’s former cast mates, Patricia Clarkson (playing a famous stage actress who takes an interest in Merrick) and Alessandro Nivola (as Merrick’s doctor) will also join the Broadway production.