Bradley Cooper Heading Back to Broadway in THE ELEPHANT MAN?
There was a lot of Broadway buzz surrounding a 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival presentation of The Elephant Man, starring Patricia Clarkson and Bradley Cooper. The production never made it to the Great White Way, but according to the Daily Mail, Cooper will lead the play on Broadway soon!
The WTF cast featured Patricia Clarkson as Mrs. Kendal, Bradley Cooper as John Merrick, the titular Elephant Man, Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley as Ross/Bishop How/Snork, Scott Lowell as Will/Lord John/Earl, Alessandro Nivola as Frederick Treves, Marguerite Stimpson as Sandwich/Countess/Alexandra, and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm/Conductor.
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.
Cooper first gained recognition in the television shows Alias and Jack & Bobby. He later appeared in a supporting role in Wedding Crashers (2005), Yes Man (2008), and He's Just Not That Into You (2009). He achieved fame with his roles in The Hangover trilogy (2009-2013), The A-Team (2010), Limitless (2011), Silver Linings Playbook(2012), and The Place Beyond the Pines (2013). He received critical acclaim in the film American Hustle playing alongside actor Christian Bale. His work in Silver Linings Playbook earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2011, People magazine named him the "Sexiest Man Alive". In 2006, he starred in Three Days of Rain on Broadway.