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BWW Flashback: THE ELEPHANT MAN Concludes Broadway Run Tonight; Cooper Heads to the Oscars!

Bradley Cooper, who leads Broadway's The Elephant Man, has earned a 2015 Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and Best Picture for the film American Sniper. To allow Mr. Cooper to attend the award ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 22, The Elephant Man plays its final Broadway performance tonight, February 21, at Broadway's Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street, NYC). In honor of closing night, BroadwayWorld flashes back to the show's journey to Broadway below!

Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care, he is astonished by the man's brilliant intelligence, unshakable faith and, most of all, his resounding desire for love and understanding. He introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson), who is deeply touched by this pure and genuine soul. As a complex friendship blossoms among the three, Treves and Kendal struggle to protect Merrick from a world of questionable intentions... and so begins a story of love as unique as "The Elephant Man" himself.


In August 2012, the play opened at Williamstown Theatre Festival:

Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson


Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola


Shuler Hensley, Henry Stram, and Alessandro Nivola


Henry Stram and Alessandro Nivola


Patricia Clarkson


Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson


The company


Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola, and Patricia Clarkson


Bradley Cooper


Alessandro Nivola, Bradley Cooper (background) and Henry Stram (foreground)


Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson


Bradley Cooper and Shuler Hensley


Bradley Cooper and Shuler Hensley


Shuler Hensley


Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola


Shuler Hensley


Bradley Cooper


Henry Stram and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson


In January 2014, official word came that the play would move to Broadway later in the year:

Photo Credit: Walter McBride


Theatre Marquee unveiling for 'The Elephant Man' starring Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola at the Booth Theatre in New York City.


'The Elephant Man'


'The Elephant Man'


'The Elephant Man'


'The Elephant Man'


'The Elephant Man'


'The Elephant Man'


The company began rehearsals in Fall 2014:

Photo Credit: Walter McBride


'The Elephant Man'


'The Elephant Man'


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Alessandro Nivola


Alessandro Nivola


Patricia Clarkson


Patricia Clarkson


Patricia Clarkson


Patricia Clarkson


Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper and director Scott Ellis


Bradley Cooper and director Scott Ellis


Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper, Director Scott Ellis, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper, Director Scott Ellis, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper, Director Scott Ellis, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Performances began on November 7 at the Booth Theatre:

Photo credit: Walter McBride


Theatre Marquee


Theatre Marquee


Theatre Marquee


Theatre Marquee


Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Ensemble cast


Anthony Heald, Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola zand cast


Anthony Heald, Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola and Kathryn Meisle


Scott Lowell, Anthony Heald, Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram and cast


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Alessandro Nivola


Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Anthony Heald, Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson


Anthony Heald, Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson


Anthony Heald, Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola and Kathryn Meisle


The play officially opened on December 7, 2014:

Photo Credit: Walter McBride


Henry Stram


Henry Stram


Anthony Heald


Anthony Heald


Anthony Heald


Scott Lowell


Scott Lowell


Eric Clem


Eric Clem


Eric Clem


Christopher Bannow


Christopher Bannow


Christopher Bannow


Lucas Calhoun


Lucas Calhoun


Lucas Calhoun


James L. Nederlander and wife Margo


Peter Bradbury


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper


Director Scott Ellis


Director Scott Ellis


Director Scott Ellis and Bradley Cooper


Director Scott Ellis and Bradley Cooper


Bradley Cooper, Director Scott Ellis and Alessandro Nivola


Director Scott Ellis and Bradley Cooper


Patricia Clarkson


Patricia Clarkson


Patricia Clarkson


Patricia Clarkson


Director Scott Ellis


Alessandro Nivola


Alessandro Nivola


Kathryn Meisle


Kathryn Meisle


Emma Thorne


Emma Thorne


Emma Thorne


Amanda Lea Mason


Amanda Lea Mason


Marguerite Stimpson


Marguerite Stimpson


Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola


Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola



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