Bradley Cooper to Star in 'The Elephant Man' Revival on Broadway

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Bradley Cooper is to star in a revival of The Elephant Man on Broadway.

The American Hustle actor will play John Merrick, a despondent man living with terrible physical deformities, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Bernard Pomerance's award-winning 1977 play was famously adapted for the big screen by David Lynch in 1980 starring John Hurt. But unlike the film, the stage show sees the lead actor suggest the deformities through his performance, rather than relying on prosthetic make-up.

Cooper previously played the role in a limited run in 2012 at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. It is unclear whether his co-stars in that production, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, will also appear in the Broadway show.

The play will mark Bradley's first return to the New York stage since his 2006 stint opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in Three Days of Rain.



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  • graciesgoldstar

    Good luck he's in for a rude awakening Broadway is a lot harder than a film or a television show. 8 shows in six days each is about 2 1/2hrs and some plays run for years though the theater in which the show is performed at times changes. though the last Broadway production of the play Our Town ran for 56 shows from 12/4/2002- 1/26/2003 which was the actor that played the stage managers 78th birthday. granted Bradley Cooper ain't his generations Paul Newman by a long shot and the executive producer of that production happened to be Newman's wife Joanne Woodward who was inspired to stage the production at their local theater The Westport Country Playhouse after being trapped in Washington DC on 9/11/2001. at the time she was associate artistic director and managing director of the theater in fact serving in those roles until shortly after Paul passed away and remains a patron of the theater.