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Bradley Cooper-Led Elephant Man Recoups Its Capitalization

The play revival also starring Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson is officially a hit.

Bradley Cooper as John Merrick in Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man, directed by Scott Ellis, at the Booth Theatre on Broadway.
(© Joan Marcus)

The producers of the new Broadway production of Bernard Pomerance's play The Elephant Man at the Booth Theatre, starring Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Alessandro Nivola, have announced that the show officially recouped its $3.1 million capitalization costs after 6.5 weeks of performances. Directed by Scott Ellis, The Elephant Man is now playing a limited engagement through February 22, 2015.

The cast features Cooper as John Merrick, Clarkson as Mrs. Kendal, Nivola as Dr. Frederick Treves, Anthony Heald as Ross/Bishop Walsham How, Scott Lowell as Snork/Pinhead Manager/Lord John, Kathryn Meisle as Miss Sandwich/Princess, and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm/Conductor. The cast also includes Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson, and Emma Thorne.

This production was first produced and presented in July 2012 by the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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 intelligence, unshakable faith, and most of all, his 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.

The Elephant Man features scenic and projection design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg,and original music and sound design by John Gromada.

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