The Elephant Man Announces Details for Broadway Return
The 2014-2015 Broadway season is already looking stellar! Following on the trend of this past season, it is already shaping up to be a season filled with big names on Broadway which hopefully will lead to big bucks for some producers. The third production of the new Broadway season, which had been previously announced, revealed some more details regarding its upcoming run. From a play Broadway hasn’t seen in over a decade to one of Hollywood’s favorite faces. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Elephant Man will find its home at Broadway’s Booth Theatre this Fall!
The Elephant Man is a play written by Bernard Pomerance which tells the story of Joseph Merrick who was simply known to many as the elephant man. Known best for the extreme deformity of his body, Joseph lived in the Victorian era and appeared on the Victorian stage in a freak show act and would eventually make his way to become to toast of high society in London. His battle against his deformity challenge people to their own beliefs and judgements shattering the idea of normalcy in an era defined by perfection. The Elephant Man is an extraordinary play that brings to life Merrick’s journey not through make up but by the physical condition of the actor playing him. This allows the audience to experience and imagine what Merrick would have looked like in this incredible piece which covers the topic of human dignity.
Producers proudly announced yesterday that the Broadway revival of The Elephant Man would find it’s home at The Booth Theatre this fall. The show will begin previews October 18th, 2014 and officially open on November 13th. The show will play a limited engagement of 13 weeks only playing through January 18th, 2015. Scott Ellis is set to direct the piece after helming it previously in 2012 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. (Pictured Above is the Booth Theatre with The Glass Menagerie earlier this season)
The Elephant Man on Broadway will star Bradley Cooper in the role of Joseph Merrick. Joining Cooper will be Patricia Clarkson as Mrs. Kendal and Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Fredrik Treves. All three previously appeared in the production in 2012 in Williamstown. Other cast members set to join them are Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle and Henry Stram.
Full casting for the production will be announced soon.
As previously mentioned, Scott Ellis is set to direct. The rest of the creative team includes Timothy R. Mackabee as set and projection designer, Clint Ramos as costume designer, Philip S. Rosenberg as lighting designer and Drew Levy as sound designer.
In my previous blog post announcing Cooper’s return to Broadway for this production, I expressed how excited I was to see not only him but this production return at this point in history. I love to hear that the show is returning to The Booth Theatre, which was the original home for the original production of The Elephant Man on Broadway in 1979. While we witnessed historically people dealing with deformities, differences still tear apart and separate our world today greatly. Discrimination and sterotypes continues to rock society greatly effecting those who are different from what many consider “the norm”. Normalcy is a made up word. It exists only to those of us unable to see behind who are to what everyone else is or can be. I hope The Elephant Man not only returns with success to Broadway but brings to life a message we must be reminded of more frequently in our world; closing the door to welcoming others who are different than us only leaves us in a room of darkness. Don’t be afraid to let some light in.
Tickets for the Broadway revival of The Elephant Man go on sale to American Express cardholders tomorrow! Tickets for the public become available on June 28th! Don’t miss your chance to see Bradley Cooper and a talented cast in the return of coming back to Broadway for the first time in over a decade! For more information, visit the Playbill Vault Page for The Elephant Man on Broadway! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!