Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man.
I’ve already reported that ticket sales are through the roof for Bradley Cooper’s turn as John Merrick in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man, but new stats show that they’ve soared right up to record-breaking status—and the show’s still in previews. More from Playbill:
The Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, has broken the Booth Theatre box-office record.
The production, which began previews Nov. 7 and will officially open Dec. 7, grossed a record-breaking $966,896 for the week ending Nov. 16.
Here’s how the show is billed:
The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) whose severe disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he discovers that beneath this shocking exterior lies a brilliant mind and an unshakable faith. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick, especially the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson). But with his new life comes new complexity… and as Merrick’s condition grows more severe, a ‘normal’ life begins to seem all but impossible.
The show’s only open for 14 weeks. You can snag tickets here.
An unfortunate video is making its way around the web today featuring a clip of Bill Cosby talking about drugging women on his 1969 comedy album It’s True! It’s True! The bit is all about the mythical liquid aphrodisiac Spanish Fly. It contains quotes like “Go to a party, you see five girls standing alone [you say] ‘If I had a whole jug of Spanish Fly I’d light that corner up over there.'”
Then he details how he tried to procure some when he went on a trip to Spain. It’s all in good fun, and he never says he actually drugs anyone, but still …
Cosby is currently under fire after allegations of sexual assault resurfaced when comedian Hannibal Buress called him a rapist during a comedy bit in Philadelphia. So far, the comedian has remained mum about the allegations, but the Internet doesn’t seem to want to let him live it down. Check out the video above.
“Some people will do everything in their power to make you feel like you are worthless, like you are helpless, and like you are alone. We are here to remind you that not one of those things is true.”
So begins the Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP)‘s uplifting, make-you-want-to-boogie video that was made during last week’s “It Gets Better Project” residency at the Kimmel Center.
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The last few leaves are hanging on Philly’s trees by a thread, and if you’ve stepped outside today, you know that the bitter cold of winter is damn well on its way. Let’s take a moment to bask in the gloriousness of autumn via a new video just released by local filmmaker Cory J. Popp, called simply “Fall In Philly.”
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Most Tuesdays, we feature a recently wed Philadelphia-area LGBT couple. Today: the adorable Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan, who got married last night on East Passyunk Avenue. Joncarl is the owner and head chef of Noord, the fantastic Dutch restaurant on East Passyunk that G Philly named Best BYOB in 2013.
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The legendary Bob Dylan will come rolling into town this weekend to perform three shows at the Academy of Music—the first time, The Inquirer reports, he’s played Center City since 1963. What’s he been doing all those years? It’s likely you’re well aware, but an in-depth exhibit on Dylan at LaSalle University will succeed in filling any gaps you may have missed in the famed songwriter’s life. In short, it’s the perfect complement to seeing him live this week.
The Inquirer has more on what you’ll find in the exhibit, called “Life and Work of Bob Dylan Collection,” which comprises everything from rare bootleg recordings, T-shirts, concert posters and more.
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Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, Stonewall Sports Philadelphia board member (and G Philly contributor) Justin Nordell, who is gearing up for the upcoming Stonewall Volleyball and Stonewall Dodgeball leagues. (More on that here.)
My name is Justin Nordell. It has been five short months since I joined Stonewall Kickball Philadelphia, and in that time I have joined the board, won Coach of the Year, and made some of the most incredible friends on and off the field that a homo could ever want! My Man Crush Monday list comprises the kickballers who I wouldn't tag out before they got to third base.
Andrew and I met through my work and immediately became friends. His sense of humor perfectly aligns with mine and not a day goes by when he doesn't make me smile in one way or another. Successful professionally and in life, Andrew is a catch and I'm looking forward to him being my second husband. September 2035. Save the date!
Ryan is ridiculously intelligent, considerate, kind and handsome as hell. A mutual friend introduced Ryan and me years ago when he was home from Pittsburgh for summer. I never paid attention to Facebook enough to realize that he's been back in Philly (for years) and thankfully we've reconnected on and off the kickball field.
I asked Charlie out on a date once. I thought it was going well until he didn't realize it was a date. Once that embarrassment got out of the way, we declared our unyielding best-friendship. This D.C. transplant is someone you want in your corner. He's witty, fiercely loyal, genuine, honest to a fault, and contains a genuine warmth that you just don't get in guys nowadays. You will always be the Jennifer Grey to my Patrick Swayze.
Mike is the person I know least on this list, but his spot is well-earned. After impressing me on the kickball field (apart from that one time he tried to run back to home plate to avoid getting out at first), he impressed me even more as we bonded over our nostalgic love of boy bands, power rangers and the Animorphs book series (what was with that ending though!?) Charming, smart, funny, and mighty attractive, Mike is someone I'm looking forward to getting to know better.
Ugh ... that smile. The first time I met Oren it was all I saw and it is infectious. When he smiles people around him smile. Oren is part of what may be the friendliest team in the entire league: Saved by the Balls: The New Class. He became a fast friend when we got to talking at the Wednesday league's favorite hangout, Sammy's, at 5th & Jefferson (shoutout!) A nominee for Kickball MVP, Oren has improved exponentially this season and strikes me as one of those people who can accomplish anything he puts his mind to.
Okay I can't be the only one who thinks Sean looks like a hot version of John Mulaney. Okay now that I've gotten that out of the way, I can say that I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Sean both on the field and singing at the top of our lungs at Showtunes Sundays. Sean is an accomplished pastry chef at Barclay Prime, delivering sweetness on the field and in the kitchen. Now where the hell is the ice cream he owes me!?
I dont get to see Bruce every week on the kickball field as his schedule at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (yes he's a doctor) sometimes keeps him away. But when I do see Bruce, I am guaranteed two things: 1. I'm going to laugh—a lot. 2. I'm going to get my ass smacked. Sarcastic, smart, and sexy (at least when he wore an open hospital gown on the field), Bruce is just one of those overall great guys
Having only been in Philly for a year, I don't think I would have met Ryan if it wasn't for kickball. An accomplished athlete to begin with, Ryan dominates on the field and alongside me when we play doubles pool. Approachable, fun, interesting, and having two of the most incredible blue eyes I've ever seen, Ryan is a welcome addition to Stonewall Kickball and Philly.
Sit On My Base/Freeballers
I had to group my two incredible kickball teams together, because I have such a friggin' monster crush on all of them—yes, you too, ladies. It's been an incredible season with my Wednesday Kickball team, Freeballers (bottom), and my Sunday team, Sit On My Base (top), on and off the field, and I am not ashamed to say that I have fallen madly in love with my team. Coming in 4th place overall during the regular season for Sit On My Base and 2nd place overall for Freeballers, I could not be more proud of them—especially after both teams won MVP and Rookie of the Year for the League! Thank you guys so much for all the hard work and hard liquor. I cannot wait to play Stonewall Volleyball and Stonewall Dodgeball with you in January.
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[UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.] It appears that the video has been made private. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for the next adorable Taylor Swift video to hit the Internet.
[ORIGINAL] Last week our patriotic hearts swelled as a video of a 12-year-old Taylor Swift singing the National Anthem at a Sixers game made its way around the web. This week, another oldie but goodie of the Wyomissing, Pa., native has resurfaced, showing Swift starring in a video for her 8th grade Investigative Studies class at Wyomissing Area Junior High School. The video in question is an ad for “Paco’s Paradise Smoothies,” and Swift—not looking too different than she did when she got her start—stars as “Island Girl 1.” Look out for her coming in around the :52 mark, but the laughs don’t stop there—in the credits an unfortunate typo refers to her as “Talyor Swift.”
You may have noticed that The Westbury has been closed the past couple of weeks, but a message posted on its Facebook page this weekend explains that the historic Philly bar will never open again.
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Photo courtesy of Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
Well, we’re officially on that slippery slope, when, whether we’re ready or not, holiday haps are starting to pop up every day of the week. One of the season’s biggies, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, is getting sneak-peek treatment on Monday, November 24th, and organizers have a special discount code just for Philly Mag readers.
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