Bradley Cooper Breaks Box Office Record In The Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man.

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.



LISTEN: Bill Cosby Talks About Drugging Women On 1969 Comedy Album

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.

(h/t Flavorwire)

WATCH: Philly LGBT Youth “Shake It Off” In “It Gets Better” Video

“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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LaSalle’s “Life and Work of Bob Dylan Collection” Is a Perfect Complement to His Concerts In Town This Week

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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Man Crush Monday: Justin Nordell

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.)

Last Five Man Crush Mondays:


WATCH: Taylor Swift In Her 8th Grade Class Project Video at Wyomissing Area Junior High School

[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.”

The Westbury Is Closing Its Doors For Good

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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We’ve Got a Discount Code For the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Sneak Peek Party

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

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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