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.

 

 

IN THE WINGS: A Conversation with The Matter of Frank Schaefer Star Paul Kuhn

Paul headshotMy name is … Paul Kuhn. The “u” in Kuhn is supposed to have an umlaut over it, but I think that is way too pretentious. The only way I would do that is if i could utter more than one phrase in German, which I cannot. I do speak modern Greek, though.

I am … happiest when I am designing/building a set. I love acting but my greatest love is designing and building for Curio Theatre. I am a rabid recycler. Don’t leave a piece of wood or steel on the street because it will be on a set at Curio.

How would you describe The Matter of Frank Schaefer in one sentence? Raised with evangelical homophobic principals, a United Methodist minister transforms himself into an advocate for the LGBTQ community and challenges the bigotry of his own Church in an ecclesiastical court.

What’s your favorite thing about playing Frank Schaefer? My favorite part is that I got to hang around this man for over a year. I have never had this much insight into a character I am playing.

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IN THE WINGS: A Conversation With Red Speedo Star Keith Conallen

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Keith Conallen plays Peter, the brother of an Olympic swimmer, in Theatre Exile’s production of Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo.My name is … Keith Conallen. Sometimes I insist on my middle initial J., but not today.

I am … Philly born and bred, a lover of baking and the messiest OCD neat freak in the world.

I grew up … just south of Oregon Avenue, on Sydenham between 15th and 16th. It was a 5-10 minute walk to get to any stadium for a game.

On opening night I … try to hide. I love being an actor and having all that attention but I also kind of hate all that attention.

My favorite part of Red Speedo is … the intensity. It’s simmering at the start and its boil raises higher and higher.

Speedo or trunks? Trunks.

There must a a ton of Speedo jokes backstage … Ya know, sadly we don’t have any jokes re: Speedos. We just keep laughing at ourselves when we say something dumb or make up words. It’s effortless to laugh with this crew and cast.

The show features the edge of an Olympic swimming pool and real chlorine smell. What’s it like to have a real, water-filled pool on stage? To have a pool is sort of the game-changer. We can do so many more things than if we didn’t have it. The images are cool, the reflections on the walls, and the immersion of the environment helps us tell this tale.

If I were to compete in the Olympics I would … aside from fail, have no idea what I was doing there. I am not athletically inclined.

Brian Ratcliffe (left) and Conallen in "Red Speedo." | Photo by Paola Nogueras

Brian Ratcliffe (left) and Conallen in “Red Speedo.” | Photo by Paola Nogueras

To get into character as Peter, I … focus very much on his intensity and legal skill set; as a lawyer, Peter has a few angles he plays.

The first play I was in was … ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and I played Father. I was 6, in kindergarten. Funny story: I was sick and very tired and when I laid down for “a long winters nap,” my teacher had to shake me awake so I could “spring from my bed.”

My dream role is … I don’t really have a dream role per say but I do like thinking about Albee’s The Zoo Story.

My surprising celebrity crush is … Sandra Bullock. I just love her. A friend just moved to Austin and I found out Sandy (yes, I call her Sandy) has a bakery/café in Austin. I plan on visiting my friend and stalking Sandy Ms. Bullock.

The most famous person I’ve ever met … I’ve met a few celebrities, they were all just people like you and me. Sitting, relaxing, a couple beers, some jokes. But the most famous would have to be Haley Joel Osment, who was a total douche. Just kidding, he was fine.

The last time I dined out in Philadelphia, I ate … goat meat and guac at Cantina Los Caballitos. Yum. If you mean fancy-pants, it’s been a while, but I had dinner with friends at Russet. So yum.

The best show I saw in Philly recently … was a cabaret/concert at the Fringe Arts during our Philly fringe. It was drag, it was punk, it was gross and it was electrifying. Christeene is the name of the performer and I thank them for a fantastic journey.

The craziest thing I’ve ever had to do for a Philly theater performance was … for Theatre Exile. A few years back we did a production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore where I hung upside-down for 11 [minutes] out of a 13-minute scene.

The best thing about Philadelphia’s theatre scene is … its continuous growth and evolution with new companies springing up, new concepts in what theatre is, new voices, our voices, our minds creating our work. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. Why ever would I leave this magic?

Red Speedo plays at Studio X now through November 23rd. More information and tickets can be found here.

Cast, crew and staff of "Red Speedo." | Photo via Theatre Horizon Facebook

Cast, crew and staff of “Red Speedo” pose in front of their stage pool. | Photo via Theatre Exile Facebook

IN THE WINGS: A Conversation with Blood Wedding Star Judith Lightfoot Clarke

JudithLightfootClarkeMy name is … as you might suspect, a family name, coming from Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Although when asked by a prospective landlord in NYC if I was related to Gordon, I didn’t deny it …

I am … blessed to work in the theatre, where talent, values, politics, vision and humanity all serve at the pleasure of bringing the written word off the page and into a room with people breathing the same air.  Turn off your cell phones and be present with us …

On opening night I … will be grateful that my husband, Dean Harrison, and sons, Owen and Beckett, are in the house (theatre house, that is … )

If I had to describe Blood Wedding in one sentence, I’d say … a wrenching poetic saga about forces, seen and unseen, that lead men to violence in the name of love while the women watch, written as only the genius Lorca can. (I’ve made it sound so upbeat! Truly, though, there is much music, love and laughter in the mix.)

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IN THE WINGS: A Conversation with Detroit Star Geneviève Perrier

Genevieve Perrier HeadshotMy name is … Geneviève Perrier. But if someone says Guinevere, Jean Vive, or Jonbenet, I usually look up.

I am …  an actor in Philadelphia currently playing Mary in Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. I am not related to the Perrier bottled water empire.

I grew up … in Center City until age 11, then Blue Bell until I graduated from high school.

How would you describe Detroit in one sentence? A surprising, poetic dark comedy about change, the American dream, reality, and relationships.

In what way are you most like your character Mary? I too can be scared of change.

How are you different? I am not as controlling as she is.

To get into character for the show I … don’t have any particular ritual. I warm up, get into costume, and remind myself to “invent nothing, deny nothing, and stay in the moment.”

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IN THE WINGS: A Conversation with Great Expectations Star Josh Carpenter

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Josh Carpenter in “Great Expectations.” | Photo by Mark Garvin

My name is … Josh Carpenter and I am playing Pip in Great Expectations.

On opening night … I will eat far too many hors d’oeuvres.

My favorite part of Great Expectations is … watching the Mr. Wopsle players perform Hamlet.

To get into character for Great Expectations I … try to remember what it’s like to be a kid.

My favorite Dickens character is … impossible for me to pick right now, but I am in awe of the breadth and generosity of Dickens’ view of humanity.

If I lived in 1850’s London, I would be … dead now.

My first stage kiss … was in eighth grade, and I had very little experience with real kissing, so I’m sure I was extremely awkward.

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PHOTOS: 2014 Barrymore Awards

The 2014 Barrymore Awards made a spectacular return to the Merriam Theater last night, after an absence of two years when the Theater Alliance, the company that ran them for 18 years, dissolved. The Barrymore Awards are now run by Theatre Philadelphia, formed by several artistic directors and stage managers.



The 19th annual Barrymore Awards was dressed down a little bit, there was no red carpet as there was in years past, and the dress was cocktail casual. But the audience was enthusiastic and glad to return. Nearly everyone I spoke with said it was great to be back, not only to celebrate their peers, but they were excited for the after-party at the Kimmel Center.

I snapped some photos of the evening, which you can see above. For a full list of the night’s winners, go here.

Here Are the 2014 Barrymore Award Winners for Philadelphia Theater

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On Monday night at the Merriam on Broad Street, the Philadelphia theater community gathered for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre.

The individual Barrymore Award winners included local talents James Ijames (right), Charlie DelMarcelle, Ben Dibble, Thom Weaver, Christopher Colucci and Liz Filios (left), who took home the $10,000 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist (the award was actually increased to $15,000 at the event). Additionally, Filios, who also performs with the band Johnny Showcase, won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical. As for theater companies, InterAct, Theatre Horizon, the Arden and Inis Nua were the biggest winners. Read more »

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