News from Broadway

Handsome actor takes ugly role on Broadway


NEW YORK — Bradley Cooper, not too long ago crowned “sexiest man alive” by People magazine, is coming to Broadway in an ugly role.

The Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle actor will star in The Elephant Man this fall. It’s about a disfigured man in Victorian London whose own inner goodness forces people to re-evaluate their notions of beauty.

It will be directed Scott Ellis and co-star Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. The stars and director were all in the 2012 Williamstown Theater Festival production of the play. The Broadway revival will be at a Shubert theater to be announced later.

Cooper was last on Broadway in 2006 opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain. The last time The Ele­phant Man was on Broadway was in 2002, with Billy Crudup in the starring role.

The play by Bernard Pome-rance shows some two dozen snapshots in the life of the grotesque John Merrick, tracing his journey from an abused circus freak to a curiosity of London’s high society.

Disco musical returning as commercial venture

NEW YORK — David Byrne’s splashy disco musical Here Lies Love is coming back to the Public Theater – but with a twist.

The Talking Heads frontman told fans that his show about Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, will return to the same space in the Public’s home in March, but this time as a commercial venture. It will have an open-ended run.

The poppy, techno score is laced with Byrne’s dreamy style and features additional beats provided by Fatboy Slim. The audience – the space fits less than 200 – is forced to stand, move around or dance.

‘Titanic’ will weigh anchor for New York once again

NEW YORK — You just can’t keep the Titanic down for long.

A revival will be steaming back to Broadway in the fall, after a summer tune-up in Toronto.

It will be directed by Thom Southerland. The rest of the creative team, casting and dates will be announced later.

The musical tells the story of the ship’s ill-fated maiden voyage and encounter with an iceberg in the Atlantic. The show, which has a score by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone, focuses on the vessel’s passengers in first-class, second-class and steerage.

It won Tonys in 1997 for best musical, best score, best sets and book of a musical, and lasted more than 800 performances.

‘Harry Potter’ actor will play a crippled dreamer

NEW YORK — Daniel Radcliffe is returning to Broadway as a disabled Irish dreamer.

The Harry Potter actor will star in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage.

Previews begin April 12 at Cort Theatre with an opening scheduled for April 20. The show tells the story of a young man who tries to become a movie star when a Hollywood film is being made nearby.

Radcliffe made his West End debut in 2007 and Broadway debut in 2008 in Equus. He returned to Broadway in 2011 for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

The Cripple of Inishmaan was mounted in London last year with Radcliffe and previously had off-Broadway productions at the Public Theater.

Tony-nominated farce will be making a noisy revival

NEW YORK — Next winter will be more farcical on Broadway – Noises Off is coming back.

The Roundabout Theatre Co. says it will revive Michael Frayn’s Tony-nominated play about what it’s like behind-the-scenes at a door-slamming play where everything that can go wrong does.

Previews will begin in January 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre. It will be directed by Jeremy Herrin.

In the show, the audience follows the misfortunes of a C-list British troupe as it rehearses, performs and tours a British sex farce called Nothing On. It has become a favorite in stock, regional, university and amateur theatres.

It made its Broadway debut in 1983 starring Victor Garber and ran for more than 550 shows. It was revived in 2001 with Richard Easton, Peter Gallagher, Patti LuPone and Faith Prince.

– Associated Press