PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Jan. 18-24: Bradley Cooper Coming Back to Broadway and Outside Mullingar Opens

By Robert Simonson
24 Jan 2014

Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man
Photo by T. Charles Erickson


Broadway is getting another revival of The Elephant Man.

Bowing this coming fall, it will star the red-hot film actor Bradley Cooper ("American Hustle," "Silver Lining Playbook"), Patricia Clarkson, a seasoned theatre actress who has long been absent from the New York stage (her last New York theatre role was in 1998) and Alessandro Nivola as John Merrick.

The show will be staged at a Shubert theatre to-be-announced, producer James L. Nederlander confirmed Jan. 23. The play will by directed by Scott Ellis, who also directed a 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival production of the Bernard Pomerance drama. Interestingly, Cooper appeared as John Merrick in that production. I guess he became tired of all that body contorting.


Garth Drabinsky is on the loose again.

The Broadway producer of such Tony-winning works as Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman, who was later tried and convicted of fraud and forgery, was granted full parole this week, after spending roughly two and one half years incarcerated.

Drabinsky will spend the final two years of his parole at home with family. The former theatrical impresario still may not own or operate any business, may not become self-employed or manage financial aspects of any organization.

Drabinsky, whose Broadway Livent-linked shows in the 1990s and 2000s included Parade, Barrymore, Fosse, Seussical and more, was convicted on two counts of fraud and one count of forgery in 2009. The fraud and forgery convictions against Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb (sentenced to seven and six years, respectively) were upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal in fall 2011. At that time, the court reduced their prison sentences by two years. They were convicted of falsifying accounting statements over the decade-long (1989-98) life of Livent, as they raised $500 million in Canada and the U.S. to support their North American theatre-owning and producing empire.

Drabinsky and Gottlieb are still wanted men in the U.S. In 1999 they were charged with fraud by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York.