Cooper Leads “Elephant Man” Revival

Frederick M. Brown

While you were getting your "Will & Grace" swag signed at the "Outside Mullingar" stage door, here's what was happening this week In the Wings.

Bradley Cooper will star in the Broadway revival of “The Elephant Man” this fall. The two-time Academy Award-nominee will reprise his role as John Merrick in the Scott Ellis-directed production (Cooper previously played the role in Bernard Pomerance’s play for two weeks at the Williamstown Theater Festival in 2012). Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola will also star. The show will begin performances at a Shubert theater to be announced this fall. [More info]

“A Night with Janis Joplin” will close its doors on Feb. 16. Producers of the show, which stars Mary Bridget Davies as the Queen of Psychedelic Soul, hope to move the show to a new theater in NYC sometime in March. So if you miss the Broadway run, you may catch another piece of Joplin's heart soon enough. [More Info]

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Broadway rolls out a modified schedule during Super Bowl Week. As Times Square transforms into Super Bowl Boulevard this week, Broadway remains up and running. Shows will play during the week and on Super Bowl Sunday, though some on a slightly different schedule. And hey, it’s also Broadway Week (through Feb. 6), so you may even be able to get 2-for-1 tickets to participating shows. How ‘bout that? Visit for the full details.

Joshua Henry and Colin Donnell Join “Violet.” Tony nominee Henry (“The Scottsboro Boys“) and Donnell (The Public's “Love’s Labor’s Lost”) will play Monty and Flick, respectively, starring alongside Sutton Foster in the title role. This will be the second time Foster and Donnell have appeared together on Broadway: the two played Reno Sweeney and Billy Crocker in the 2011 revival of “Anything Goes.” Performances of “Violet” begin at the American Airlines Theatre on March 28. [More info]

Broadway stars band together to protest Russia’s anti-gay legislation. In a new video directed by John Walton West, Broadway’s biggest stars -- from Jonathan Groff (“Looking”), Michael Urie (“Buyer and Cellar”) and Jeremy Jordan (“Smash”) to Laura Benanti (“The Sound of Music Live”), Harvey Fierstein (“Kinky Boots”), and Andrew Rannells (“Girls”) – play fictional Russian versions of themselves putting on a fictional protest musical. Take a look: 

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