Behind the Curtain: Bradley Cooper wants to do 'Elephant Man,' more
Cooper wants to do 'Elephant Man'
Bradley Cooper, who just portrayed the deformed John Merrick in a short, very sold-out run of "The Elephant Man" at Williamstown Theatre Festival, is hoping to do the play on Broadway next fall, as first reported by E! Online. The Bernard Pomerance drama was last revived in 2002 with Billy Crudup.
Menken says Disney's 'Aladdin' will be on B'way
"Aladdin," which has been staged by quite a few regional theater companies in recent months, appears to be ready for Broadway. Composer Alan Menken, who also wrote the music for "Newsies," "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast," said during a concert held at the Disneyland Resort that a Broadway staging of "Aladdin" is definitely in the works. Personally, I wish Disney would consider doing a stage version of the cult favorite "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
Silverstone to join Winkler for porn play
Alicia Silverstone, who has already appeared on Broadway twice before, has joined the cast of "The Performers," a new play about the adult film industry that will also star Henry Winkler, Cheyenne Jackson and Ari Graynor. Seeing as it is being billed as a "romantic comedy," let's assume there'll be no nudity despite the subject matter.
'One Man' cashes in before closing
"One Man, Two Guvnors," which will finish its limited Broadway run on Sept. 2, will end on a solvent note. Its producers announced Wednesday that the slapstick comedy, which stars James Corden as a hopefully confused and extremely hungry manservant, has recouped its $3.25 million investment, making it an official hit under traditional Broadway standards.
'Assassins' cast to reunite for one night
The Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony-winning 2004 revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Assassins" was a brilliant show. I saw it four times and wish I could see it again. And it looks like I can. Roundabout revealed on Tuesday that the original cast - which included Neil Patrick Harris, Denis O'Hare, James Barbour and Michael Cerveris - will reunite to perform the musical one last time on Dec. 3 at Studio 54, where the revival was originally staged.
Anna Wintour at "Once" ... Marc Anthony at "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" ... Hunter Parrish at "Into the Woods" and "Evita" ... Elaine Stritch at "The Book of Mormon" ... Paul Rudd, Taye Diggs and Cynthia Nixon at "One Man, Two Guvnors."