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Bradley Cooper’s Broadway ‘Elephant Man’ Recoups Costs, Breaks Own Box Office Record – Again

Play needed just six-and-a-half weeks to recoup $3.1 million capitalization costs

Bradley Cooper‘s “The Elephant Man” on Broadway broke its own box office record — again — and recouped capitalization costs after just six-and-a-half weeks of performances.

The cap costs totaled $3.1 million, which were officially recouped following the week of Dec. 21. The following week, the production broke its own house box office record, grossing $1,058,547. It was the first show at the Booth Theatre to rake in more than $1 million in a week.

Cooper concurrently has a limited-release film hit with “American Sniper.”

“The Elephant Man,” directed by Scott Ellis, also stars Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. The show is playing a limited engagement through Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. The production was first produced and presented in July 2012 in Williamstown, Massachusetts by the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, “The Elephant Man” tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care, he is astonished by the man’s brilliant intelligence, unshakable faith and, most of all, his resounding desire for love and understanding. He introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson), who is deeply touched by this pure and genuine soul.

“The Elephant Man” is produced by James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Catherine Adler, Roger Berlind, Caiola Productions, Patrick Catullo, Roy Furman, Larry Hirschhorn, Jeffrey Finn Productions, Van Kaplan, Edward M. Kaufmann, Hal Luftig, Arielle Tepper Madover, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, The Shubert Organization, Douglas Smith, Jonathan M. Tisch, WLE MSG, LLC, Scott and Brian Zeilinger.

It features Scenic and Projection Design by Timothy R. Mackabee, Costume Design by Clint Ramos, Lighting Design by Philip S. Rosenberg, Original Music and Sound Design by John Gromada.