Cooper shines, shares spotlight in robust 'Elephant Man'

December 8, 2014 3:03 AM

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NEW YORK — Plenty of folks will attend the extraordinary new Broadway production of The Elephant Man (* * * * out of four stars) that opened Sunday at the Booth Theatre solely, or at least chiefly, to see the movie star Bradley Cooper on stage. And they will see that film idol — for about 90 seconds or so.

Cooper first appears wearing only a pair of tan shorts, a sculpted Adonis standing stock-still. Beside him is a screen on which images of Joseph Carey Merrick — the grievously deformed Englishman who inspired John Merrick, whom Cooper plays here — are projected.

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