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Elizabeth Kemp, Actress and Acting Coach, Dies at 65

Elizabeth Kemp, Actress and Acting Coach, Dies at 65
Elizabeth Kemp, an actress and influential acting teacher, has died. She was 65.

Her death was “sudden,” according to Rosa Asor Morelli, an administrator of Kemp’s Hooligan Dreamers Facebook page, who announced her death. “Elizabeth is family to me and I know that her time here in Italy, and everywhere she’s been teaching, has always been a special mixture of powerful work, fun, experimenting, inspiration and unconditional love and support,” the tribute reads. Kemp’s cause of death was not announced.

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Kemp started her career in the original production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at the Actors Studio, where she would later teach. She went on to appear on Broadway in the play “Once in a Lifetime.”

Her film debut came in 1980 when she was cast in “He Knows You’re Alone,” opposite Caitlin O’Heaney and Tom Hanks. She also made several television appearances in shows including “L.A. Law
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Bernard Pomerance, 'Elephant Man' Playwright, Dies at 76

Bernard Pomerance, 'Elephant Man' Playwright, Dies at 76
Bernard Pomerance, the American playwright who wrote the 1979 Tony Award-winning play The Elephant Man, has died. He was 76.

Pomerance died Saturday of complications from cancer at his home in Galisteo, N.M., his longtime agent Alan Brodie announced.

Pomerance wrote The Elephant Man for his theater company, Foco Novo, and it became one of the most successful plays to ever come out of London. Set in the Victorian era, it opened in April 1979 on Broadway at the Booth Theatre and went on to play 916 performances, capturing the Tony Award for best play.

The leading role of the...
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Bernard Pomerance, ‘The Elephant Man’ Playwright, Dies at 76

Bernard Pomerance, ‘The Elephant Man’ Playwright, Dies at 76
Bernard Pomerance, the American playwright and poet who wrote the Tony-winning 1977 play “The Elephant Man,” died Saturday of complications from cancer at his home in Galisteo, New Mexico. He was 74. The death was confirmed by his long time agent, Alan Brodie. The Brooklyn-born Pomerance first wrote “The Elephant Man” — the story of the 19th-century man John Merrick who was born with severe physical deformities — for the London-based theater company Foco Novo. After premiering in London in 1977, it then opened on Broadway in 1979 and played for 916 performances. The show also won three Tony Awards, including Best Play. Also Read:...
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Jack Hofsiss, Tony Winning Director Of ‘The Elephant Man’, Has Died At 65

Update 9:15 P.M. with more information. Jack Hofsiss, an expert in human frailty who in 1979 became the youngest director to win the Tony Award for his staging of The Elephant Man and later helmed the Jill Clayburgh film I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can, died this morning at his Manhattan home. He was 65. His death was confirmed to Deadline by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office, which gave no cause of death pending an autopsy. “I knew him as an artist and even more…
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British stars conquer Broadway by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-06-08 16:17:36

Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe in Peter Morgan's The Audience

Last night at the 69th Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall, British stars conquered Broadway, winning three of the four Best Play Performance categories, Best Revival of a Play and Best Play.

Nominees Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Alessandro Nivola with their dates (mums) for the Tony Awards. The Elephant Man stars will be flying back to London today to continue their run in the revival of Bernard Pomerance's play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket through August 8. Photo: Alessandro Nivola

Simon Stephens' adaptation of Mark Haddon's mystery novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time won Best Play after newcomer Alex Sharp garnered Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. David Hare's Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, and Matthew Beard took home Best Revival of a Play.
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A British invasion on Broadway by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-06-07 16:18:01

Helen Mirren in Peter Morgan's The Audience

On this Sunday, June 7, 2015, the British invasion of film and theatre stars who crossed the Atlantic to Broadway will be honoured during the 69th Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, co-hosted by Scotland's own Alan Cumming. Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe for Peter Morgan's The Audience, Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, and Matthew Beard for the revival of David Hare's Skylight, Ben Miles, Lydia Leonard, and Nathaniel Parker for Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton's Wolf Hall Parts One & Two.

Even honorary Brits, Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson, who are nominated and currently starring in the revival of Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London through August 8 are flying in for the ceremony.

Alessandro wrote on Thursday when I inquired about their plans for the Tony Awards. He responded: "Hi - yes
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The 2015 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Play

Before the Tony Awards this Sunday, June 7, get to know your nominees and the stellar performances they delivered this season! Here are the nominated actors in this year’s plays. And be sure to check out the nominees from this year’s musical productions! Actor In A Leading Role In A Play Steven Boyer, “Hand to God”Because Boyer embodies Robert Askins’ two protagonists—the shy Jason and the demonic Tyrone—so precisely, it’s easy to forget the latter is a hand puppet. With astonishing technical prowess, he reacts as one while voicing the other, playing catharsis as brilliantly as rage. They’re the two best performances of the season. Bradley Cooper, “The Elephant Man”Cooper brought to life a long-held dream to play Bernard Pomerance’s deformed hero John Merrick; the results were stunning. The actor delivered a carefully crafted performance that felt as emotionally devastating as it was physically transformative.
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Tony Awards: Hollywood Falls for Broadway, But Some Get Tony Cold Shoulder

Tony Awards: Hollywood Falls for Broadway, But Some Get Tony Cold Shoulder
While stars Helen Mirren (Peter Morgan's "The Audience"), Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivolo and Patricia Clarkson (revival "The Elephant Man"), Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan (revival "Skylight"), Elisabeth Moss (revival "The Heidi Chronicles"), Ruth Wilson ("Constellation") and Ken Watanabe (musical revival "The King and I") all scored Tony nominations, others were snubbed. Not adored by awards voters were Harvey Weinstein's much-publicized movie-to-play "Finding Neverland" and Movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal (“Constellations"), Mia Farrow ("Love Letters"), Glenn Close and Bob Balaban ("A Delicate Balance") and James Earl Jones ("You Can’t Take It With You"). “Doctor Zhivago" and "Honeymoon in Vegas" starring Tony Danza also came up empty-handed, while "Gigi" got one nod, but not best musical revival. Director Bill...
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The Elephant Man Ends Broadway Run Tomorrow

Three-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola will play their final Broadway performance in Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award-winning classic The Elephant Man on Saturday, February 21 after 35 previews and 83 regular performances. Directed by 6-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis, the production began performances on November 7, 2014 and officially opened on December 7, 2014 at Broadway's Booth Theatre 222 West 45th Street, NYC. The Elephant Man begins a 12 week limited engagement at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket on May 19, 2015 for a limited engagement through August 8, 2015.
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Bradley Cooper Will Bring The Elephant Man to the London Stage

Bradley Cooper Will Bring The Elephant Man to the London Stage
Joseph Merrick is going home. Bradley Cooper will take his acclaimed portrayal of Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man - an Englishman with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity in Victorian times - to London this summer, as the Broadway production transfers to the West End. "Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London," Cooper, 40, said in a statement. "I'm honored that Alessandro [Nivola], Patricia [Clarkson], the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story." The American Sniper star will perform in
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Bradley Cooper Will Bring The Elephant Man to the London Stage

Bradley Cooper Will Bring The Elephant Man to the London Stage
Joseph Merrick is going home. Bradley Cooper will take his acclaimed portrayal of Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man - an Englishman with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity in Victorian times - to London this summer, as the Broadway production transfers to the West End. "Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London," Cooper, 40, said in a statement. "I'm honored that Alessandro [Nivola], Patricia [Clarkson], the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story." The American Sniper star will perform in
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Bradley Cooper Applauds the "Joy and Curiosity" of 'The Elephant Man' on Opening Night

Bradley Cooper Applauds the
The Elephant Man premiered on Broadway thirty-five years ago at the Booth Theatre, and when the Bradley Cooper-led production opened at the same house on Sunday night, the headliner wouldn't have had it any other way. "It was the only one to do it in — it was [the Booth] or nothing so we got lucky," Cooper told The Hollywood Reporter on opening night. The actor cites the 766-seat space's intimacy as perfect for Scott Ellis' production of Bernard Pomerance’s play, and the exterior of the theater boasts no photos of the production's stars. Instead, it's an

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Theater Review: Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson Help Free The Elephant Man

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As Peter Pan is traditionally portrayed by a gamine actress, and Hairspray’s Edna Turnblad by a chunky actor, theatrical tradition dictates that John Merrick, the grotesquely deformed title character of Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, be embodied by an extremely handsome, seminude star eager to demonstrate his stage chops. (Among those who have played Merrick on Broadway since Philip Anglim created the role in 1979 are David Bowie, Mark Hamill, and Billy Crudup.) In the new revival, based on the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival production, Bradley Cooper more than qualifies: He is extremely handsome, he is seminude (at least part of the time), and not only demonstrates but proves those chops. His concept of Merrick’s physical attributes, meant to be suggestive rather than documentary, is smartly thought out and beautifully rendered: the involuted right hand, the third-position turnout, the strangled French horn of a voice, the watery diction like
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“The Flash,” “Arrow’s” Greg Berlanti To Be Head Writer For 87th Oscar Show

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced 13 key members of the production team for the 87th Academy Awards, which will air live on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, on ABC.

Director Hamish Hamilton returns to the show for the third time, after receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on last year’s telecast. He made his Oscar debut with the 82nd Academy Awards telecast in 2010. Hamilton has directed many other celebrated live televised events, including the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars, the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Beyoncé, the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” and the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, for which he also received an Emmy nomination. He shared a 2011 Peabody Award for the fifth annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” and a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for the musical special “Robbie Williams – Live at the Albert.”

Production designer Derek McLane has been part of both Oscar
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Bradley Cooper's 'Elephant Man' Roars Onto Broadway

Bradley Cooper's 'Elephant Man' Roars Onto Broadway
The last time Bradley Cooper was on Broadway, in 2006’s Three Days of Rain, the news was all about his co-star Julia Roberts, who made the play an instant sellout despite mixed reviews. But Cooper has since broken through as a major Hollywood name, and the results are evident in the opening-weekend box office of The Elephant Man. The 1977 Bernard Pomerance play, a passion project that Cooper has pursued since his graduate days at the Actors Studio Drama School, played its first previews at the Booth Theatre over the weekend. The play, co-starring Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, made

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The Elephant Man, Starring Bradley Cooper, Begins Performances Tomorrow on Broadway

Performances begin in New York City tomorrow, Friday, November 7th for the Broadway return of two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Patricia Clarkson, and Alessandro Nivola in Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award-winning classic The Elephant Man, directed by six-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis. The production opens on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the Booth Theatre 222 West 45th Street, NYC for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 15, 2015. Tickets are on sale now.
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Bradley Cooper Livens the Party at Elephant Man Cast Call (Photos!)

Bradley Cooper kept things hopping at a photo call for the cast of Broadway’s The Elephant Man Tuesday (Oct. 21) at the famed Sardi’s in New York City. The 1977 play by Bernard Pomerance is based on Joseph Merrick, a 19th century “human curiosity” who suffered from neurofibromatosis, a disfiguring disease that produces large external growths on the face and body. The play’s revival, stars Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. [...]
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Freeze Frame: The Elephant Man's Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola & More Meet the Press!

Two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Patricia Clarkson, and Alessandro Nivola will soon return to Broadway in Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award-winning classic The Elephant Man, directed by six-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis. The production begins performances on Friday, November 7, 2014 and opens on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Broadway's Booth Theatre 222 West 45th Street, NYC. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, February 15. Tickets are on sale now.The cast met the press this morning and BroadwayWorld brings you a photo preview from the event below. Check back later for complete coverage
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The Alessandro Nivola files by Anne-Katrin Titze

The aura of Alessandro Nivola - Dr. Treves in The Elephant Man: "An England which informs me daily by the way it lives that it wants to die." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Alessandro Nivola will next be seen on the big screen in J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year with Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo and Albert Brooks. Bradley Cooper, with whom he worked on David O Russell's American Hustle and Patricia Clarkson will come to Broadway to co-star with him in Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man directed by Scott Ellis.

When I showed up to have a conversation with Alessandro on his upcoming adventures - including Doll & Em with Emily Mortimer - Ethan Hawke and playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman were having breakfast with him. Robert Redford's commanding performance in and integrity surrounding Chandor's riveting All Is Lost and Warren Beatty's with Reds turned into
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