The Elephant Man was produced on Broadway at The Booth Theatre in New York City, on April 22, 1979.
Produced by Richmond Crinkley and directed by Jack Hofsiss, it starred Philip Anglim in the title role as John Merrick.
During its opening season, the production won many major drama awards, including 3 Tony Awards, 3 Obie Awards, the Drama Desk Award, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
In January, 1982, the theatre production was brought to television, airing on ABC Theatre. Philip Anglim again starred in the title role. Both he and the production were nominated for Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. Penny Fuller (Mrs. Kendall) won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Made-for-TV movie.