Clifford Odets' Golden Boy Leaves the Ring; Broadway Revival Concludes Jan. 20
20 Jan 2013
Anthony Crivello and Seth Numrich
Photo by Paul Kolnik
Lincoln Center Theater's 75th anniversary revival of Clifford Odets' 1937 drama Golden Boy, starring Seth Numrich as a young musician torn between two worlds, ends its Broadway run Jan. 20 at the Belasco Theatre.
Tony Award-winning LCT resident director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, Women on the Verge...), who also helmed the 2006 revival of Odets' Awake and Sing! for LCT, directs Golden Boy, which began Broadway previews Nov. 9, 2012, and opened to strong critical notices Dec. 6. The original production premiered at the Belasco in 1937.
"Boxing is a lot of preparation and then improvising so there are parallels to being an actor," 25-year-old Numrich told Playbill. The youngest student to ever be accepted into the Julliard School's drama division, Numrich also appeared on Broadway in The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino and Yosemite Off-Broadway.
"He was one of the only actors I believed could actually be a concert violinist and a boxer," director Sher added. "[His] elegant physical skills and his great technical chops with language is a combination of skills that's hard to find."
Odets' plays also include Till The Day I Die, Paradise Lost, Rocket To The Moon, Night Music, Clash By Night, The Big Knife and The Country Girl. He also penned the screenplay for "Sweet Smell of Success." The Roundabout Theatre Company is also planning to revive Odets' The Big Knife, starring Bobby Cannavale, which will begin Broadway previews in March.
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