Golden Boy, Clifford Odets' 1937 drama about a young musician who takes a gamble on his own artistic dreams when he enters the boxing ring, officially opened Dec. 6 at the Belasco Theatre. Original War Horse leading actor Seth Numrich stars in the central role of Joe Bonaparte in Lincoln Center Theater's 75th anniversary revival.
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. The original production premiered at the Belasco in 1937.
The cast also features Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Tony Shalhoub (Lend Me A Tenor), Danny Burstein (Follies, South Pacific), Jonathan Hadary (Awake and Sing!, Gypsy), Daniel Jenkins (Big River), Michael Aronov (Blood and Gifts), Sean Cullen (South Pacific), Dagmara Dominczyk (The Violet Hour), Ned Eisenberg (Awake and Sing!), Brad Fleischer (Coram Boy), Karl Glusman (Seagull), Danny Mastrogiorgio (Stunning), Dion Mucciacito (Apple Cove), Lucas Caleb Rooney (Henry IV), Vayu O'Donnell (Man and Boy), Yvonne Strahovski (Finn City), David Wohl (Dinner at Eight) and Demosthenes Chrysan.
According to LCT, "Golden Boy is the story of Joe Bonaparte, a young, gifted violinist who is torn between pursuing a career in music and earning big money as a prize fighter."
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 2013.
For tickets visit Telecharge.com or LCT.org. A limited number of tickets priced at $32 are available at every performance through LincTix, LCT's program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit LincTix.org.