LCT Plans Broadway Revival of Golden Boy, Plus Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia... Off-Broadway

News   LCT Plans Broadway Revival of Golden Boy, Plus Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia... Off-Broadway
Lincoln Center Theater will produce Christopher Durang's Chekhov satire Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and a Broadway revival of Clifford Odets' drama Golden Boy during the 2012-2013 season.

Bartlett Sher
Bartlett Sher Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

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, will stage Golden Boy. Previews will begin Nov. 8 towards a Dec. 3 opening at a Broadway theatre to be announced.

The play, according to LCT, "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."

Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which will first premiere at the McCarter Theater Sept. 7-Oct. 7, will be staged at LCT's Off-Broadway space, the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, beginning Oct. 25. Nicholas Martin (Durang's Why Torture Is Wrong?, Betty’s Summer Vacation) will direct the production that is scheduled to officially open Nov. 12.

Here's how LCT bills the premiere: "Durang takes characters and themes from Chekhov, mixes them up and pour them into a blender; and the result is his latest play set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Vanya and his stepsister Sonia have lived their entire lives in their family’s farmhouse. While they stayed home to take care of their ailing parents, their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star, leaving Vanya and Sonia to feel trapped and regretful. Their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra keeps warning them about terrible things in the future, which include a sudden visit from Masha and her twenty-something boy toy Spike."

Cast and design teams for both productions will be announced at a later date.


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