Golden Boy: Clifford Odets' revival arriving in Nov 2012

Lincoln Center are to present the 75th Anniversary production of the Clifford Odets' classic Golden Boy, to be directed by Bartlett Sher, opening on Broadway on 3 Dec 2012, following previews from 8 Nov 2012, at a theatre to be announced.

Clifford Odets' 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.

Cast and design team for Golden Boy will be announced at a later date.

The play premiered on Broadway in 1937 at the Belasco Theatre, and This will be a rare Broadway production for the Odets' classic which originally premiered on Broadway in 1937 at the Belasco Theatrection was directed by Harold Clurman, and starred Luther Adler as 'Joe Bonaparte.'

The play received its only revival in 1952, when it was directed by Clifford Odets himself, and starred John Garfield as 'Joe Bonaparte.'

Golden Boy has twice been made into a movie. The first was in 1939, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, it starred William Holden as 'Joe Bonaparte.' A german The second was released in West Germany in 1962, starring Klaus Kammer as 'Joe with direction by John Olden.


Clifford Odets (1906 - 1963) dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to become an actor. As one of the original members of the New York City-based left-wing ensemble, the Group Theatre, Odets found his true calling as a playwright who explored the pressing social issues of the day. He used a taxi drivers' strike as the inspiration for his (and the Group Theatre's) first breakout success, 'Waiting For Lefty.' This first play was followed by 'Awake and Sing!,' 'Till The Day I Die,' 'Paradise Lost,' 'Golden Boy,' 'Rocket To The Moon,' 'Night Music,' 'Clash By Night,' 'The Big Knife' and 'The Country Girl.' He also wrote many screenplays including the film adaptation of the novel 'Sweet Smell of Success.'

Bartlett Sher directed LCT's 2006 Tony Award winning production of Odets' 'Awake and Sing!.' His other productions for LCT, where he is Resident Director, include this season's 'Blood and Gifts,' 'Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown,' 'Joe Turner's Come and Gone,' Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'South Pacific' (Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical) and 'The Light in the Piazza.' His other NY productions include 'Prayer for My Enemy' at Playwrights Horizons, 'Cymbeline,' 'Waste,' 'Don Juan' and 'Pericles,' all for Theatre for A New Audience, and the Metropolitan Opera productions of 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia,' 'Les Contes d'Hoffman' and 'Le Comte Ory.' Next season he will direct the MET's new production of 'L'Elisir d'Amore.'

Clifford Odets"Bartlett Sher"

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