FACTS ABOUT GOLDEN BOY:
Opened: Original Broadway Production - December 6, 2012
Genre: Drama, Revival
Golden Boy Director: Bartlett Sher
Golden Boy Music By: None
Golden Boy Lyrics and Book By: Clifford Odets
Theatre: Belasco Theatre
Tony Award Nominations: 0
Tony Awards Won: 0
Notes: Golden Boy was nominated for four Tony Awards during its run in 1965, including Best Musical and Best Actor.
The revival of Golden Boy was met with joy and skepticism by many in the Broadway community. The revered work of author Clifford Odets, Golden Boy inspired a 1939 film of the same name starring William Holden, as well as the basis for a Tony Award nominated musical production that debuted in 1964. The musical would only run for a handful of performances, but the story lived on as the inspiration for a number of boxing-themed movies and productions.
In late 2012, Golden Boy made its triumphant return to the Belasco Theatre stage, featuring a fabulous cast and a more dramatic air that suited the original nature of the story. The play follows the life of Joe Bonaparte, a gifted violinist who is torn between his love of music and the lucrative call of the boxing ring. Under the watchful eye of director Bartlett Sher, who has worked on productions like South Pacific and Joe Turner's Come And Gone, the show's story seems just as poignant today as it was during the 1930s, as the story of an Italian immigrant's son who yearns to climb the social ladder certainly draws many modern parallels.
The production showcases Joe's slow slip from a noted violinist to a life in the ring, betraying his inner values and the desires of his family in the process. While viewers never get to see Joe in an actual fight, the storylines under the surface and the dramatic development of Joe's character provide plenty of visceral action that can captivate audiences.
Since its debut on the Belasco Theatre stage, Golden Boy has received sterling press and many rave reviews from many in theatre community, many of whom have lauded the performance of Seth Numrich, who plays the role of Joe. In an age when countless revivals come and go on Broadway stages, Golden Boy has certainly struck a chord with theatre-goers who have been looking for a tough, gritty and honest story riddled with human emotion and the lengths that people are willing to go to achieve fame.