Broadway Has a New “Golden Boy”

Talk about theater that packs a punch. Broadway is gearing up for the opening next week of the Clifford Odets classic “Golden Boy” at the Belasco Theatre, in a production presented by Lincoln Center Theater.

“Golden Boy” is the story of Joe Bonaparte (Seth Numrich, of LCT’s “War Horse”), a gifted violinist who sees his future not in a concert halls, but a boxing ring, where he intends to earn big money as a prize-fighter.

The Belasco is the same theater where “Golden Boy” had its acclaimed debut 75 years ago; the 1939 film was William Holden's breakthrough role. This is a rare Broadway production for the Odets classic, and it’s the second Odets work to be presented by LCT following the Tony Award-winning revival of “Awake and Sing!,” also directed by Bartlett Sher, in 2006. 

The cast of 19 includes Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub as Joe’s father, three-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein (“South Pacific”) as Joe’s trainer and Australian screen actress Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s “Dexter”) as love interest Lorna Moon.

On Nov. 29, Lincoln Center will host a free chat open to the public with director Sher and Walt Odets, the author’s son. The event takes place at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. has some fascinating background on the drama hereBelow, one of LCT’s promos for the production, which is now in previews.

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