Danny Burstein, Yvonne Strahovski, Tony Shalhoub Set to Lead LCT's GOLDEN BOY- Opening Set for 12/6 at the Belasco Theatre
Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that Michael Aronov, Danny Burstein, Bill Camp, Sean Cullen, Dagmara Dominczyk, Ned Eisenberg, Brad Fleischer, Karl Glusman, Jonathan Hadary, Daniel Jenkins, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Dion Mucciacito, Seth Numrich, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Tony Shalhoub, Yvonne Strahovski and David Wohl will be featured in the 19 member cast of its 75th Anniversary production of the Clifford Odets classic GOLDEN BOY, to be directed by Bartlett Sher, beginning performances Thursday, November 8 and opening Thursday, December 6 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44 Street), the same theatre where the play premiered in 1937. Additional casting for GOLDEN BOY will be announced at a later date.
GOLDEN BOY is the story of Joe Bonaparte (to be played by Seth Numrich), a young, gifted violinist who is torn between pursuing a career in music and earning big money as a prize fighter. This will be a rare Broadway production for the Odets classic and the second Odets’ work to be presented by Lincoln Center Theater following its Tony Award winning revival of Awake and Sing!, also directed by Bartlett Sher, in 2006.
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’s productions for LCT, where he is Resident Director, also include last 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. This season, he will also direct the MET’s new production of L’Elisir d’Amore.