Belasco Theatre, (12/06/2012 - 1/20/2013)

First Preview: Nov 09, 2012
Opening Date: Dec 06, 2012
Closing Date: Jan 20, 2013
Total Previews: 30
Total Performances: 53

Category: Play, Drama, Revival, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer)

Written by Clifford Odets

Directed by Bartlett Sher; Assistant Director: Noah Himmelstein

Scenic Design by Michael Yeargan; Costume Design by Catherine Zuber; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Sound Design by Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg; Associate Scenic Design: Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams; Assistant Scenic Design: Jisun Kim; Assistant Costume Design: David Newell and Ryan Park; Assistant Lighting Design: Caroline Chao, Jeanne Koenig and Karen Spahn; Assistant Sound Design: Benjamin Furiga

LCT Managing Director: Adam Siegel; LCT General Manager: Jessica Niebanck; Company Manager: Bruce Klinger; LCT Associate General Manager: Meghan Lantzy

Stage Manager: Jennifer Rae Moore; Production Manager: Jeff Hamlin; Technical Supervisor: William Nagle and Patrick Merryman; Associate Prod. Mgr: Paul Smithyman; Assistant Stage Mgr: Lisa Ann Chernoff

LCT Director of Casting: Daniel Swee; Fight direction by B. H. Barry; LCT Executive Director of Development & Planning: Hattie K. Jutagir; LCT Director of Marketing: Linda Mason Ross; General Press Representative: Philip Rinaldi; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Dialect Coach: Deborah Hecht; Photographer: T. Charles Erickson; Video Services: Fresh Produce Productions; Videographer: Frank Basile

This production is dedicated to the memory of Ben Gazzara

Opening Night Cast

Michael AronovSiggie
Danny BursteinTokio
Demosthenes ChrysanLewis
Anthony CrivelloEddie Fuselli
Sean CullenDrake
Dagmara DominczykAnna
Ned EisenbergRoxy Gottleib
Brad FleischerPepper White
Ensemble
Karl GlusmanCall Boy
Ensemble
Jonathan HadaryMr. Carp
Daniel H. JenkinsBarker
Ensemble
Danny MastrogiorgioTom Moody
Dion MucciacitoSam
Ensemble
Seth NumrichJoe Bonaparte
Vayu O'DonnellDriscoll
Ensemble
Lucas Caleb RooneyFrank Bonaparte
Ensemble
Tony ShalhoubMr. Bonaparte
Yvonne StrahovskiLorna Moon
David WohlMickey
Ensemble

Understudies: Demosthenes Chrysan (Mr. Bonaparte), Sean Cullen (Tom Moody), Diane Davis (Anna, Lorna Moon), Karl Glusman (Joe Bonaparte, Pepper White), Christopher McHale (Barker, Drake, Lewis, Mickey), Dion Mucciacito (Frank Bonaparte, Siggie), Andrés Munar (Call Boy, Driscoll, Sam) and Vayu O'Donnell (Tokio)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2013 Best Revival of a Play [nominee] 

Produced by Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer)

 2013 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play [nominee] 

Danny Burstein

 2013 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play [nominee] 

Tony Shalhoub

 2013 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 

Bartlett Sher

 2013 Best Scenic Design of a Play [nominee] 

Michael Yeargan

 2013 Best Costume Design of a Play [nominee] 

Catherine Zuber

 2013 Best Lighting Design of a Play [nominee] 

Donald Holder

 2013 Best Sound Design of a Play [nominee] 

Sound Design by Marc Salzberg and Peter John Still

Drama Desk Award

 2013 Outstanding Revival of a Play [nominee] 

Produced by Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer)

 2013 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Tony Shalhoub

 2013 Outstanding Set Design [nominee] 

Michael Yeargan

Theatre World

winner 2013 Award [recipient] 

Yvonne Strahovski

Reviews


AP: "'Golden Boy' returns with golden touches"

Four months after Mike Tyson muscled his way onto a Broadway stage, the bell has rung for another show featuring a boxer. Guess which is better? It's not even close.

A dazzling revival of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" opened Thursday, still packing a punch after 75 years. Tyson could do well to watch how to successfully put together a show about the rise and fall of a boxer.

This Lincoln Center Theater production, directed with verve and spark by Bartlett Sher, is appropriately housed at the Belasco Theater, the same place where it premiered in 1937.

Back then, audiences saw Luther Adler play the doomed boxer Joe Bonaparte and Frances Farmer portray his love interest, Lorna Moon. This season, Seth Numrich dons the gloves admirably and Yvonne Strahovski makes a remarkable Broadway debut as Moon.

The three-act play about a young man torn between his natural talent as a violinist and the fast money and fame of being a boxer sounds like it could be a clunky allegory, but Odets layered in some stunning lines and reduced the sappiness by keeping some of the pivotal scenes off the stage.

Tony Shalhoub is a stand-out as Bonaparte's father, a role whose lines are written in broken Italian-accented English which could be a disaster in the wrong hands ("feela good" and "I giva-a you.") But Shalhoub is so skilled that only a deeply felt character emerges.

Numrich, who starred as the young farm boy Albert Narracott in "War Horse," is a nimble former "shrimp with glasses" here, maintaining his air of insecurity despite a toned physique and a solid left hook. The actor nicely does impetuousness and brashness, but also you can feel his inner tumult at betraying his father.

There are also nice turns by Anthony Crivello as a slithery hood, Danny Burstein as Bonaparte's trainer, and Brad Fleischer as a loopy rival boxer — but Strahovski is a revelation.

An Australian more known for TV roles, Strahovski makes as headturning a Broadway debut as another notable blonde, Nina Arianda in the 2011 revival of Garson Kanin's screwball "Born Yesterday." Strahovski nails the accent, the physicality, the vulnerability and the put down: "What exhaust pipe did he crawl out of?" she asks about the slithery hood.

Great sets by Michael Yeargan that include boxing rings populated by sparring, muscular men and realistic tenement buildings and threadbare offices, costumes by Catherine Zuber that are boxy and masculine while always flattering Strahovski, and dim, moody lighting by Donald Holder all contribute to a gloomy gorgeousness.

Sher has embraced the realism of this dark world — the sweat, gore and rushes of blood to the head. There are passionate kisses but always a lingering threat of violence. The place reeks of leather and failure.

Or, as Odets beautifully summed it up: "This boxing racket is a ghost — it's the city dumps with a buncha scrawny pelicans scratching around for bits of food."


AP
12/06/2012

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