Lincoln Center’s ‘Golden Boy’ Begins Previews November 9

Lincoln Center Theatre‘s  75th anniversary revival of Clifford Odets‘ classic play Golden Boy begins previews at the Belasco Theatre on November 8 prior to opening officially on December 6.

Golden Boy will star three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) and three-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein (The Drowsy Chaperone, South Pacific, Follies), in addition to Seth Numrich (The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino) and Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck”) in a huge cast comprised of 19 actors.

Cast and Crew Bios

Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub – Theater: Lend Me a Tenor, The Scene, Waiting for Godot, Conversations with My Father, The Heidi Chronicles, The Odd Couple. Film/TV: “Monk” (Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG awards), The Great New Wonderful, Galaxy Quest, Spy Kids, The Siege, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Primary Colors, Men in Black, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Big Night, Cars.

Danny Burstein

Danny Burstein – LCT: South Pacific (Outer Critics Circle Award; Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations). Broadway: Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony Award nomination), Saint Joan, The Seagull, Three Men on a Horse, A Little Hotel on the Side, The Flowering Peach, A Class Act, Titanic and Company. Off-Broadway: Mrs. Farnsworth opposite Sigourney Weaver and John Lithgow; Psych; All in the Timing; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The Boys from Syracuse; Merrily We Roll Along; Weird Romance; Sail Away; etc. Regional: Harold & Maude, Time and Again, Harmony (Drama-Logue Award). Film/TV: HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” (directed by Martin Scorsese), Transamerica, Duane Incarnate, Deception, “Law & Order,” “Louie,” “Absolutely Fabulous,” etc. Training: UCSD (MFA), Queens College (BA), HS of Performing Arts.

Seth Numrich

Seth Numrich – LCT: On the Levee. Broadway: The Merchant of Venice. Off -Broadway: Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature), Slipping, Blind (Rattlestick), Too Much Memory (Rising Phoenix Rep), Gates of Gold (59E59), Dutch Masters (LAByrinth). Regional: The History Boys (Ahmanson Theatre), The Cure at Troy (Seattle Rep), Measure for Measure (Chautauqua Theatre Co.). International: The Judgment of Paris (NYC and Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Television: “Gravity.” Film: Private Romeo (upcoming). Teaching artist: Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEPonline.org), 2005-2011. Training: the Juilliard School.

Bartlett Sher – LCT: Resident director; Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nomination), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Awake and Sing! (Tony nomination), The Light in the Piazza (Tony nomination). Artistic director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre (2000-2010), credits there include the world premieres of Prayer for My Enemy and Singing Forest by Craig Lucas (both also Long Wharf Theatre) and Nickel and Dimed; plays by Chekhov, Wilder, Shakespeare, Goldoni and Tony Kushner. Opera: Le Comte Ory, The Barber of Seville and The Tales of Hoffman (Metropolitan Opera), Roméo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival), Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera and New York City Opera). New York: Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights); Cymbeline (2001 Callaway Award for Best Director; first American Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company), Waste (2000 Best Play Obie), Don Juan (all TFANA). He is a member of the TCG board.

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.

Golden Boy Story

Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy charts the swift rise of a gifted twenty-one-year-old violinist, Joe Bonaparte (Numrich), who is corrupted by fame and fortune when he chooses to become a professional boxer. Surrounding his hero with a gallery of sharply written characters who try to shape and guide Joe’s destiny, Odets lays out the young man’s many facets: sensitive musician, rebellious son, frustrated lover, and self-destructive champion. In the end, it is the seductive promise of the American dream that betrays Joe as it did for so many in the Depression years.

Golden Boy Performance Schedule

Golden Boy will begin previews at the Belasco Theatre on November 8 before officially opening on December 6. Tickets are now on sale.

Weekly performance schedule: Tuesdays at 8:00pm, Wednesdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm.

Beginning December 10: Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Wednesdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm.

GOLDEN BOY

Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, Awake and Sing!) returns to Lincoln Center to helm yet another Clifford Odets masterpiece in a 75th anniversary production of Odets' rarely produced play, starring Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and Danny Burstein (The Drowsy Chaperone).

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