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Golden Boy - Full Length Musical, Drama

Golden Boy

Lee Adams, William Gibson, Clifford Odets, Charles Strouse

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Full Length Musical, Drama

17m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573680175

Book by William Gibson and Clifford Odets
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams

A rousing musical play adapted from Clifford Odets' classic drama.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Adaptations (Stage & Screen)

Time Period - 1930s

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1965.
A rousing musical play adapted from Clifford Odets' classic drama, beginning and ending with the rhythmic, breathing exhaust of the prizefight ring. Sammy Davis had the lead role of Joe Wellington, a young black man from Harlem trying to rise up out of the ghetto to fame in the brutal world of boxing. But he makes one mistake: falling in love with his manager's girl, Lorna, a seen-it-all white woman whom he loves not wisely but all too well. Songs in this outstanding score include "I Wanna Be With You", "This Is the Life", "Night Song", and "Colorful".


REVIEWS:

"A knockout, not only for the whirling excitement of its action but for the powerful punch in its comment." - The New York Times

"Mr. Strouse's music is still in your head when you wake up the next morning, and you feel the urgent need to go buy a recording of 'Golden Boy.' Musical aficionados are always looking to fall in love with an unfamiliar show; this production provides a genuinely golden opportunity to fall hard." - The New York Times, Read More

"From the dazzling opening, 'Workout,' to the acerbic 'Don't Forget 127th Street,' the tour de force 'Can't You See It?,' and the haunting 'I Want to Be With You,' the Charles Strouse music and Lee Adams lyrics packed a punch.'" - Backstage


Golden Boy was first presented on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in September of 1964.

Characters

CASTING

17m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

JOE
LORNA MOON 
TOM MOODY
ROXY GOTTLIEB
TOKIO
RONNIE
WELLINGTON
ANNA
FRANK
EDDIE SATIN 

LOPEZ

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Large

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

1 Piano/Conductor Score
21 Chorus Books


Reed 1
Reed 2
Reed 3
Reed 4
Trumpet
Trombone
Percussion
Violin ABC (3 Books)
Viola
Cello
Song Samples

Workout

Night Song

Everything's Great

Gimme Some

Tick Around

Don't Forget 127th Street

Lorna's Here

This is the Life

Golden Boy

While the City Sleeps

Colorful

I Want to be With You

Can't You See It?

No More

Finale / The Fight

Videos
  • Sammy discusses GOLDEN BOY Overture

  • Sammy Davis and Charles Strouse- "Stick Around"

  • "I Want to Be With You/ Lorna's Here" Jazz@LCT

  • Alan H. Green - "Night Song"

  • Charles Strouse discusses GOLDEN BOY

Author(s)
Lee Adams

Lee Adams

Lee Adams is an American lyricist best known for his musical theatre collaboration with Charles Strouse. Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Adams received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University and a Master's from Columbia University.Adams won Tony Awards in 1961 for Bye Bye Birdie and in 1970 for Applause. In addition, he wrote the lyrics for All American, Golden Boy, It's a Bird.. ... view full profile

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Charles Strouse

Charles Strouse

The music of Charles Strouse has touched the life of almost every American in the last half century. There may be no other living composer from America's songbook whose work is as integrated into the popular culture as that of Charles Strouse. His music has attracted top recording artists such as Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Harry Connick, Jr., Jay–Z, Louis ... view full profile

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Reviews
Charles Strouse 5/29/2015 9:28 AM
One of the more underrated shows of all time.
Jon Putzke 8/7/2014 3:39 PM
Great show. Great score. Needs to be done more often!
Jessica Palmarozza 9/13/2013 6:09 AM
In this play turned musical, Odets has written fiesty characters. Joe's ballsy rapport with his manager, Moody, is an indication of his fierce ambition and even fiercer right hook. Joe's trajectory to fame is set against his father's hopes for a musical career for his son, and the disastrous consequences of Joe's fighting career suggest to the audience that he really ought to have stuck to the violin. Odets' preaching against fame and the capitalist vision of success is slightly more subtle than in his other half bake polemical plays like "Waiting for Lefty", although Joe's final realization moment is melodramatic and a little silly. Like many of the plays of the thirties, fast cars are the ultimate symbol of excess and are used to symbolize Joe's superficial tendencies.
The ring is not the only stage on which the characters must fight. Lorna, Moody's "Tuesday night" girl must survive in the seedy masculine world of prizefighting. Relationships between men and women are violent and threatening although the sweetness between Siggie and his wife is designed to counter this. Golden Boy is a difficult play to love because the world Odets portrays is so ghastly. No one is likable and no one achieves anything. Although the dialogue is compelling, the play like its characters, struggles to achieve.

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