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".
"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.