Golden Boy

by  Clifford Odets, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, William Gibson

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  17m, 4f

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

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    17m, 4f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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".
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Accolades

  • Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1965.

Reviews

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

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
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Orchestra Size: Large

Song Samples

Workout
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Night Song
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Everything's Great
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Gimme Some
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Stick Around
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Don't Forget 127th Street
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Lorna's Here
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This is the Life
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Golden Boy
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While the City Sleeps
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Colorful
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I Want to be With You
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Can't You See It?
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No More
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Finale / The Fight
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Casting

17m, 4f

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

LOPEZ

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Cast Attributes

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

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Score
21 Chorus Books

Reed 1
Reed 2
Reed 3
Reed 4
Trumpet 1 & 2
Trumpet 3
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
Percussion
Violin ABC (3 Books)
Viola
Cello
Bass
Drums

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Authors

Clifford Odets

Clifford Odets

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, Fra ...

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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 ...

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William Gibson

William Gibson

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

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