Golden Boy begins previews at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway.
The Lincoln Center Theater production is directed by Bartlett Sher and assistant directed by Noah Himmelstein, with costumes by Catherine Zuber and sets by Michael Yeargan. The cast of 19 is lead by Seth Numrich as Joe, Tony Shalhoub as Joe's father, Danny Burstein as Joe's trainer and Yvonne Strahovski as Joe's girlfriend.
The story is about Joe, a young man who is struggling on whether to follow his talent as a brilliant violinist or a prize fighting boxer.
While Odets was a successful playwright and a founding member of the Group Theatre in New York City, he apparently struggled with his own choice of making a living as a Hollywood screenwriter and the more artistic pursuit of writing solely for the stage. Golden Boy embodies this theme of his own personal struggles.
I think many of us have experienced a version of this struggle at some point: do we do what we love or love what we do? I don't mind my day job, but I think if I did what I would really love to do - work full time in the arts - I would not live in the manner to which I'm accustomed. It's a small sacrifice since at least I am afforded the opportunity to be a patron.
I have the opportunity to offer a voucher for two complimentary tickets to see a peformance of Golden Boy at Belasco between November 8th and December 13, 2012. I will randomly pick amongst commenters to this post - just tell me what you do for a living and what you'd rather do if you had the choice. I will leave the contest open through November 5th.
Golden Boy begins previews on November 8th, with an official opening on December 6th. It will play at the Belasco, on 44th Street. Tickets are available at the box offices of the Belasco or Vivien Beaumont in Lincoln Center, or online via Telecharge.