Golden Boy

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Golden Boy is a play by Clifford Odets (1906-1963)[1].

The original text

A play about a boxer, it was first produced by The Group Theatre in 1937 and made into a film starring William Holden in 1939.

It was reworked as a musical with a book by Clifford Odets and William Gibson, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse, as a vehicle for Sammy Davis Jnr.

South African productions

1940: First produced in South Africa at the Pioneer Theatre, Johannesburg, directed and designed by Leo Kerz.

1947 Produced by Henry Gilbert with British professional lightweight boxing champion Eric Boon in the lead (his first and the last time as actor) and Gay Gibson. This was the last production to be performed at The Standard Theatre in Johannesburg.


Colin Naylor, 1990. Contemporary designers, p. 294.

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