Goldstein NYC Reviews and Tickets

(150 Reviews)
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Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Delightful

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This uplifting and heartwarming multi-generational musical explores the challenges and triumphs of an immigrant Jewish American family. 

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942 Reviews | 225 Followers
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you really like the Jewish schmaltz. If you like Jewish theater and do not care about what the material is.If you do not care about good act

Don't see it if ing.Show is too tired, not ambitious and acting fair at best. It is overloaded with the bubals and has no substance. Show was really bad.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Funny

See it if you find complex family relationships compelling. Nice music, good singing, excellent costumes. Rewarding ideas about truth & memory.

Don't see it if you believe in absolute truth. The characters choices based on their needs makes the past slide between possible truths.

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
Pretty good musical about 3 gens of dysfunctional family, but it's no "fun home"

See it if movingly shows gap btwn real & romanticized family life, tragedy of corrosive secrets; actors all pros; some songs clever/tuneful

Don't see it if last 20 mins pointless; understates monstrousness of parents crushing children's dreams; lyrics simplistic/no memorable tunes

506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if Intimate theater Great acting, So like the sagas of a family written years ago Clever T. Wilder exiting. Cast of 7 all great.

Don't see it if no weakness in the production but Reminder:. Actor's Temple is a great choice for this play but seating is as expected in a non theater

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
Schmaltzy but servicable, Some good voices, Predictable

See it if You enjoy immigrant, family stories, & want to explore themes of legacy and familial love/challenges. No new ground here, but it’s enjoyable

Don't see it if Want a more memorable score (tho music is melodic/well-performed), want a fresh look on old story about family tensions/expectations. Read more

377 Reviews | 52 Followers
Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a sweet little musical about a man's personal family history. The actors sing their hearts out and offer top notch performances.

Don't see it if you want a show with an edge or don't like musicals. Read more

361 Reviews | 80 Followers
Delightful, Cliched

See it if Presents Jewish history and family relationships over several generations. An entertaining evening, with themes that many may relate to.

Don't see it if Do not see if you expect a polished musical with memorable music and songs.

371 Reviews | 52 Followers
Inconsistent acting, Disappointing, Unfulfilled potential, Good premise, Unemotionally involving

See it if like musicals about 3 generations of a family that immigrated to the USA, their relationships, difficulties and an interesting story line.

Don't see it if you desire professional production values, consistently good acting and a script that engenders emotional identification with characters.

Critic Reviews (10)

Time Out New York
April 5th, 2018

"You’ll ingest more schmaltz than at your bubbe’s seder table with 'Goldstein'...It has heartfelt intentions—and an ideal synagogue venue—but smacks of the generic, and most of its characters are tired Jewish stereotypes. Clunky direction, Roberts’s somber songs and the production’s barely-there design do not exactly liven things up. Give thanks, then, for the committed and talented actors, including multiple Broadway vets, who put across the material as if it really were Pulitzer-worthy."
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April 5th, 2018

"Its lack of ambition ultimately leads to its downfall...Book writer Schulman shirks any sort of dramatic contrivance that would add moral and ethical fireworks into the piece...Roberts contributes a similarly flavorless score that emulates the cheerful but unadventurous sounds of 1990s off-Broadway musicals...It's not the most skilled musical, but it's an unobjectionable one."
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April 12th, 2018

"There are many moments that make 'Goldstein' the musical worthy of hearing...A multi-generational family flashback that fills in the blanks with songs...There are moments that generally stir and interest the audience...The highlights of the musical are in the more human moments...Largely it works. The evening is a pleasant exploration with a sepia touch that reminds one of sitting on grandma's plastic wrapped couch hearing the stories behind the yellowing photos in an album."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 16th, 2018

"There's rich material here, but Charlie Schulman's book is too sketchy and Michael Roberts' songs rely on basic melodies and even more basic rhymes. To be fair, there's an eleventh-hour plot twist that nobody in the audience at my performance -- me included -- saw coming...If the director, Brad Rouse, can't make anything urgent or compelling out of these family stories, his cast is reasonably solid...But this complex saga is too cursorily treated to really come to life."
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April 6th, 2018

"With the rhythm of Neil Simon and the fierceness of Philip Roth, Shulman’s solidly constructed and inventive book renders this archetypical premise with an abundance of humor, sentiment, and suspense. Roberts’ music is a tuneful assortment of melodies some of which have an appropriate ethnic flavor...Bermowitz dominates the production with her steely yet empathetic portrayal of the controlling matriarch...A small-scale entertainment that is rich in emotional resonance."
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Broadway Blog
April 5th, 2018

"The innocuous, 90-minute tuner has some great moments but tends to suffer frequently from unrealistic dialogue and elementary lyrics...What 'Goldstein' does well is question the meaning of legacy...Roberts knows his way around a catchy melody and his tunes lean toward traditional Broadway fare. With such a talented cast he could benefit from adding a few show-stopping numbers that really bring the house down."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
April 5th, 2018

"'Goldstein,' while pleasantly entertaining, doesn't add much to the genre. Its family is rather ordinary and its great romantic secret rings the bell of predictability…It takes some time to become invested in the characters, whose situations and behavior border on the clichéd and whose humor is generally as flat as a matzo. While the lyrics in several songs are quite effective, too much of the music…is generic; it could easily fit a show called 'Smith.'"
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Stage Left
April 5th, 2018

"A delightful, if too easy, new show is manna for those seeking a modern taste of the golden days of musical comedy...It is a small, simple, and tender show without explosive moments or big drama, pulsating, instead, with secrets, choices, losses, and regrets...Neither derivative nor pastiche, composer/lyricist Roberts has managed to write a lovely score on par with that golden era, with its own confident style and character, and lyrics as clever and smart as the greats delivered."
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