Goldstein NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(150 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
11%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Delightful

About the Show

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

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Member Reviews (150)

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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.

92
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

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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Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
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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TheaterScene.net
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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T
April 6th, 2018

"'Goldstein' is a quaint, bittersweet musical that moves seamlessly from humor to tragedy...There are no big, show-stopping numbers but instead light tunes that don’t get in the way of the plot...Among the nice touches is the use of the center aisle as a pathway for death and birth. Owen is eminently likable as the narrator, a man facing his own personal issues, while McGinnis proves once again that she has a magical voice."
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Village Voice
April 10th, 2018

"Warm yet almost entirely oomph-free new musical...It's not that Schulman needs to supply soap opera twists and huge reveals. But if these are the secrets, sins, and disappointments, we should feel their impact. Instead, Schulman seems eager to assure us at every turn that these are decent, diligent folk, all things considered...Adding to the show's too-safe feeling are the subdued performances in Rouse's staging and the determinedly inoffensive nature of Roberts's score."
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