See it if enjoy being moved by tales of Holocaust survivors or beautiful music whose lyrics clearly move the story line along.
Don't see it if you don't like incredibly talented singers or tales of survival
See it if you are or attracted to historical pieces. Very timely story. Strong score with a great cast.
Don't see it if you are not in the mood for a Holocaust show.
"'The Gold' feels like a musical mashup of 'Golden Boy' and 'Sophie's Choice'...The score is the creation of Philip Yosowitz, who collaborated on the serviceable book with Andrea Lepcio. Yosowitz can write a syrupy ballad like nobody's business, but he tends to make more baffling choices with his up-tempos...Still, a very talented cast (under the clear and efficient direction of Spiro Velpoudos) delivers moving and memorable performances."
"Yosowitz and Lepcio have created a contemporary epic, but without the clarity of purpose and just plain breathing room such a piece needs to thrive...This is a case where less probably would be more. Much the same is true of the score...The cast, thankfully, is strong...It's nonetheless smartly conceived and thoughtfully structured with an eye toward the classics; this is one of the few musicals at NYMF this year that has actually, and completely, felt like a real musical.”
“The kind of thing Oscar dreams are made of: it has boxing, decades-spanning melodrama and Nazis, but what’s remarkable is that despite all of these elements it’s a rather sophisticated piece of storytelling that goes beyond being just 'inspirational'...Despite the often clunky blocking by director Spiro Velpoudos, ‘The Gold’ features stunning music and lyrics by Philip Yosowitz that perfectly capture a person’s desperate need to remain alive, even if all the odds are against them.”
“It’s a very old-fashioned musical with a sweeping epic score that is dated...The dialogue is silly and the timeline is laughable…‘The Gold’ must be trimmed, perhaps losing some characters and cutting some songs...Spiro Veloudos had a grand task in directing, and making sense of the overall picture seemed to be on the back burner, instead he chose to home in on the individual plot points…‘The Gold’ has problems. Some fixable. Some unavoidable.”
"While the subject of the show is one that must never be forgotten, its structure is one that needs further refinement…The present edited version consists of a series of increasingly choppy vignettes and many short songs, which lack narrative flow, intimate focus, and a full fleshing out of the characters and situations…The score is evocative, but the lyrics and rhymes are overly simple, too often lacking the depth of their profound themes."