The Golden Bride
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The Golden Bride

The Golden Bride NYC Reviews and Tickets

(102 Ratings)
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Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny

About the Show

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presents one of the most popular operettas of the Roaring Twenties about a beautiful young woman named Goldele. Presented in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (102)

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52 Reviews | 10 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if enjoy singing, dancing, and speak or understand some Yiddish.

Don't see it if don't like operettas.

61 Reviews | 53 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You enjoy hearing lyrics sung in a foreign language, esp 1 you're not familiar with. Great costumes, set, lovely story. Kalman is a riot!

Don't see it if You find it annoying to have to look at the supertitles above...You don't enjoy operettas and need more flash in your shows.

147 Reviews | 28 Followers
Entertaining, Delightful, Refreshing, Romantic, Resonant

See it if You want to be a part of history seeing an original Yiddish play done in Yiddish! If you like a little farce with your love story.

Don't see it if You don't like Yiddish or subtitles. If you're looking for serious drama

550 Reviews | 284 Followers
Great acting, Great choreography, Enchanting, Must see, Great singing

See it if you you want to remember melodies that will stick in your head! Great cast! Great dancing! One of the best shows around. Don't miss it!!

Don't see it if you don't want to be bothered reading supertitles.

54 Reviews | 36 Followers
Entertaining, Must see, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You speak Yiddish or are willing to read supertitles

Don't see it if You require an audience of younger folks.

83 Reviews | 118 Followers
Delightful, Great acting, Cliched, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you love to see great singing, you enjoy Russian music, and find conventional musical plots amusing, not excruciating

Don't see it if you do not like reading subtitles or require less cliched plots

180 Reviews | 367 Followers
Charming revival of classic yiddish musical at gem of a theater with great air-conditioning

See it if you like golden-age musicals with highly melodic score, superb singing and dancing, large cast and orchestra. Funny, very light plot, a gem.

Don't see it if you simply don't do supertitles, but don't let the Yiddish language or operetta tag keep you from seeing this charmingly delightful offering

114 Reviews | 52 Followers
Enchanting, Clever, Delightful, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You are interested in the history of musical theatre

Don't see it if You don't like operetta or old-fashioned shows

Critic Reviews (29)

Time Out New York
July 29th, 2016

"A summer treat to please audiences who love light theatrical nostalgia presented sincerely and sumptuously...This schmaltz is just an excuse for wonderful comedic shtick and lovely lilting songs performed spectacularly in Yiddish by a 20-member cast...To hear these numbers given the full-blown treatment they deserve is thrilling, with the leads delivering uniformly powerful vocals...No wonder audiences are eating up this effervescent entertainment like Eastern European comfort food."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 13th, 2016

"This re-revival is even more splendid and joyful than the one I saw first...One great joy of this production is the exuberant 14-piece orchestra under the jubilant baton of Zalmen Mlotek, filling the theater with endless melodies that has 2016 audiences dancing in their seats. Equally enthralling were the glorious operatically trained voices of the lovers...'The Golden Bride' will give you a golden evening. I can’t imagine who wouldn’t enjoy this joy-filled production."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
July 10th, 2016

"Under the insightful tutelage of Bryna Wasserman and Motl Didner the company performs with just the right degree of excess energy to establish the stylized, dated nature of the material without ever lapsing into parody. The pacing and enthusiasm never lag; despite the obvious theatrics, we become fully engaged with the situations, recognizing both their outlandishness and their essential truth. Corny as it is, the ending will probably defeat your efforts to hold back the eye-faucets."
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July 15th, 2016

"With a luscious, eclectic score and a deliriously frivolous libretto, it provides a time capsule of the popular Yiddish musical entertainment of its day...A lavish production with 20 actors, an orchestra of 14, attractive sets, colorful costumes, evocative choreography and skillful direction that does not condescend to the material...Forget the plot and just relax and enjoy the great singing, dancing and comedy...The uniformly talented cast is blessed with some outstanding voices "
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
July 10th, 2016

"The story itself, corny but charming, can easily be followed through the bursts of song and expressive performances by an excellent cast...Plot is not the operetta-style show’s strong point. The fun injected into the rollicking numbers and the romantic ballads drive the production, which is also spiced with comedy and a few broad performances...A boon to those who prize keeping Yiddish culture and the Yiddish language alive."
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The Huffington Post
July 17th, 2016

"An enchanting production...A pitch-perfect 20-member cast performs the beautiful score, played by an excellent 14-piece orchestra...What’s so touching is how the production bridges the chasm, fusing Jewish music and American rhythms with themes that underscored the conflicts immigrants faced. ‘The Golden Bride’ is a time capsule, culturally and politically...This energetic musical is charming and poignant. The setting is Jewish, but the story speaks to everyone.”
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On Stage Blog
July 11th, 2016

“For the sound of Yiddish language alone this musical would be worth seeing and hearing as it is, unfortunately, a rare cultural experience...The cast of 20 with their strong voices and orchestra of 14 bring up a hurricane of sounds so sweet and rich, they grab you immediately. The lightness of the music and the subject matter is combined with operatic arias, which give the genre of operetta its distinct style.”
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Village Voice
July 20th, 2016

"Brought back by popular demand. And 'popular demand' is exactly the right phrase. Though often artful, Rumshinsky's operetta has no high-art ambitions and shouldn't be misconstrued as having any...The plot resolutions of such shows were intended to provide nakhes (joy), not surprise...While 'The Golden Bride' is up on its fast-stepping, endearingly feckless feet, you can still get a little taste of the delight that must have filled Kessler's Second Avenue Theater back in 1923."
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