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Amerike – The Golden Land

Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful, Resonant
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National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presents Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld’s musical, which chronicles Jewish immigration and assimilation.

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‘Amerike – The Golden Land’ tells the stories of Jewish immigrants as they strive to build a new life while continuing their traditions. Featuring a score that weaves in popular songs of the day, the show is based on the experiences of real immigrants who faced the heartbreaking challenges of beginning again in an unfamiliar land. In Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles.

 
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70
Time Out New York

"The first two-thirds can feel static...But by the end, when the cast makes a plea for immigration of all kinds, the emotion has grown palpably contemporary...We’re here for deep cuts from the Yiddish songbook, and they don’t disappoint...Bryna Wasserman deftly directs the large, talented ensemble, but the best moments are solos...No nostalgic cobweb can long survive the brave sound of klezmer, played with a full heart and as loud as the clarinet can blow." Full Review

80
Lighting & Sound America

“A brisk, funny, and touching musical revue…The judiciously chosen songs powerfully evoke the tumultuous experiences of four very crowded decades…This is a golden opportunity to sample the work of the Yiddish theatre's most prominent songwriters…At this moment, especially, its essentially upbeat account of immigrants and what they contribute to American culture couldn't be more relevant. This, and its abundance of musical riches, make it a more-than-welcome visitor.” Full Review

70
New York Theater

“There are stirring moments…But one longs for more of them. The show doesn’t quite reach the heights of Folksbiene’s recent productions, which would admittedly be a tall order. A stumbling block is the surface familiarity of some of the subject matter, or what one can more bluntly call the schmaltz factor...It is important to point out that the creative team works hard to unearth period songs intelligently and present them authentically. There is also much loveliness in the production.” Full Review

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Theatre's Leiter Side

"The revival of this heartfelt tribute to Jewish immigration's place in American history couldn't come at a better time…The show's surprises lie not in its historical facts but in how appealing are its less well-known songs…The overall tone is upbeat and positive, with swelling voices, vaudeville-style choreography, and cheerful comedy. It's inescapable that the 90-minute, intermissionless show, which offers a brief klezmer concert during the curtain calls, will get a standing o." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

"As movingly, rousingly done as ever. If not more so...‘The Golden Land' has meaning for immigrants no matter from where they’ve traveled...Before the hour-and-a-half has elapsed, 12 excellent cast members, directed by Brynna Wasserman, 41 songs by any number of songwriters float by. There’s much pertinent dialogue...As the best Manhattan musicals on view these days are listed, ‘Amerike The Golden Land’ should—and will be—among them." Full Review

90
Front Row Center

"The immigrant experience for people from every land has more similarities than differences. 'Amerike–The Golden Land' manages to capture that brilliantly...A universal and leveling experience, no matter what your ethnic background...Director Bryna Wasserman keeps the pace, places and years moving quickly and recognizably…Even more remarkable are the performances of the cast...This is a show that will please the whole family from 10-year-old Junior to 90-year-old great grandma." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"A rousing, if episodic, look back. Stellar performances by 14 actors—we’re talking Broadway caliber—bring the heyday of Yiddishkeit into sharp focus...Bryna Wasserman’s direction is spot-on, and lighting shifts, photographic projections, and quickly changing period costumes enhance the production. That said, this is not a history lesson, and there is not much of a narrative thread holding the 41 song and dance numbers together." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"When Jewish immigrants first came to America from Eastern Europe, they thought the streets would be paved with gold...All this and much more is related in National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's wonderful revival...It features a seven-piece klezmer band on stage and a talented cast of 12 singers, dancers and actors who effortlessly take the audience back to a world of hunger and hope." Full Review

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Plays to See

"You get a punchy, soulful eight-piece orchestra, and a cast of 12 including chorus. And oy, mamaleh, what can these people not do?...Sure, it’s a pageant. It’s very earnest...These immigrants are not hardened or embittered, or neurotic or difficult in any way. They love each other, and they break into song regularly. But as the host demonstrates for us in her WEVD Yiddish Radio cooking show, a little schmaltz makes things transportingly delicious." Full Review

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New York Theatre Wire

"Takes us into Yiddishkeit and Yiddishland with all the requisite humor and pathos...A panoramic tapestry of Jewish immigrant life...Wasserman’s direction delineates for each actor a distinct personality in each scene and yet shapes the ensemble into flexible groupings that underscore the social aspect of the Jewish immigrant experience...The journey through the turbulent life of Yiddishland comes thus to an end and the audience like a huge family reunion is on its feet with joy." Full Review

95
BroadwayWorld

"Weaving incredible stories with fantastic songs, multimedia and choreography, the show creates a dynamic portrayal of the Jewish people who immigrated to the United States...Besides a great history lesson, this was a jam-packed, unforgettable evening of non-stop entertainment...'Amerike' is a beautiful piece of theatre. It's everyone's story...See 'Amerike' for an important reminder that will leave a smile and a song in your heart." Full Review

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80
Clever, Resonant, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if a fast-paced, nostalgic tour through the eyes of Jewish immigrants, by a marvelously skilled, energetic cast. Upbeat, but not saccharine.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a musical revue, need a plot, or hate subtitles. the show veers toward kitsch but manages to avoid it.

80
Delightful, Relevant, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you enjoy great music and insight into an immigrant experience that in many respects is no different than that of all immigrants.

Don't see it if you expect a rich story with character development.

82
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you feel connected to Yiddish, immigration and the Jewish experience.

Don't see it if you find subtitles annoying.

83
Great music, resonant, heartfelt, oddly slow at times

See it if you are interested in the Jewish immigration experience and how it might resonate with today's issues, if you like musicals.

Don't see it if You don't like subtitles with live theater.

77
Funny, Ambitious, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in the history of Jewish immigration told by talented actors and singers.Lots of belly laughs too!

Don't see it if Just see it! Very amusing and entertaining,especially on a hot day.

84
Absorbing, Must see, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you want to learn more about our immigrant population who came to our shores to find a new freedom in life. Great production!

Don't see it if you hate history.

80
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy musical reviews about the Jewish immigration experience. The Yiddish language is exceptionally expressive.

Don't see it if Subtitles can be distracting.

57
Relevant

See it if you would like to learn about the Jewish people and their history in America through song and dance.

Don't see it if what often times feels like history class may bore you.

95
Funny, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if This is a wonderful show about Immigration. It's reminds us that we are a world of many backgrounds and owe it to each other to love all.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy musicals about other other countries or have a difficult time reading subtitles. See it anyway.

90
Delightful, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing, Nostalgic

See it if you know anyone who is an immigrant or has descended from one. Though it tells a Jewish story, it is cross culturally relevant.

Don't see it if subtitles annoy you.

66
Disappointing

See it if Learn a bit about our history.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy subtitles.

79
Cliched, Great singing

See it if you have an abiding love of Yiddish songs; you're interested in a basic introduction to Jewish American history.

Don't see it if you're looking for a nuanced story; watching things in a foreign language frustrates you.

Also As I commented to my friend afterward: the production was quite shmalt... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy stirring tales of immigrants in America, well told and sung in Yiddish. Very moving with great music.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy reading supertitles if you don't know Yiddish.

69
More a time line than a story line

See it if Excellent ensemble cast. Enjoyable music Well directed

Don't see it if Limited story line. Each song is a vignette of an aspect of the immigrant experience but they totality does not make a cohesive story

Also If you do not understand Yiddish then do not sit close or it will be m... Read more Read less

93
Enchanting, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You want to see an extremely entertaining show that will transport you back in time to watch history unfold.

Don't see it if You don’t like reading subtitles as a large portion of the show is in Yiddish.

Also It’s a beautiful show from start to finish. The singers are on point a... Read more Read less

50
Funny, Confusing, Great singing

See it if You speak Yiddish or are very interested in Jewish culture/heritage.

Don't see it if You aren't okay with craning your neck to read subtitles.

Also Some very beautiful moments, but sadly most of it was lost on me.

84
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Enjoy old school Yiddish musicals with English subtitles. Want to learn recipe for grivenes and actual words to Romania Romania.vicarious ex

Don't see it if Not interested in Yiddish theater or Jewish themes

Also Get ready for a belly full of laughs and tear jerking melodrama. ... Read more Read less

94
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you enjoy historical revues particularly american history and the immigrant experience - don't mind shedding a tear at ellis island

Don't see it if you are anti-immigrant, but then you are the ones who should see it to be enlightened to the struggles all our ancestors endured

85
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like or are interested in Yiddish music or musicals.

Don't see it if you saw The Golden Bride and expect to see another musical comedy; this one is a revue.

Also Amerike is a revue about the Jewish immigrant experience through songs... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Resonant, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Klezmer music! Are interested in a musical version of the immigrant experience of the Jews of Eastern Europe.

Don't see it if You're looking for a more Fiddler experience. Don't enjoy listening to Yiddish. Hate reading supertitles.

85
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love learning about immigrants and immigration history in this country, Yiddish, the Jewish people, and great klezmer music.

Don't see it if You can't stand reading titles or watching things that are not completely in English.

82
Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if U like historical content and great singing

Don't see it if U want something funny and lite

82
Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy historical musicals.

Don't see it if you can't handle supertitiles.

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You love historical musicals, and have a love of the Yiddish language! It's a solid sung-through musical about the immigrant experience!

Don't see it if You're interested in a linear plot, fluffy material, or a show that is sung in English (although there are supertitles!)

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if appreciate talent in service of an important and sometimes lost history. The songs may be Yiddish, but the immigrant story is all of ours

Don't see it if Can't deal with supertitles