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Amerike – The Golden Land

From 17 critic and 99 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful, Resonant

About the show

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presents Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld’s musical, which chronicles Jewish immigration and assimilation. More…

‘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.


"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

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

The Huffington Post

"The lively, hugely moving work is an economical, but poignant 90 minutes...The musical, a series of legendary Yiddish songs, neatly navigates the Jews’ journey from arrival, at the turn of the 20th century, through the Depression to a post-Holocaust America...This essential revival is lean and smartly paced. While it has a nostalgic element, it is never maudlin. This is reality tinged with hope. The ensemble is super-talented, all terrific singers, dancers and actors." Full Review

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

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


"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


"Now we have another show in town to remind us that immigrants get the job done. It’s everyone’s story, albeit one that is experienced by different people at different times...Wasserman has staged songs and sketches in lickety-split fashion. She’s also cast it superbly. Perlman is the standout, for his charming smile, deft singing and sharp footwork are matched by his endearing lack of guile...Be aware that Yiddish is the language of choice here...Excellent supertitles take care of that issue." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"A uniformly superb cast of 12 actors handles the demands of language, song and acting with terrific energy – briskly paced and staged by director Bryna Wasserman...Ultimately full-bodied entertainment, with a wide spectrum of pathos, dramatic substance and comedy...What does the story of the Jews have to do with the rest of us? The answer is: everything. Sure, the revue is entertaining, but beyond that it speaks to the totality of the American experience." Full Review

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

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

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

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


“In ‘Amerike,’ Allen and Marcus display their effortless skill at comedy…Stephanie Lynne Mason and Alexandra Frohlinger deserve mention, as does David Perlman, who portrays the classic Jewish schlemiel to perfection…Kahn forcefully performs several numbers...Kahn gives a moving performance, seamlessly making the transition from Yiddish rock star to portly operetta-singer on the Yiddish stage. He also excels in the comic Yiddish radio scenes.” Full Review

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

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

The New York Times

"Toggles between friendly gibes at American culture and somber accounts of past hardships. Revues typically invite more playfulness than 'Amerike' allows, though it finds its heart in moments of self-aware mugging...The musical’s attempts to encapsulate such horrors as the Triangle factory fire in three-minute songs feel rushed and didactic...'Amerike' mostly aims to educate museum-goers and share in nostalgia for Jewish-American culture of yore—and at that it succeeds." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"You are struck by three things. One, how timely this piece is; two, what amazing voices this company has; and three, there is an agenda here...The 14 actors are vocally astounding and weave this story together seamlessly...The direction and movement were well done and moved this show at a clip...The script compacts too many things into 90 minutes...What is powerful are the songs, which seem to be a jukebox of songs from the period." Full Review

Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like shows from the National Yiddish Theatre

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the subject matter

Absorbing, Enchanting, Epic, Relevant

See it if wish to see great talent and a masterful story of life in America -The Golden Land as seen/felt by the early 20th century Jewish immigrants.

Don't see it if have trouble with the language. The titles should have been larger and perhaps posted on the sides of the stage.

Also The current leter size and high pposting distarcts from the talent of ... Read more Read less

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.

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

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

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in Jewish immigration and experiences and Yiddish theater

Don't see it if You don't like to read translations or shows with religious affiliations

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

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.

Absorbing, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You like Yiddish theater

Don't see it if You don't want to read subtitles

Absorbing, Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You're curious about Yiddish musicals, 20th century Jewish immigrants.

Don't see it if You're looking for rich storytelling or an edgy musical

Also Wonderful performers, great singing ans music. A showcase of what Yidd... Read more Read less

Delightful, English supertitles

See it if if you liked Fiddler on the Roof

Don't see it if you expect the same great music of Fiddler

Also a bit difficult to follow the on-stage action and the English (and Rus... Read more Read less

Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a wonderful history of the Jewish experience in America as if the Great 2nd Ave Jewish Musical B'way were still with us.

Don't see it if this topic doesn't interest you and reading super title translations is not your thing.

Also Being Jewish and 1st generation American, I found this show very movin... Read more Read less

Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You need to refresh history of immegration

Don't see it if you can,t move your head up and down to read subtitiles ...or sit nearer to the back

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

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.

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.


See it if I loved hearing the Yiddish songs and the old time songs.

Don't see it if You don't like stories about immigrants.

Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like musicals...and enjoy learning about the early history of Jews in NYC.

Don't see it if You don't like reading subtitles...and don't enjoy musicals.

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!)

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of musicals, if you're curious about other cultures and their history and want to hear really beautiful, moving and funny songs

Don't see it if You only want to see a show in English (the show is mostly in Jewish) an aren't interested in the Jewish immigrant experience.

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.

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

Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if enjoy good singing and dancing telling an ol story that is relevant today

Don't see it if don't like supertitles are not interested in history

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.

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