Amerike – The Golden Land
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Amerike – The Golden Land

Amerike – The Golden Land NYC Reviews and Tickets

(98 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (98)

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506 Reviews | 1000 Followers
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. Read more

445 Reviews | 67 Followers
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful

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. Read more

441 Reviews | 72 Followers
Delightful, Great singing, Relevant, Cliched

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.

414 Reviews | 59 Followers
Riveting, Entertaining, Delightful, Nostalgic, Great singing

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.

356 Reviews | 108 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

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.

366 Reviews | 92 Followers
Entertaining, Ambitious, Relevant, Well-cast, Earnest

See it if An interesting alternate view of early 20th Century history from the Jewish immigrant's POV interests. Large capable cast, enthusiastic band

Don't see it if You've no interest in the Jewish diaspora in the US or an evening of Yiddish songs with subtitles. Vaudeville aside, heavy on the schmaltz. Read more

289 Reviews | 92 Followers
Delightful, Exquisite, Funny, 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.

285 Reviews | 32 Followers
Entertaining, Delightful, Relevant

See it if you enjoy historical musicals.

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

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
August 3rd, 2017

"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."
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Time Out New York
July 20th, 2017

"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."
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July 10th, 2017

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 18th, 2017

“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.”
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Theatre is Easy
July 10th, 2017

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
August 14th, 2017

"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."
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July 10th, 2017

"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."
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Front Row Center
July 11th, 2017

"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."
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