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Amerike – The Golden Land

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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.

Member Reviews (99)


Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful, Resonant
Avg Score

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Also Fiddler meets Ragtime in this pastiche of Jewish Americana, well if a ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Delightful, Relevant

See it if you enjoy historical musicals.

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

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing, Clever

See it if have any interest in Yiddish theater; the show is fun (not as good as last year's Golden Bride). Timely and well cast.

Don't see it if aren't interested in an immigration story or Yiddish Theater.

Clever, Great singing, Resonant, Entertaining, Cliched

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.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

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

Don't see it if you find subtitles annoying.


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.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Ambitious

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.

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.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant

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.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, 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

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

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

Absorbing, Entertaining, Profound

See it if You like Yiddish theater

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

Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in a well-done history of Jewish immigration that is relevant for many of today's immigrants

Don't see it if Supertitles are difficult for you

Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like light hearted musical. It feels more like a wikipedia page than drama

Don't see it if you hate reading subtitles as it's mostly in Yiddish

Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Resonant

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You like rich cultural experiences grounded in history and experience; want to see immigrant experiences explored over time; love singing!

Don't see it if You think Amerike shoud be spelled with a ca . . .


See it if you enjoy musicals. This is an interesting play about Jewish immigration. If you have seen every other musical on broadway, then see this

Don't see it if you don't like musicals about jewish immigration or any religious affiliation. It was not a great musical.

Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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

Great singing, Cliched

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

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 i...
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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 ensembl...
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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 be...
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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 ...
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