Members say: 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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Goldele was abandoned by her parents and raised by local innkeepers somewhere in the Russian Empire. After the town hears that the young lady has inherited her father’s fortune, she draws the attention of many would-be suitors. Goldele eventually finds her way to America, bringing various characters from her European shtetl with her, and sets about to find the man she will marry. After a successful run in 2015, Folksbiene brings back its revival for an encore run.

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Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"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.” Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"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." Full Review

Bob's Theater Blog

"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 " Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"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." Full Review

Village Voice

"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." Full Review

On Stage Blog

“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.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

“Feels like a throwback, and it is, a very pleasant one. The feel is similar to what I got when I went to see ‘On The Town’. It feels very of its time, and so seems quaint to a modern audience. Quaint however, in the best, least patronizing sense of the word. Charming might be a better one...If you like a good light operetta, this is for you. It had enough appeal and pizzazz for me, a non-operettist, to enjoy himself, so I can only imagine how much fun this would be if you’re in to such things.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"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." Full Review

Plays to See

“Notwithstanding the inconvenience of having to read the translations and, at times, even miss out on some of the details of the performance, and the lack of any meaningful political engagement, ‘The Golden Bride’ is brilliantly executed musical theater, overflowing with dozens of exceptionally talented actors and singers, and backed up by a very capable fourteen-piece, live orchestra...A wonderful, delightful, cheerful performance, free of politics, and well worth seeing.” Full Review

The New York Times

for a previous production "In a handsome new large-cast production, presented by the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, it’s still deeply satisfying...The fine orchestra imbues the score with warmth, while Ms. Policar and Mr. Johnson supply the show’s greatest vocal richness... This streamlined reworking of the show mostly has more frivolous things on its mind." Full Review

New Yorker

for a previous production "This muscular production is no museum piece: A buoyant, full-voiced cast of twenty, and Zalmen Mlotek’s fourteen-piece orchestra shifts effortlessly between Old World melancholia and New World swing. The plot is fluff but even at its silliest it’s an often touching time capsule of the hopes and fantasies of Jewish immigrants circa 1923. The story ends with a masquerade ball, but the whole show glows with the joy and energy of a great party." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

for a previous production "Charming in every respect…A lot of the fun in 'The Golden Bride' comes from how it combines the conventions of operetta and Yiddish theatre…This ample serving of old-time operetta schmaltz is made extra-palatable because the directors treat it with great affection and the lightest of hands. They have also assembled a cast of musical theatre pros who know exactly when to kid this material...The score is full of lively melodies -- days later, I'm still humming." Full Review

New York Theater

for a previous production "Meticulously reconstructed the silly script and the sumptuous score with a sublime 14-piece orchestra and a superb 20-member cast...What may surprise people is how delightful it all is: the Yiddish humor, the vaudeville-like gags, the rich mix of music – klezmer, waltz, opera, Russian ballads, comic numbers – the cast’s easy mastery of a foreign language...'The Golden Bride' offers food for thought and enjoyment." Full Review


for a previous production "There's little doubt that love will triumph in this winsome operetta. But it's the warmth and humor we encounter along the way that makes 'The Golden Bride' so enchanting...Like Yiddish itself, 'The Golden Bride' is an eclectic mixture that ends up being totally unique and wonderful." Full Review


for a previous production "Although not exactly Shakespeare, 'The Golden Bride' is still important and must be preserved...The buoyant score is the engine that keeps Frieda Freiman’s libretto afloat...The fact that most of the cast were not Jewish, let alone Yiddish speakers, makes their joyous, full-bodied performances all the more impressive. 'The Golden Bride' will appeal to theater mavens of all denominations. Its emotional kick is universal." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "'The Golden Bride' serves musical quality, aesthetic potency and a thoroughly entertaining evening for those that appreciate music, history and the broadening of minds." Full Review


for a previous production "This aspirational-fantasy story of Russian shtetl Jews emigrating to America is a fascinating period piece of great historical and cultural interest, as well as a robustly acted and brilliantly sung spectacle of theatrical joy, simultaneously humble and elegant, goofy and heartfelt." Full Review

American Theater Web

for a previous production "The confection—with a lighter-than-air score, a charming libretto, and slyly funny lyrics—essentially takes period uptown romantic musical comedy tropes and transfers them to a milieu that would have appealed to Lower East Side audiences of the day. The result is a slightly loopy and always lovely-sounding show that also happens to be a great example of cultural appropriation...A top-notch physical production completes the picture for this sterling revisitation to 'Golden Bride.'" Full Review


for a previous production “The greatest achievement of co-directors Bryna Wasserman and Motl Didner can be summed up in a very famous three-word phrase that’s often violated: Trust the material...Bless libretto and music editor Michael Ochs for unearthing and reconstructing the materials so we can now revel in them. Smart, too, of the production to employ Zalmen Mlotek as conductor, for no one today understands this form, era and music better than he.” Full Review

Applause! Applause!

for a previous production "'The Golden Bride' is absolutely delightful! It is an upbeat, spirited operetta featuring first class performers. The acting and singing are top-notch. All the actors are superior entertainers." Full Review

Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "In general there is a flatness to this production...For all its professionalism, 'The Golden Bride' feels like it was designed to be as inoffensive and square as possible—Yiddish-light, one might call it—for its mostly older Jewish audience. That said, as a bit of quaint musical entertainment, the show works." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "'The Golden Bride,' in Yiddish with English and Russian subtitles, looks like a tri-lingual hit...One great joy of this production is the exuberant 14-piece orchestra filling the theater with melodies that had 1923 audiences dancing in the aisles. Equally enthralling were the glorious operatically trained voices..'The Golden Bride' is a perfect holiday gift. You don’t have to be Jewish to love it. You just have to enjoy melody and charm." Full Review

Woman Around Town

for a previous production "A perfect little package of humor, charm and history…It would not be a stretch to think this show is a precursor to the better-known 'The Fiddler on the Roof'...The voices, too, are first-rate…'The Golden Bride' is a lovely confection of a musical, with romance, silliness, a missing person, and a suitor who must accomplish a Herculean task to win the love of his life, this musical confection has something sweet for everyone." Full Review

Off Off Online

for a previous production "The cast is superb and their infinite vocal talent is allowed to shine under the aegis of conductor and musical director Zalmen Mlotek with choreography and musical staging by Merete Muenter. The full-bodied singing and dancing accompanied by a live orchestra in 'The Golden Bride' is an especially rare treat in Off-Broadway theater today." Full Review

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

Delightful, Entertaining, Heart warming, Feel good, Fabulous singing

See it if You would enjoy hearing Yiddish and seeing a wonderful period piece joyfully and lovingly performed.

Don't see it if You only enjoy contemporary theatre and don't want to use subtitles.

Delightful, Great singing, Energetic, Occasionally slow

See it if you like beautiful voices and old fashioned musicals; you'd like to look through a window into a not so distant theatrical era

Don't see it if you would be uncomfortable reading subtitles while watching a foreign language play.

Entertaining, Talented ensemble, Stellar voices, Charming twenties operetta...that's still revelvant

See it if you love musicals, Jewish/Yiddish nostalgia, superb talents, or just want to have a good's delightful entertainment (for anyone!)

Don't see it if you can't handle sub-titles or light operatic singing (if you hate opera, this might not be your cup of tea)

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, 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

Delightful, Romantic, Charming, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You would enjoy operetta performed in Yiddish with English supertitles. Cast performs hit show from the 1920s.

Don't see it if You want a serious drama. This is a light-hearted show with great singing.

So much talent in a small theater!, So much talent on the stage. wonderful, strong, singing voices.

See it if You enjoy musicals/operettas. Wonderful cast having fun onstage. Super-titles explain everything. Wed. from 4-8 museum is free. Do both.

Don't see it if No sure why you would not go, unless you hate musicals or cannot read super-titles.

Entertaining, Great production, Wonderful

See it if you enjoy beautifully done productions. Great cast, direction, tech and music. It was a wonderful evening.

Don't see it if you don't like subtitles. I thought they worked great. The show's in Yiddish.

Enchanting, Romantic, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a historical piece performed in Yiddish. The voices are beautiful.

Don't see it if you want to read subtitles and don't care about theatre history.

Enchanting, Charming, Old-fashioned

See it if you want a heaping helping of schmaltz, with all the charm of a bygone era

Don't see it if you don't want to read supertitles all night

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if Truly outstanding voices and grand orchestra. Lead vocals were phenomenal. Talented and dynamic ensemble. Charming score and story.

Don't see it if you have something against old-school musical with a delightful, yet corny, plot

Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if masterfully done operetta, gorgeous singing,sentiment, emotion, farce all at once-gives you an understanding of why these shows were popular

Don't see it if no tolerance for sweet entertainment, bored with hardly surprising plots and broad characters

Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like old fashioned stories, nice music and voices, lovely costumes, preserving Yiddish theater.

Don't see it if You don't like old fashioned stories, translations above the stage, Yiddish theater.

Romantic, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You're in the mood for something light, sweet and fun

Don't see it if You don't like trying to follow subtitles during a live show

Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Lively

See it if you want the rare opportunity to see a faithful revival of a classic Yiddish musical, in its original language & w/high production values.

Don't see it if you really object to supertitles. Otherwise, this is a truly enchanting & enjoyable experience.

Masterful, Must see, Romantic, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like great musical performances and care about the struggles of immigrants assimilating into American culture; are a romantic

Don't see it if You cannot understand Yiddish and hate subtitles; Have no heart: Do not like beautiful romantic stories and big personalities

Enchanting, Refreshing, Lovely, Charming, Beautiful score, beautifully sung

See it if You like operettas, large ensembles that are well-cast and directed, tuneful and exuberant theater, simple plot that's touching. I loved it.

Don't see it if You want serious drama, don't like supertitles, are looking for a big plot, don't like old-fashioned, Yiddish Theater, romance, some farce.

Funny, Original, Refreshing, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy Yiddish theatre. Want to hear beautiful operatic voices. Like Yiddish humor.

Don't see it if You can't deal with English sub-titles placed high above the stage action so if you are looking at the words you miss some of the acting !

Enchanting, Great singing

See it if A beautiful, romantic story with lovely singing

Don't see it if You mind reading supertitles to follow the plot. You want a complex, deep or intense story.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a fine wonderfully talented & engaging cast perform a rare & ageless piece of theatre history, a fun fully realized operetta

Don't see it if You don't like operettas, things Yiddish or subtitles, charming or historical entertainments performed by a first-rate cast & orchestra.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, 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.

Delightful, Refreshing, Resonant, Romantic, Entertaining

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

Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you're interested in very-early musical theater (1923!), love the classic operettas (e.g. Victor Herbert), enjoy romantic comedies

Don't see it if you don't like soprano-heavy vocal works, have no patience for dated librettos, are not a fan of relying on supertitles

Inconsistent, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Overly amplified

See it if you are interested in Yiddish theatre or more broadly in the styles of popular entertainment of the early 20th Century.

Don't see it if you prefer a contemporary sound or have difficulty reading super-titles for works not performed in English.

Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Great singing, Great choreography

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.

Funny, Enchanting, Romantic, Great singing

See it if Enjoy operetta style, and want to see an interesting piece of historical theater.

Don't see it if don't like listening to another language, or reading supertitles.

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