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The Golden Bride

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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. More…

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.

Member Reviews (102)


Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny
Avg Score

Delightful, Nostalgic, Sweet, Great music, Great singing

See it if Wonderful old fashioned 90yo revival. Great music/talent. Well staged/choreographed. Innocent not trying to be clever. Refreshing. Cudos!

Don't see it if The subtitle should easily have been a foot lower and that would've made it easier on the eyes.

Delightful, Sweet, Old fashioned, Great singing

See it if You like romantic old fashioned musicals or operetta. The talent is excellent.

Don't see it if You aren't in the mood to read subtitles as the show is performed in Yiddish.

Lively, Entertaining, Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing

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.

Delightful, Energetic, Occasionally slow, Great singing

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.

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

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, Refreshing, Original, 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 !

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

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.

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

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

Entertaining, Over the top, Great staging, Hard on the eyes, Great singing

See it if You enjoy PHENOMENAL vocals from great actors enjoying themselves. Cute romantic comedy. Fun to see something from a different culture.

Don't see it if The up and down of reading the super-titles while trying to catch what was happening was a little exhausting. And it is very over the top.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Joyous, Great singing

See it if you enjoy operetta with great voices and a look at the Yiddish stage in New York circa 1923

Don't see it if you expect realistic characters and situations and don't like reading surtitles.

A total delight -- don't miss cameron johnson

See it if You don't have to be Jewish! The score and the staging are heavenly. Cameron Johnson, the lead baritone, is excellent and adorable

Don't see it if A trip back to the Yiddish theater in NY a century ago, Not just a period piece -- entertaining musical theater. Cameron Johnson is a star!

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want an entertaining introduction to an historical art form (Yiddish Theater) and learn more of its importance to immigrants of the time

Don't see it if You need to understand what the actors are saying and don't want to read super titles. You like nuanced characters.

Enchanting, Delightful, Original, Funny, Great singing

See it if Captivating, energetic revival of a classic Yiddish theater operetta from 1923. Vocals were out of this world; cast exuded joy & delight.

Don't see it if There are English and Russian subtitles projected above; personally, this enhanced my enjoyment. Plot was pure silliness; a fun evening!

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.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting, Great singing

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.

Charming revival of classic yiddish musical at gem of a theater with great air-conditioning

See it if you like golden-age musicals with highly melodic score, superb singing and dancing, large cast and orchestra. Funny, very light plot, a gem.

Don't see it if you simply don't do supertitles, but don't let the Yiddish language or operetta tag keep you from seeing this charmingly delightful offering

Entertaining, Funny, Nostalgic, Delightful, Great singing

See it if want to try something a bit different--it's opera meets musical comedy, want an opportunity to see some authentic Yiddish theater

Don't see it if don't like Fiddler on the Roof, operatic singing or old fashioned storytelling

Dated, Entertaining, Inconsistent, Overly amplified, Great singing

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 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.

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Dated, Great singing

See it if you like operettas, you're interested in musicals with Jewish themes, you're interested in light & fun with great singing. Intimate venue

Don't see it if you don't want to read supertitles (it's in Yiddish), you don't like operettas. Expect an audience that talks throughout the whole show, too

Delightful, Masterful, Entertaining, Enchanting, 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, Great singing

See it if you enjoy charming & funny operettas with an excellent cast.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy older style shows or reading supertitles during your theatre excursions.

Clever, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you love operettas and some great young voices. Also, if you enjoy the 20's silent film era. A must see.

Don't see it if you don't like reading subtitles as it is in Yiddish

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

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.

Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you love operetta, top-notch singing, & glimpse how Yiddish theater helped immigrants assimilate. A jewel of a production!

Don't see it if you don't like operetta or supra-titles. This is a perfect production, but if you don't like operetta who cares? But so delightful; try it!

July 29th, 2016
"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 t...
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July 13th, 2016
"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 enthrallin...
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July 10th, 2016
"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 becom...
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July 15th, 2016
"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 tha...
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