The Golden Bride
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The Golden Bride
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The Golden Bride NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(102 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
2%
Negative
2%
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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Member Reviews (102)

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866 Reviews | 898 Followers
85
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.

841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
75
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
89
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.

501 Reviews | 127 Followers
85
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.

465 Reviews | 256 Followers
95
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.

463 Reviews | 128 Followers
84
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 !

449 Reviews | 115 Followers
88
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.

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
90
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.

Critic Reviews (29)

Time Out New York
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 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."
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Theater Pizzazz
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 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."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
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 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."
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B
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 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 "
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
July 10th, 2016

"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."
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The Huffington Post
July 17th, 2016

"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.”
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On Stage Blog
July 11th, 2016

“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.”
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Village Voice
July 20th, 2016

"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."
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