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The Golden Bride

From 29 critic and 102 member reviews
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Forbes on Film & Footlights

for a previous production “May well be the most delightful musical in town. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s production, extravagantly tuneful, perfectly cast, and exceptionally well-paced sets one searching for superlatives...The whole has been astutely directed by Wasserman and Didner to bring out all the fun and poignancy of the original without ever resorting to camp or disrespecting the source material...This show is utterly beguiling with nary a dull moment.” 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

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

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

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

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

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


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 “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

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

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

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

Broadway Showbiz

for a previous production "Delightful, visually beautiful, charming and lovely…I particularly loved that this show is being performed at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which is mostly a museum dedicated to the Holocaust. Is it a bit unusual to present a light-hearted musical comedy on such premises? Perhaps. But is it also beautifully symbolic of the power of laughter in difficult times and the importance of culture and the stories of our ancestors? Absolutely." Full Review


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