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The Golden Bride NYC Reviews and Tickets

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

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.

Critic Reviews (29)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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July 17th, 2016

“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.”
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July 12th, 2016

“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.”
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December 9th, 2015
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."
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December 19th, 2015
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."
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December 10th, 2015
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."
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December 13th, 2015
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."
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December 9th, 2015
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."
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December 17th, 2015
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."
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December 14th, 2015
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."
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December 23rd, 2015
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."
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December 12th, 2015
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."
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December 15th, 2015
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.'"
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December 28th, 2015
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.”
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December 27th, 2015
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."
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December 21st, 2015
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."
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December 17th, 2015
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."
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December 14th, 2015
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."
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December 10th, 2015
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.”
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December 11th, 2015
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."
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December 10th, 2015
For a previous production

"But quite apart from its historical interest, 'The Golden Bride,' is an enjoyable and funny musical romp. The ensemble enthusiastically performs in more or less authentic Yiddish with some Russian bits. English and Russian surtitles are provided for the audience. The singing and the live orchestra are of good quality and the direction and set make 'Di Goldene Kale' a highly enjoyable treat and a fun show."
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December 19th, 2015
For a previous production

"Most certainly worth attending if you find yourself in the New York area... In its time, the work drew crowds not only in New York, but also on a tour of various American cities...The characters move fluidly from one culture to another, as evinced by their ability to speak a combination of English, Russian, Yiddish and Hebrew depending on context."
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