The musical, The Golden Land, originally created by Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld in 1984 told the ‘poignant yet joyous saga of the Eastern European Jewish immigration to America’ from their first glimpses of the Statue of Liberty through their battles for social justice and … continues through mid-century history.
Now playing at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street.
Transit: 23 St
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Myra Chanin in The Huff Post online writes:
“Now, 30 years later, Zalmen Mlotek, Moishe Rosenfeld and Jacques Levy have extended the time frame of The Golden Land to include the Holocaust and the birth of Israel and translated most of the lyrics into contemporary English. Thanks to six young, immensely talented, sexy, didn’t-grow-up-speaking-Yiddish, young performers, Bob Ader, Cooper Grodin, Stacey Harris, Andrew Keltz, Daniella Rabbani and Sandy Rosenberg, The Golden Land still delights, touches and shines. Emphasizing how the Jewish story is a quintessentially American one should extend its appeal to a younger, more diverse audience. The upbeat, melodic score made up of klezmer, Tin Pan Alley and Yiddish pop and folk melodies played by a rousing to-die-for seven-piece band will have your feet tapping all the way home.”
The Golden Land has proved to be golden with the critics — even those kvetches at the NY Times called “it a love letter to America” which the NY Post said “is sung with delicious gusto.”