The Golden Bride, Di Goldene Kale in Yiddish, first opened on New York Lower East Side in 1923 at the famous Second Avenue Theater. It was an instant hit with the city’s large Yiddish-speaking population, and was soon performed across the United States and even in Manchester, England and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The operetta, composed by virtuoso Joseph Rumshinsky, remained popular into the ’40s before falling out of performance. The Golden Bride tells the story of the beautiful young woman, Goldele (Rachel Policar), abandoned as a child in Russia. She receives an unexpected inheritance, and sets off on a journey from her shtetl to across the seas in America to claim her estate, find her mother and to be united with her love.
The familiar characters and kindred spirits on stage made The Golden Bride popular with Eastern European immigrants. Now, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s revival – the first in seven decades – is thrilling lovers of operetta and theatre and has critics raving. The naivete of the characters gets lusty laughs from the knowing crowd, while the operatic numbers evoke loud applause. Directed by Bryna Wasserman and Motl Didner, and with an orchestra conducted by Zalmen Mlotek, a full cast of 20, costumes, staging and choreography, The Golden Bride is the biggest thing on the Yiddish stage in decades! The Golden Bride received 2 Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical.