Part of NYTF's inaugural year in residency at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the production features a cast of 20 and an orchestra of 14. An opening night is scheduled for Dec. 9 for an engagement that continues through Jan. 3, 2016.
With music by celebrated Yiddish composer Joseph Rumshinsky, lyrics by his long-time collaborator Louis Gilrod and text by Frieda Freiman, Di Goldene Kale received critical acclaim following its 1923 debut in New York City. The score and libretto were lost during the second World War; however, with the help of music archeologist Michael Ochs and several developmental workshops, NYTF presents the first full-staged revival of the restored work in decades.
Songs and dialogue are presented in Yiddish and accompanied by English and Russian supertitles. Di Goldene Kale stars Bob Ader, Glenn Seven Allen, Lisa Fishman, Regina Gibson, Jillian Gottlieb, Cameron Johnson, Rachel Policar, Bruce Rebold and Adam B. Shapiro. Chorus/ensemble members include Jordan Becke, Adam Kaster, Jessica Kennedy, Amy Laviolette, Joseph Mace, Liza Miller, Isabel Nesti, Alexis Semevolos, Zachary Spiegel, Tatiana Wechsler and Jeremy Weiss.
The story follows Goldele, a beautiful orphaned girl who was raised in poverty and unexpectedly receives a large inheritance. With her new-found fortune, she embarks on a journey across the globe to claim her father's estate and meet her real mother, whilst potentially finding love along the way. "The US was in the midst of the Great Depression and the country needed to believe in the American Dream more than ever— and who needed it more than the immigrants of the Lower East Side who left their homelands in search of better lives," said NYTF executive director Bryna Wasserman, who co-directs with associate artistic director Motl Didner, in an earlier statement.
"The operetta was accessible to everyone," added Didner. "It’s with that same intention that we present it today."
NYTF artistic director Zalmen Mlotek serves as Di Goldene Kale’s music director/conductor. Merete Muenter choreographs, John Dinning is the set designer, Izzy Fields is the costume designer, sound design is by John Emmett O'Brien and Yael Lubetzky is the lighting designer. The show is produced by Christopher Massimine with Ken Larson as production manager and Sean Patrick as production stage manager. Casting is by Jamibeth Margolis, C.S.A.
Tickets are $40 ($35 for previews) and available by calling (866) 811-4111 or visiting nytf.org. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is located at 36 Battery Place at First Place.