The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has released a new trailer featuring footage from Amerike — The Golden Land, which opens tonight at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Directed by Drama Desk nominee Bryna Wasserman, this reconceived production of Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld's musical (originally The Golden Land) features Glenn Seven Allen, Alexandra Frohlinger, Daniel Kahn, Dani Marcus, Stephanie Lynne Mason, David Perlman, Jessica Rose Futran, and Christopher Tefft. Maya Jacobson, Alexander Kosmowski, Raquel Nobile, Isabel Nesti, Grant Richards, and Bobby Underwood round out the cast.
With a score that weaves in popular period songs heard on the radio and in the theaters along Second Avenue, the show re-creates an authentic soundscape of New York's Lower East Side and of the outer-borough neighborhoods toward which the Jewish population gravitated. Its book incorporates the stories and observations of real-life immigrants collected by Mlotek and Rosenfeld — people who, like the vast majority of American immigrants, faced the heartbreak of starting over and the challenges of confronting poverty and racism, both abroad and in their new home.
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