The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's production of Amerike — The Golden Land recently opened at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and production photos have now been released. Performances of Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld's musical began July 4 ahead of a July 10 opening night and are scheduled to continue through August 6. Bryna Wasserman directs.
The cast 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.
The production features scenic design by Jason Courson, lighting design by Yael Lubetzky, costume design by Izzy Fields, props design by Colleen Lynch, and sound design by Patrick Calhoun. Merete Muenter serves as the movement director and Eileen Haggerty the production stage manager.
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