Description

Golden Roads: A New Musical About Golda Meir in 2 Acts: The Building of “Golden Roads” in Israel was an idea that came to fruition under the leadership of Prime Minister Golda Meir. She did not want ugly pavement to mark up the landscape of Israel so she decided that they should be made beautifully; with trees, flowers- everything that enhances.  Roads had to have an aesthetic appeal in this new, but yet old country.  The choice of this new title for the work previously named “Our Golda” and “My Golda” reflects the changes in the script and the journey Golda took to fulfill the dream of making  a homeland for herself and her people where they could live in peace and beauty.

Golden Roads: A New Musical About Golda Meir in 2 Acts ( for special events and fund raisers)

Video for DSOworks youtube Golden Roads
Golden Roads author and lyricist, Sharon Ohrenstein, is interviewed.

Book & Lyrics by Sharon Lesley     Music by David Ohrenstein

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Video for DSOworks Golden Roads youtube
Golden Roads, Sample the thought behind the music by its creators, Sharon and David Ohrenstein

A Musical in Two Acts. It is also written  as a  one woman show and is quite affordable for any sized audience in that form.  The composer, David, plays the piano. Artistic projections highlight the presentation.

Golda with Sheyna as Zion watches. Sharon Lesley, Ellie Pattison, Robby May
We have the option of using a small ensemble as we orchestrated it on Finale. You can see their shadows. Composer David Ohrenstein is seated at the piano. Sharon, in the all blue suit,  is featured as Golda Meir.

Golda with Sheyna as Zion watches.
Sharon Lesley, Ellie Pattison, Robby May

The life of Golda Meir is told as a love story.   Golda hears the call of Zion but she does more than follow her heart’s desire, she helps to build a new nation.  Zion is a nature spirit whose home is an undefinable space in the Middle East.  He develops a special relationship with a young woman named Golda.  We (the audience) see him and hear his words but the characters onstage only sense his presence.  He is her inspiration and guide through the ups and downs of immigrating to Palestine, creating and building the state of Israel, then finding herself elected Prime Minister – all in the search of a way to be “safe in our own home”.  Golda’s loves, deeds, sacrifices and nation saving actions are told through the eyes of the spirit who loves her, Zion.

Sheyna, Golda, and Morris rejoice arriving in A Land To Call Our Own. Ellie Pattison, Sharon Lesley, Robby May

Sheyna, Golda, and Morris rejoice arriving in A Land To Call Our Own.
Ellie Pattison, Sharon Lesley, Robby May

Characters:  

ZION (baritone)  – any age from 30 to 75.  A spirit who captures the heart of Golda.   An undefinable being thousands of years old yet, young forever.

GOLDA  (mezzo -soprano) – from age 16 – 80.  A charismatic woman of courage, boldness of action, and moral strength.  She is the mother of Israel

WOMAN 1 (mezzo) – Sheyna – Golda’s sister; Israeli settler; UN official

WOMAN 2 (mezzo) – Lou Kaddar – Golda’s personal secretary; Israeli settler

MAN 1 (tenor) – Morris Meyerson – Golda’s husband; David- 8 yr. old survivor of holocaust; Simon – Israeli Parliament member; Moshe Dayan -legendary Israeli General and Golda’s Minister of Defense;  Israeli official

MAN 2 (baritone) – David Remez – Golda’s lover; Palestine settler;  DP refugee;  David Ben-Gurion – father of Israel & Prime Minister; David Elazar – Golda’s Chief of Staff

Contact David and Sharon at DSOworks@gmail.com for details

Travel the Golden Roads with David and Sharon Ohrenstein
Writer Performers of Golden Roads David and Sharon Ohrenstein