Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Disappointing, Delightful

About the show

The songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter (of the Grateful Dead fame) come to the stage in this new musical, the fantastical and comedic tale of a legendary swindler.

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'Red Roses, Green Gold' tells the story of Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers as they gamble their way to love and riches in 1920s Maryland. The musical features a cast of eight actor-musicians. While the bulk of its songs were composed by Hunter and Garcia, the musical also features contributions from Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Greg Anton.

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The New York Times

“The good news is that the songs, which lean heavily on a classic Americana sound, are effective in a sit-down, smoke-free theatrical context...Unfortunately, Mr. Mann has shoehorned them into a cartoonishly corny story...The zany mood is furthered by Rachel Klein’s bouncy staging...As manic as the goings-on are, they cannot entirely detract from the music...The songs are drenched in folk, country and blues, and rendered quite well by the multitasking cast, which plays all the instruments.” Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"The featherweight endeavor crams some two dozen beloved Dead songs into a flimsy narrative that wouldn't sustain an animatronic theme-park attraction. The book must have been written under the influence of the band's favorite illicit substances...The sketchy storyline mainly provides an excuse for the actor/musicians to deliver the numbers...The renditions here leave much to be desired. Many are delivered in a frantic, over-amplified style that robs them of their charm." Full Review


“’Most enjoyable when Klein makes the show into a good old-fashioned rock concert...When the story doesn't intrude, the show and its performers deliver genuine excitement...Whether it's worth wading through a drawn-out plot to get to those performances will depend on how invested you are in the music...Those looking for an entertaining story to go with the music may want to ‘turn around and leave and walk away.’” Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"Is it possible to make an entertaining jukebox musical out of the songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter? Not under these circumstances...One of the most glaringly incompetent musical books in recent times...The performers, all of whom are gifted musicians, do their best, but all night long they must fight the noise made by the projectors...Thus, an already flat, convoluted script is made even less compelling...Garcia, Hunter, and the others at least deserve something better than this." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"It’s about a family from a few decades before the rock advent that plays Grateful Dead classics and thereby stays together...A good deal of fun for the Deadheads in the audience, of course, but others not so caught up in the country-rock band’s mighty thrall will also be entertained. Since the venerated originals don’t do much these many years on, here’s a more than acceptable fun substitute.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“’Red Roses Green Gold’ has all the beauty marks and all the scars of a jukebox musical. There are wonderful songs...The music is admirably performed, not by a tribute band, but by a diverse ensemble of eight actor/musicians (five men and three women) who bring their own interpretations to the material...And a storyline so poorly conceived and executed that it almost ruins the fun...Fortunately, these folks can sing and strum a mean streak.” Full Review


"A very good Dead cover band takes a tour of the band’s hits...Sorry to say, the good music comes wrapped in decidedly un-good nonsense...On the plus side, Kovach has used the space well, with an open, colorful setting...Chimenti’s arrangements do justice to the catalog of songs...'Red Roses, Green Gold' isn’t so much a long strange trip as it is a brief tumble into cozy, pain-free nostalgia." Full Review


"It’s terrifically performed and snappily presented but lasting close to two and half hours including an intermission and with encores, the tired plot makes it less then enthralling...Though it’s wonderful experiencing such spirited renditions of Grateful Dead classics by the talented ensemble, 'Red Roses, Green Gold' doesn’t really cohere into a satisfying work of musical theater." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"You might well be pleased by its tunefulness, but you’ll also have a fair amount of trouble deciphering the lyrics, which makes it doubly hard to understand how they fit into the silly plot...It often can’t decide whether it just wants to be a cover band concert or an actual musical, a problem Rachel Klein’s rather uninspired direction does little to solve...You might have a perfectly good time at 'Red Roses, Green Gold,' even if it’s less a diamond in the rough and more fool’s gold." Full Review


"There is little pretense for the songs to connect meaningfully to the text or to defining any of the corn-ball characters such as they are. However, this raucous showcase gives its multi-talented cast of eight every opportunity to keep the ridiculous plot going...I doubt if the fans will care how well the songs are integrated into the farcical fable." Full Review

Musical Theater Review

"Despite a clunky book, it makes for a lively hoedown-cum-quasi-rock concert kind of show...The infectious twang of the music and the talents of the eight-person cast, who are in effect the band as well, give the show an energy that can be appreciated by more general audiences...While they can’t lend the goings-on much credibility, the general affability of the cast makes it tolerable, and once the music begins again, all is forgotten and forgiven." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

"The familiar songs that drive the plot have been reworked with new arrangements that capture the genuine folk spirit of old-time Americana...All eight actors play an astonishing array of electric and acoustic instruments, bring full-out emotion to the songs, and deliver spot-on harmonies...Klein keeps the story flowing and the characters moving with high-energy direction and choreography...An entertaining reimagining of the nostalgic and transportive music of the Grateful Dead." Full Review

Theater Life

"All of this is somewhat confusing. But it does allow the versatile cast to burst into song many, many times. There’s rock, country, folk, blues, and a few ballads that are tuneful and moving. All of them will be recognized by Deadheads and appreciated by others..The rustic set sits uneasily with the psychedelic lighting. And the costumes often leave the audience wondering where and when all these shenanigans are taking place. But the antic antic action and its accompanying music never stop." Full Review

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Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Loud, Western

See it if you love the music of the Grateful Dead or shows with a western theme.

Don't see it if you don't like the music of the Grateful Dead or shows with a western theme.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Awful sound

See it if You want to hear music by the Grateful Dead regardless of how poorly it is performed.

Don't see it if You are expecting to enjoy wonderful Grateful Dead music. Actors seemed to be shouting the songs or maybe it was a really bad sound system.

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Dated, Fluffy

See it if if you like the grateful dead as it is their music and mostly just that. It is not very well presented.

Don't see it if your better off seeing the grateful dead movie, rather then seeing this. it is not well staged, acted or executed. It was boring and had no

Funny, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want to see a creative performance of the Grateful Dead. You wanna see a rock show with a small plot.

Don't see it if You are looking for more plot and substance

Disappointing, Slow, Strong ensemble

See it if you're a Deadhead because you'll find things to appreciate. The plot is barely there and kinda bizarre but the ensemble rocks.

Don't see it if you want a musical with a compelling plot. The songs are shoehorned into breaks of dialogue and do nothing to advance the story.


See it if enjoyable and appropriate for the whole family .The music was awesome, the acting.... not quite. The plot is forgettable, but it is fun.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Jerry Garcia's music, or if you are expecting to see something spectacular or thought- provoking.

Good staging, Over-acting, Excellent musicians, Corny story, Deafening music

See it if you like jukebox musicals with the music and sounds of Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, and the Grateful Dead woven into a comical story line.

Don't see it if don't like the Grateful Dead or can't deal with deafening music drowning out lyrics which don't contribute to the superficial plot anyway.

Also This show is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Jerry Garcia, Ro... Read more Read less

Terrific singers and musicians. good staging and good music.

See it if You love Grateful Dead songs and good folky blues music if you're not familiar with the Dead.

Don't see it if You want a traditional book musical.

Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Cheesy, Great set/lighting

See it if You're a Grateful Dead fan or enjoy country music. Talented singers give energetic performances of old favorites in a hokey watchable story.

Don't see it if You don't care for the Grateful Dead or country tunes in general. If you are going for a thought provoking serious plot, this isn't for you.

Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like Jerry Garcia's (Grateful Dead) music. Performers -amazing - they played all the instruments, acted danced like true prosfessionals

Don't see it if you need a well plotted and interesting story. Don't see it if you only want to see serious theater.

Entertaining, Fun, Great musicians

See it if You can ignore terrible sound design, a cheesy storyline, and overacting and appreciate the strong musicians and fan favorite Dead songs

Don't see it if You couldn't care less about the Dead

Also Sit in the orchestra level - some performers go into the audience and ... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you can enjoy a clever version of the Dead Songs. Country must be in your blood. All versatile and good singers Set is fine.

Don't see it if you are a pure Dead Head or a country music fanatic. Story is inane. Dialogue needs work.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great musicians

See it if you can enjoy great music performed by a talented cast even if the plot is weak and has nothing to do with the music.

Don't see it if you like a musical where the songs further the plot or you don't like the Grateful Dead.

Also I have to be honest: aside from a few songs, I knew nothing of the Gra... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are a big fan of the Grateful Dead or just love to see young actors with a tremendous amount of talent! Talent oozes from everyone!

Don't see it if you do not want an intimate setting with GD music. BUT, these performers could make you love the show with their multi-talented presence...

Strong singing, Fun jukebox rock musical, Hokey / silly story, Beautiful set & lighting, Absolutely excellent musicians

See it if you like rock/country. You don't have to be a "Deadhead" to have a good time @ this show. The musicianship alone should knock your socks off

Don't see it if you're looking for a straight-up coherent no-nonsense script. It's humorous at best; more camp actually. Doesn't take away from the actors.

Also No "Deadhead" here, still enjoyed all 2+ hrs.... Read more Read less


See it if A few great songs & the ending song is fun.

Don't see it if Way too long, runs 2 hours 30 minutes and so many songs sound the same.

Great cast, Great sets & lighting, Slow story, Really bad sound

See it if Sound was so loud and echoing I couldn't enjoy the show. Cast are talented actors & musicians.Story has little pacing.

Don't see it if you don't like country western musicals.

Also I saw "Himself and Nora," also a musical, at the same theater last yea... Read more Read less

Great lighting, Great cast, Uneven material

See it if a Grateful Dead tribute band + some amusement park level narrative sounds like a fun time.

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with the Grateful Dead and love musical theatre.

Also the narrative is rammed into these songs. A collection of vignettes wo... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like hearing Dead music live. Pretty much that's it.

Don't see it if You don't like the Dead or love the music and can't bear to hear it covered. The book is trivial.

Also Some talented actors who do their best with great music but a flimsy b... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Insipid, Great music, Interesting lighting and set

See it if you like Grateful dead music and hard to follow plots

Don't see it if you don't like their music

Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if This show had everything, dancing , singing , comedy , music amazing . What a great night!

Don't see it if If you do not like the Grateful Dead music!

Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Love Grateful Dead music and great musicians and performers

Don't see it if you hate rhythm and blues rock and roll or don't like musicals or don't like to have fun.

Inane, Dreadful, Puerile

See it if you love the Grateful Dead and don't particularly care about story

Don't see it if you care at all about cohesion and dramatic structure

Funny, Banal, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like Grateful Dead music and don't mind simplistic plot.

Don't see it if expect a good plot

Disappointing, Cliched, Corny, Dumbed down dead, Too eager to please

See it if You buy everything Dead-related, including Jerry Garcia neckties and wine.

Don't see it if The subtlety and emotional nuance of GD songs is precious to you or if you're hoping for Dead-level musicianship.

Also First, I have to admit I left at the intermission. I just couldn't tak... Read more Read less

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