Red Roses, Green Gold
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Red Roses, Green Gold
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Red Roses, Green Gold NYC Reviews and Tickets

69%
(104 Ratings)
Positive
59%
Mixed
26%
Negative
15%
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (104)

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174 Reviews | 23 Followers
100
Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like the Grateful Dead music and want to see how it can be made into a story.

Don't see it if You don't like the Grateful Dead.

141 Reviews | 28 Followers
100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, 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.

247 Reviews | 61 Followers
100
Entertaining, Must see, Great singing, Best show in a while, Delightful

See it if you like great music. Each and every cast member is stunning both as an actor and as a musician. And we don't want to forget the dancing!

Don't see it if you hate shows.

76 Reviews | 23 Followers
100
Cliched, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You're a Deadhead, love music, or just want a fun way to kill an evening.

Don't see it if Your primary investment is in great acting and thought provoking plot.

166 Reviews | 55 Followers
89
Quirky, Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Light & easy show you will enjoy if you like the music of The Grateful Dead. A independent story that works well with music. Bluegrass style

Don't see it if You don't like zany comedy or music by The Dead.

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506 Reviews | 1010 Followers
89
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.

520 Reviews | 71 Followers
88
Great musicians, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

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. Read more

52 Reviews | 25 Followers
87
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You love The Grateful Dead and their music, if you just love music, if you like a great Off Broadway show. If you want to have fun!

Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional Broadway experience

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
October 30th, 2017

“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.”
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Deadline
November 5th, 2017

"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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 29th, 2017

"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."
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Theatermania
October 29th, 2017

“’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.’”
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Lighting & Sound America
October 30th, 2017

"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."
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TheaterScene.net
October 30th, 2017

"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."
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CurtainUp
October 29th, 2017

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 29th, 2017

"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."
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