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“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 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
"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
"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
“’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
"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
"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
"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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
See it if you like the music of Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, w/ triple threats working their asses off (7 singer-dancer-musicians) sadly to no avail.
Don't see it if you have standards for acting & librettos; resent a music club event taking up a theater space; hate narration & humor based on stupidity.
See it if you like Grateful Dead music. Cast is wonderfully talented - singing, dancing, playing instruments. Quite enjoyable show!
Don't see it if you don't like Grateful Dead music. The entertainment is the music and dance.
See it if You want to see very impressive actor/musicians play multiple instruments, and rock out to awesome arrangements of Grateful Dead songs
Don't see it if You want a nuanced, dramaturgically driven story. But if you do, then why go see a jukebox musical in the first place?
See it if you love the music of the Grateful Dead. The performers sing, dance, act, and play their own musical instruments. The music is great.
Don't see it if you dislike musicals or folk rock. The story is flimsy and the concept is somewhat cheesy. The acting tends to be a bit broad.
See it if the Grateful Dead and their music, great singing and wonderful dancing, a very talented cast. An entertainging afternoon
Don't see it if Looking for a great story or drama, looking for a serious show
See it if You want to hear some incredible vocal performances and excellent instrumental musicianship by multitalented actors
Don't see it if You don't like the music of The Grateful Dead
See it if like the music of the Grateful Dead and enjoy very talented actors playing multiple instruments with great voices.
Don't see it if Don't like the Dead and are uncomfortable with the audience singing and dancing in the aisles
See it if You enjoy the music of the Grateful Dead. You enjoy great performances, dancing, singing, staging and direction
Don't see it if You are looking for a thought provoking storyline.
See it if you want to see extremely talented musician actors playing multiple instruments while dancing!
Don't see it if you don't like rock or bluegrass music. If you DO though: the arrangements are awesome!
See it if You are in the mood to see a very well performed evening of an eclectic mix of music genres. You are a fan of The Grateful Dead.
Don't see it if You won’t enjoy an evening which is a kind of mixed bag featuring an old fashioned melodrama accompanied by a folk and rock score.
See it if You know someone w/the production. You're a super-fan of the Grateful Dead & need to see anything w/their music.
Don't see it if You want theatre: there's zero attempt at quality, professional theatre: truly terrrible story & acting+audience encouraged to sing along!!
See it if you are a Grateful Dead fan, but hurry because it won't last that long. It's a concert with a weak plot that tries to weave the songs in.
Don't see it if you are expecting a book musical because this is a concert with great singing of Jerry Garcia's songs. So be prepared.
See it if You enjoy musicals that feature your favorite Grateful Dead songs sung by a super talented cast of performers. It's a fun night for all.
Don't see it if You like classically written and staged musicals.