Already closed | 2h 15m | West Village

Red Roses, Green Gold

From 104 member  reviews
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. More…

'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.

2h 15m | Already closed | Minetta Lane Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (104)


Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Disappointing, Delightful
Avg Score

Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, 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

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.


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.

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.

Slow, Strong ensemble, Disappointing

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.

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.

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

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

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Quirky

See it if You are such a dead-head that you will see literally anything dead related.

Don't see it if If you are not a dead-head, I cannot imagine a reason for you to see this show.

Also Alas, I found out about Show-Score after this show has already been cl... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Dated, Cliched

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

Great cast, Uneven material, Great lighting

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

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

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.


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.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Western, Loud

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.

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You like extremely loud shows. Like horrible story plots to make a jukebox musical.

Don't see it if You want to hear the next day. Don't have ear plugs.

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.

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.

Confusing, Disappointing, Fluffy, Excruciating, 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.

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

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 singing, Great staging, Entertaining

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...

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

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

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

Entertaining, Raunchy, Clever, Great staging

See it if You enjoy the Grateful Dead music and want to dance and sing along. Fabulous talented musicians , make it fun

Don't see it if You don"t like musicals and counry themed theater

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.

Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You don't mind an obvious plot, yet appreciate multi-talented musicians and actors.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate music by the Grateful Dead.

Great staging, Great acting, Good music

See it if You like the Grateful Dead. This show weaves the songs throughout, but the plot is weak and hard to follow. Great acting as well.

Don't see it if You like plot driven stories.

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 t...
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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 f...
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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, Gre...
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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 m...
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