Already closed | 2h 15m | West Village

Red Roses, Green Gold

From 103 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 (103)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Disappointing, Delightful
68
Avg Score

79
Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Banal

See it if You like Americana and most particularly, the Dead. I enjoyed that there was some interpretation of the songs, not just straight covers.

Don't see it if You're looking for a great play. The dialogue pretty much exists to set up the songs.

77
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like The Grateful Dead, silly but fun musicals.

Don't see it if If you don't like rock music or can't stand musicals with no real book.

89
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love the grateful dead

Don't see it if You hate or don't know the grateful dead

50
Cliched, Disappointing, Cheasy, Great musicians, Indulgent

See it if you love Jerry Garcia music. I wasn't that familiar and to be honest it didn't win me over.

Don't see it if you need a developed plot line. The writing was thin and cheesy and the direction, bland and predictable.

87
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You like the music of the Grateful Dead or simply want experience a fun, enjoyable performance

Don't see it if You hate the music of the Grateful Dead or a musical with a somewhat contrived plot.

100
Clever, Great singing

See it if You like the Dead and enjoy off-broadway

Don't see it if don't enjoy musicals

79
Fun, Quirky, Hilarious, Cliched

See it if You're open for a silly show that doesn't take itself seriously, but has huge energy

Don't see it if you want much plot or character development

80
Ambitious, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Certainly, you should love or at minimum, appreciate the GD’s best known songs. All live performances with skilled musicians.

Don't see it if You are offended by a 20-something hirsute muscleboy going shirtless. Yes, that really happens! Ok acting and story.

80
Great singing, Funny, Refreshing, Relevant, Fluffy

See it if you wish to get a refresh from the weekdays

Don't see it if you wish to see some deep stories

50
Enchanting, Entertaining, Musical, Quirky, Funny

See it if You like country music

Don't see it if If you are looking for great acting

70
Great singing, Nostalgic, Great music

See it if You like jukebox musicals, you want to see actors that can dance, sing and play instruments all at once

Don't see it if You're a hardcore Grateful Dead fan.

Also The costumes and set were gorgeous, though they didn't necessarily see... Read more Read less

99
Great staging, Entertaining, Refreshing, Must see, Great acting

See it if This show was wonderful, and I was not expecting it to be. The direction is brilliant and makes the show work! Rachel Klein is brilliant.

Don't see it if You want a deep evening at the theater.

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Delightful

See it if you like good music from talented musicians and a fun cast!

Don't see it if you want a well developed and meaning full plot.

Also Love the music! The plot was not that developed but the singing and da... Read more Read less

70
Refreshing, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy seeing multi-instrumentalists doing their thing

Don't see it if you hate the Grateful Dead!

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

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!

92
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You love The Grateful Dead, multitalented performers, masterful direction and great design.

Don't see it if You don't care for jam bands or mineshafts.

Also Juke Box musicals are hard, but this one has heart and virtuosic perfo... Read more Read less

92
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

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.

Also The performances in this production were absolutely amazing. The cast ... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

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

94
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

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

100
Absorbing, Funny, Romantic, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if This show has it all! Love, betrayal, hate, greed, romance! And that's all in the first few moments haha! Seriously, this show is amazing!

Don't see it if n/a

Also I had great time at this show. I am not familiar with the Grateful Dea... Read more Read less

During previews
47
Excruciating, Cliched, Slow, Fluffy, Bad singing

See it if You enjoy jukebox musicals when a bands music, here The Grateful Dead, is used to tell a story that has NOTHING to do with that music/band.

Don't see it if You have ANY good memories of Grateful Dead music EVER. This story is so contrived and weak and poorly written and performed it hurts.

Also The set is pretty great for the Minetta Lane and so is the lighting. S... Read more Read less

During previews
35
Excruciating, Dated, Cliched, Talented musicians, Unprofessional

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!!

Also This is a lazy cash-grab for Grateful Dead fans. While the musicians a... Read more Read less

During previews
71
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Resonant

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.

During previews
43
Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you enjoy overloud and barely heard lyrics. Very disappointing since some good musical numbers and talented cast. 1st act terrible.

Don't see it if you like a decent plot and like your ears to be intact after the show. Very loud and lyrics hard to hear.

Also This is a talented cast with good instrumental numbers but the sound i... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Horrid sound, 'unlistenable', but a whole lot of talent. just pull it back a lot.

See it if You like broad, predictable, smirking, over-acting, comedy. Great set. Good staging to allow the single set transform into at least 4.

Don't see it if You dont have cotton for your ears. You want ANY nuance. You dont like wired instruments and an out of control sound system.

Also I've seen some great musicals in this theater. It is one of my favorit... Read more Read less


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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