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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.