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Rock and Roll Refugee

From 2 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Creative, Meaningful, Ambitious, Edgy

About the show

Royal Family Productions details the astounding true events of the life of Genya Ravan, a rock and roll pioneer that overcame astounding adversities. More…

Before Goldie and The Gingerbreads, the first successful all-female rock band in 1962, Genya Ravan was Genyusha Zelkovicz, a young girl fleeing Nazi-occupied Poland with her family in search of a hopeful start in America. After passing through Ellis Island and moving to the Lower East Side of New York City, Genyusha, now "Goldie," faced grief, poverty, abuse and loss of identity. With no one to turn to, she forged her own path, and changed history.

Member Reviews (2)


Entertaining, Creative, Meaningful, Ambitious, Edgy
Avg Score

Entertaining, Excellent acting, Relevant, Creative, Meaningful

See it if you like Jewish immigrant stories, musicals, human happiness and suffering, fine performers, humor, depression and "off beat" techniques.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that engender, at times, depression, use a lot of profanity and present day language in a past historical period.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You love an inspiring story of a woman's rise from hardship, plus incredible singing and acting.

Don't see it if You don't like Janis Joplin type singing.

February 8th, 2016
"A invigorating coming-of-age bio-musical...It doesn’t have a breakout song, but it does have some powerhouse production numbers. Thanks to Dee Roscioli, who plays Goldie as she ages from childhood to the cusp of adulthood, it also has a heart-grabbing way of depicting an inborn passion…Bits of t...
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February 2nd, 2016
"'Rock And Roll Refugee' is filled with hard rocking numbers written by Ravan…With the show the heavy lifting in terms of the singing is left to the vocal prowess of Katrina Rose Dideriksen, a terrific belter…She is backed by an equally talented three-piece band…It is the music that matters most,...
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February 1st, 2016
"Writer-director Chris Henry takes us through Goldie’s quest for autonomy…Music functions as thematic link and saving grace, with autobiographical songs and a spirited ensemble carrying us through the story’s progression…Simultaneously a classic underdog story and a strikingly specific tale of on...
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February 2nd, 2016
"'Rock and Roll Refugee' is a very gritty musical with an inspiring story...Ms. Renyan’s story is a truly sad, yet inspiring account of survival and triumph…As Genuysha, Ms. Dideriksen gives a very powerful, uninhibited performance…As the book writer and director, Chris Henry kept the action movi...
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