Ends Mar 15 | 2h 15m | Midtown W

Darling Grenadine

From 44 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Cliched, Romantic, Great staging

About the show

In this new musical, charismatic songwriter Harry falls for clever chorus girl Louise, and all of Manhattan glitters with the blush of new love. But what happens when the sparkling fantasy begins to dissolve? More…

From the show:

Bubbling over with charm, wit, and whimsy, Darling Grenadine navigates the tension between romance and reality, light and dark, bitter and sweet. Featuring a vibrantly eclectic score and stirring book and lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik.


Member Reviews (44)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Cliched, Romantic, Great staging
75
Avg Score

74
Intimate like a floorshow, Old fashioned, Warm, Some holes in the book

See it if you’d like to see a musical with some old fashioned virtues staged in the round like an intimate floorshow.

Don't see it if graphic depictions of the chaos alcoholism introduces into a romantic relationship might upset you too much.

Also I enjoyed myself throughout “Darling Grenadine.” The staging is spare—... Read more Read less

76
No chemistry among the players, Disappointing, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if You are curious about Roundabout's original musical. These are talented players and I liked the set and the use of the space. THE DOG.

Don't see it if you dont like cramped theaters with folding chairs within 5 feet of the action.

85
Great staging, Poignant, Interesting story, Great singing, Clever

See it if you're up to see a new work with some good songs and interesting characters. Clever staging and projections. Small cast does great job.

Don't see it if you want big -- large cast, orchestra, scenery. This is an intimate piece in a very small (black box) theater and the audience was involved.

Also This could use some judicious cuts.

74
Thought-provoking, Good acting, Good singing, Quirky, Slow start

See it if you are willing to stay for the 2nd act, when the show picks up & becomes interesting.

Don't see it if you tend to leave after a so-so first act.

79
Refreshing, Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if You enjoy terrific songs grafted into a very contrived plot. Go for the music and tolerate the plot.

Don't see it if You need high production values. The show uses a few props and set pieces but uses them extremely well to serve the story.

77
Slow, Romantic, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a new musical in its early stages in an intimate setting. Great performances by yet unknown talent.

Don't see it if You want to see a fully-formed musical with a true stage and any type of choreography.

74
Good acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Slow start, Great singing

See it if U enjoy love stories and human dramas. It was very silly at first but by the 2nd act I really enjoyed it. It's a bit cliched but good.

Don't see it if U don't like musicals or love stories, prefer dramas and larger productions.

54
Funny, Indulgent, Romantic, Insipid, Great singing

See it if You like a conventional love story with some nice songs and good singers.

Don't see it if You want something with some bite and less corn.

Also I was hoping for a more challenging work. This one is pleasant but not... Read more Read less

75
Cliched, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You’re crazy for romantic, hurt/comfort story, and just want to see an original new show

Don't see it if You’re expecting a very well written book

81
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see new work with a sweet score

Don't see it if If don’t like intimate theatre experience

Also Great new show. The music was fun and sweet. Acting was all well done.... Read more Read less

95
Romantic, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Clever

See it if You’re interested in excellent ensemble work with believable characters portrayed very naturally, whose stories you like to feel invested in

Don't see it if Alcoholism triggers you or you do not care for sentimental plots or can’t imagine things that you can’t see

Also The characters each drew me into their stories. I’d be lying if I said... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious

See it if You like small new musicals, with an old fashioned charm.

Don't see it if You want that old fashioned charm to not fade away at 45 minute mark.

Also Feels like the idea was to take old-fashioned romantic musical-comedy,... Read more Read less

63
Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like new musicals. You like small musicals.

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical with a strong book.

Also The score and book feel at odds with one another after about 30 minute... Read more Read less

75
Cute, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a new playwright's work and don't mind sitting in a small theater. You don't want something splashy.

Don't see it if You don't like works that aren't quite finished. You want something big and thought provoking.

90
Must see, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like original works in an intimate setting, clever staging, strong talent and a poignant story

Don't see it if you want a full blown broadway type production

80
Quirky, Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want an intimate musical with great performances

Don't see it if you're looking for a fully polished presentation - this is definitely still a bit rough, albeit enjoyable.

73
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if you want an original show w/ minimal sets & actors alone immersing you into a new world that leaves you wondering what that says about ours.

Don't see it if you want large dance numbers, a fun family show, or something light/want to avoid a show that leaves you in deep thought.

98
Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if You like original, intimate musicals with gorgeous scores.

Don't see it if You like big splashy musicals with big chorus numbers

95
Ambitious, Romantic, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like traditional movie musicals and would enjoy a modern update.

Don't see it if Romance, cute repartee, and show tunes are not your thing.

During previews
5
Self-indulgent, Excruciating, Misogynistic, Sophomoric, Sacharine

See it if You're a fan of Walton or Krebs. Great singers.

Don't see it if Mediocre saccharine music that doesn't move plot and an ending that only benefits the character's alcoholic misogynistic ego.

During previews
52
Uneven, Cliched, Overly long, Disappointing

See it if You're interested in seeing small original musicals. The show is overly sweet (not in a good way) but I liked the more serious scenes.

Don't see it if Too much of the show is WAY too sugary sweet, to the point where it was kind of annoying. A song about Licorice? ::Eyeroll:: no thanks

Also It has some potential but should really be cut down to 90min with no i... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if A lovely rom-com with strong performances, clever staging and A great score. Such a ncie change of pace from the overly-serious 2019 shows.

Don't see it if "cute" isn't your thing.

During previews
87
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if excellent performances. Great singing. Very enjoyable. Audience was very engaged. I really enjoyed it. Fun to see new work.

Don't see it if simple set but used very well. Play seemed long, some cuts should be made.

Also A romantic comedy that turns dark.

During previews
69
Good try at an original musical. some good music and singing. pretty cliche story.

See it if You appreciate new musicals with some talent behind them.

Don't see it if You want a well done new musical which brings something new to the table.

During previews
95
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to see an almost perfect chamber musical, this is it.Clever staging and a beautifully integrated book, music & lyrics.

Don't see it if you don't like small musicals in small places.

Also My only objection is its length. It needs editing.


February 11th, 2020
"A Retro Cocktail With Little Kick: Roundabout Underground presents a flawed but tuneful musical about a young Manhattan couple challenged by addiction."
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February 15th, 2020
"Why We Gather: Three Shows As Three Meetings"
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February 10th, 2020
"A songwriter and a Broadway chorus performer struggle with relationship issues in Daniel Zaitchik's romantic musical receiving its New York premiere."
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February 10th, 2020
"'Darling Grenadine' Is Deadly Saccharine It's the cutest little musical about alcoholism you ever will see."
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