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Darling Grenadine

From 55 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic, Great staging, Cliched

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 (55)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic, Great staging, Cliched
76
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

93
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like musicals that have a real story to tell, aren't all flash & hoopla.This is a gem.Less is more.Cast is uniformly excellent.

Don't see it if you want yet another revival of Showboat.This quiet musical is a love letter to NY, to honesty in relationships, to love itself.

75
Fun, Entertaining, Romantic, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if A fun evening. Engaging performers. The songs were ok. The story was easy to follow and held my interest.

Don't see it if The music was only ok. Nothing hummable. And the story was a bit cliched.

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
Great use of trumpet, Imperfect but worth seeing, Romantic, Sweet, Great singing

See it if you enjoy musicals about relationships, Cast is great. Kantor and Walton have lovely voices. Not life changing but I enjoyed the ride.

Don't see it if you aren't in the least bit romantic. Songs aren't terribly memorable. I wish Walton's character of Louise had more of an arc.

92
Intense, Romantic, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want to hear an absolutely gorgeous score accompanied by an intense/romantic/tragic story. The cast is superb and the venue is intimate.

Don't see it if you do not like being in such an intimate space with the actors. If alcoholism is a trigger for you, it is at the center of the plot.

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.

70
Great directing, Good music, Romantic, Great singing, Charming

See it if you enjoy simple, sweet, meaningful intimate original musicals.

Don't see it if you tend to drift or get antsy from a lack of theatrics.

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

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

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

63
Indulgent, Quirky, Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

See it if Want to see a quirky musical about a couple's relationship with a melancholy undertone. Enjoy seeing a talented cast work hard. s

Don't see it if Want to see an original show which has the courage of it's convictions. Want to see a show that is subtle not predictable.

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

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

100
Resonant, Great staging, Absorbing, Deep, Touching

See it if you like intimate shows, with sweet music, complex relationships & love of NYC. Loved the depth, harmonies & cast.

Don't see it if you don't want to see people fall in love & then hit hard times.

Also I loved this little show. What a gem. The music really touched me. By ... 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

88
Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like intimate, original musicals. It is a refreshing escape from the over bloated musicals on Broadway.

Don't see it if You like juke box musicals and shows with more flash and less drama.

Also The music, staging and performances are perfectly scaled to the intima... 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.

87
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like charming musicals. Intimate setting makes you feel right in the middle of things. relevant story of ordinary people. surprising

Don't see it if you don't like to be too close to performers. a little sappy at times.


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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