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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

75
Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like musicals and enjoy a more intimate setting.

Don't see it if you're looking for a polished big stage production.

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.

75
Fun, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you want to see a new musical about living and falling in love in Manhattan.

Don't see it if are not a fan of cliché love stories.

Also This show does deal with themes of alcoholism.

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.

During previews
85
Cute-yet-cutting, Great instrumentation and sound, Heart-swelling, Predicable but fun, Classic-feeling music with modern edge

See it if you'll take a chance on new musicals that are modern yet have a bit of old-fashioned sappiness; want a chance to be up-close to actors.

Don't see it if expecting more cutting-edge, modern work; dislike swears in otherwise “old-fashioned” songs; alcoholism is a trigger; and/or a curmudgeon.

Also Darling Grenadine is semi-sweet and semi-dark, cleverly-displayed, and... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Slow, Intelligent, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if enjoy new works. a traditional boy meets girl story with the central character working out his inner demons. nice music. low key show

Don't see it if want flash with big numbers. just an intelligent safe musical

During previews
78
Charming, Absorbing, Romantic, Well-acted, Entertaining

See it if to see a well-acted small-scale musical with lovely songs and performances that is a nice mix of romance and more serious drama.

Don't see it if you want a full-scale musical with big production numbers and/or if you don't want to a show in which the protagonist battles alcoholism.

During previews
90
Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you are looking for a gem of a musical. Great score beautifully sung by an excellent cast. First rate staging Hope it has a further life

Don't see it if you are not a fan of intimate musicals

During previews
60
Great staging

See it if You like a new small, character driven musicals.

Don't see it if You want to see characters you haven’t seen many times before.

Also Some nice songs, and very well staged. But the story and characters fe... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Romantic, Indulgent, Great singing, Cliched

See it if You like formulaic boy-meets-girl, etc. musicals with average songs but a good cast who do their best. The in-the-round format is good.

Don't see it if You like cheerful upbeat musicals on a big stage

Also This is a fairly generic musical with a plot which has been re-hashed ... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Tries to be different, Ambitious

See it if curiosity about trying new musicals is important.

Don't see it if the subject of alcoholism is hard for you.

Also This has potential, although the portrayal of the dog is tiresome. The... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Well performed, Entertaining, Pleasant score

See it if Love doesn't conquer all, clever trumpet work & new musical with decent songs appeal. Honest look at alcoholism & people involved plus ...

Don't see it if Realistic look at aspects of life, love, hope, baggage people carry and original music not for you. Want more of an emotional pull.

Also Without giving anything away, the one aspect of the story that seemed ... Read more Read less

During previews
64
Delightful, Cliched

See it if You love new musicals that are a bit of throwback to older musicals.

Don't see it if You love musicals that push boundaries.

Also The show has it's moments, but in the end it was a little too sacchari... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Cute, Cliched, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You enjoy new, small offbway musicals in development. Great talent up close. Old fashioned love story premise. Fun use of the trumpet!

Don't see it if Theme of alcoholism, or cliched relationship between a writer/actress doesn’t appeal. You want a large scale show.

Also I really enjoyed the mellow music, classy black & white projections in... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to see new material presented in an intimate space.

Don't see it if You can't be practically in the action or don't like shows presented in the round.

Also I liked the staging with projections behind the audience that could be... Read more Read less

During previews
62
Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You love seeing a brand new musical. Or are already a fan of the cast.

Don't see it if You're looking for something new or refreshing.

Also The performances are good, and there's 2 great songs. But the "artist ... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Needs some thoughtful (but ruthless) trimming, Pleasantly tuneful in an old-fashioned way, It frequently gets mired in cutesiness, clichés, & self-importance, At its best it is disarmingly charming & original

See it if you enjoyed ONCE & THE LAST FIVE YEARS ... if you are looking for something cute & romantic that also wants to be taken seriously.

Don't see it if too-cute romantic dramedies induce sugar-shock

Also My first impression was that this was a refreshing take on an old-fash... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Great singing, Must see, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to experience one of the best theater experiences of your life.

Don't see it if you like a big theater, flashy dance numbers or huge sets.


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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