Musical With Songs by Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia to Open Off Broadway

Jerry Garcia in 1981
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“Red Roses, Green Gold,” a new musical featuring the music and lyrics of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter, has set the dates for a fall opening Off Broadway. MWM Live, the company (formerly Relevant Theatricals) behind Broadway’s “Million Dollar Quartet,” produces.

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Garcia, who died of a heart attack at the age of 53 in 1995, was the iconic frontman of the Grateful Dead, and Hunter served as the band’s longtime lyricist. The exact songs to be featured in “Red Roses, Green Gold” haven’t yet been announced.

Michael Norman Mann pens the book for the 1920s-set show, which tells the story of Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers as they gamble their way to love and riches. Rachel Klein directs and choreographs, with additional music and lyrics written by Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir (all members of the Grateful Dead), and Greg Anton. Jeff Chimenti, the keyboardist who toured with the Grateful Dead, is the music arranger and supervisor.

Commercial Off Broadway is a tough market, but “Red Roses, Green Gold” can capitalize on Garcia’s high profile and the Dead’s enduring fanbase in the hopes of turning theatergoers’ heads.

Previews kick off at the Minetta Lane Theatre on Oct. 11 with an opening night set for Oct. 29.

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    1. stephen kisslinger says:

      wow Bea Good is pissed for not getting a piece of the pie! Go piss off hater.

    2. Bea Good Family says:

      Wow you people. Just keep capitalizing off Garcia’s death. Bunch of money hungry losers. Selling fake art, badly performed music, lame movies that don’t know the first thing about what was really happening. Especially Trixie- what a trashy person. People like Mountain girl who taxed Garcia for 26,000 a month when he hadn’t lived with her in over 2 decades and she had been married to another man with a child from an affair. Then you have the snot nosed Barb Meiner who Jerry fucking hated for her utter arrogance about nothing after a year. She taxes him 6,000 a month for refusing to marry her imbecilic ass. Then you have Manasha who still says Jerry was her husband even though they were never married and he kept separate residences, separate hotel rooms, and his girlfriends and she taxed him for over 20,000 a month. And Weir: Bob you asshole. Give it up you sleeping pill addict. Stop slugging the music we worked hard for through a daze of cough syrup drunk reality. All you guys. Except Hunter. Hunter is fine. The rest of all of you- you suck. And you fans and heads- I love you. Keep it close. Bury it in your hearts and minds and in the earth and space of you have a copy of the vault. He’s not coming back again. We won’t let him. He is far too good for this world and these shitty people
      That surrounded him and now make a profit off his demise.

    3. bill oneill says:

      What are the tix for the dead going to be running around

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