In 1920s Maryland, Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers gamble their way to love and riches in this new musical featuring music by members of the Grateful Dead.
From the producers: "Red Roses, Green Gold" brings the songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter to the stage. This new musical set in 1920s Cumberland tells the fantastical and comical tale of Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers as they gamble their way to love and riches.
"Red Roses, Green Gold" features music and lyrics by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia. Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir and Greg Anton, founding and former members of the Grateful Dead, provide additional music, and the keyboardist Jeff Chimenti provides musical supervision and arrangements. The new musical marks author Michael Norman Mann's third time using the music of Hunter and Garcia. His two previous Grateful Dead-inspired works include “Cumberland Blues,” staged in 1998 and “Shakedown Street” in 2005.
The cast of eight actor-musicians comprises Brian Russell Carey, Maggie Hollinbeck, David Park, Michael McCoy Reilly, Natalie Storrs, Debbie Christine Tjong, Michael Viruet and Scott Wakefield. Rachel Klein, director of “The Anthem” and “Around the World in 80 Days,” directs and choreographs.