A few months ago, Broadway World announced that a new musical featuring the music of the Grateful Dead was in the works. At the time, the new project was described as “a new musical comedy, featuring the music of THE GRATEFUL DEAD- a semi-fantastical and immersive Americana tale of the Jones family in 1920’s Cumberland, Maryland, as they con, swindle and gamble their way into riches.” During the initial announcement of the project, most of the information about this new Grateful Dead musical was gleaned from the show’s casting call, which confirmed that Dead & Company’s Jeff Chimenti would serve as musical director and Rachel Klein as director.
Yesterday, Rolling Stone shed more light on the project, noting that the new musical will be called Red Roses, Green Gold and that it will open at New York City’s Minetta Lane Theatre in the fall, with previews starting October 11th and the show opening to the public on October 29th. Rolling Stone‘s preview also notes that director Rachel Klein will serve as the choreographer for the project and that Michael Norman Mann wrote the show’s script. Mann is no stranger to Grateful Dead musicals, as the writer has previously penned two projects featuring the Grateful Dead’s music—Cumberland Blues in the late 90’s and Shakedown Street, which opened in 2005.
Ahead of Red Roses, Green Gold‘s opening, you can check out the former Equity casting notice for the show, which sheds a little more insight into what to expect from the Grateful Dead musical. Among the list of characters, we have Jack, the cunning family patriarch; Melinda, the beautiful and independent daughter described as “a total lady boss”; Mick (a.k.a. “The Candy Man”), the charismatic and sexy trickster; Jessup, the villainous wealthy mining tycoon; and Dudley, the “lovable, slow-witted son” of the villian, Jessup. Being a Grateful Dead musical, no cast would be complete without a Bertha, who is described as a “firecracker.” And, being a musical in general, no such casting would be complete without a mysterious out-of-towner who rolls through and must win the love of a lady “despite having some secrets.”
Tickets for Red Roses, Green Gold go on sale starting September 25th at 10 am (EST), though a pre-sale for American Express cardholders will run from September 13th at 10 am through September 20th at 9:59 am and an Audience Rewards pre-sale will run from September 20th at 10 am to September 25th at 9:59 am (EST). Prices for this Grateful Dead-inspired Broadway show will range from $58 to $88 dollars, though premium tickets will be available for $125 dollars.
[H/T Rolling Stone]