Music from members of the Grateful Dead will soundtrack a new off-broadway musical. “Red Roses, Green Gold” is slated to open at New York City’s Minetta Lane Theatre on October 29, according to pitchfork.com.
The musical, set in 1920s Maryland, tells the story of “Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers as they gamble their way to love and riches.” Jerry Garcia’s work with lyricist Robert Hunter will comprise most of the show’s music, but it also features contributions from Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, and Micky Hart—as well as Hunter’s long time collaborator Greg Anton.
Keyboardist and Grateful Dead touring member Jeff Chimenti is the show’s music supervisor and arranger. Rachel Klein directs and choreographs the musical written by Michael Norman Mann, who has previously penned two other shows that feature the Grateful Dead’s music: “Cumberland Blues” and “Shakedown Street”.