Paramount’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ brilliantly offers escape paired with poignancy

Paramount’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ brilliantly offers escape paired with poignancy

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins sing, “We ain’t gonna study war no more. We ain’t gonna study war no more. We ain’t gonna study war no more…” The Negro spiritual dating to the Civil War, often called “Down By the Riverside,” rings through Aurora’s magnificent historical edifice, seemingly imploring the immensely flawed world leadership who threaten any hope for peace.

Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter Songs to Anchor New NYC Musical

Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter Songs to Anchor New NYC Musical

Red Roses, Green Gold is set in 1920s Maryland and “tells the fantastical and comedic story of Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers as they gamble their way to love and riches.” Garcia’s collaborations with lyricist Robert Hunter will comprise the bulk of the show’s music, though it will also features contributions from the late guitarist’s Grateful Dead cohorts Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart, as well as Hunter’s longtime collaborator, Greg Anton.