“Hadestown,” a folk-and-blues-inflected musical reimagining the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, led the Tony nominations Tuesday morning, winning nods in 14 categories.
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.
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.