This new musical reimagines Bob Dylan's catalog, to tell stories from America's heartland.
A musical crafted from the perennial music of Bob Dylan, written and directed by Conor McPherson ('Shining City,' 'The Seafarer'). It reimagines classic Dylan songs such as 'Hurricane,' 'I Want You,' 'Forever Young,' and 'Like A Rolling Stone' with new arrangements by Simon Hale.
Set in 1934, in Duluth, Minnesota, the nation is in the midst of the Great Depression. We are introduced to the Laine family by way of the family physician, Mr. Walker. As the story intricately weaves its way from one family member to another, we are reminded that not all remedies are financial. In the end, the last beacon of hope may come when you least expect it.
The show received seven Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Mare Winningham and Jeannette Bayardelle were nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, respectively.
"McPherson offers something more than a great, big, flashing Broadway jukebox. The pungent, poignant Dylan shards are incorporated not necessarily as tied directly to the emotions the band of lost souls are feeling but more as an oblique comment on the characters’ states of mind."
"McPherson has written dynamic and interesting characters into the flophouse, however, he has not given the narrative enough time to deepen the audience’s relationship with them in order to feel the impact of their story."
4/5 Stars. "'Girl' doesn't have much plot, but it provides a compelling setting for Dylan's plangent lyrics...McPherson uses Dylan's songs as atmosphere in the broadest sense: They are the air the characters breathe. And when the musical's cool gains force, it acquires a piercing chill."