In Previews: Opens Mar 05 | Midtown W

Girl From The North Country (Broadway)

From 68 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Slow, Disappointing, Absorbing, Confusing

About the show

After critically-acclaimed runs at The Public Theater, The Old Vic London, and in the West End, this new musical from Bob Dylan and Conor McPherson brings its rousing spirit to Broadway. More…

From the show:

1934. A time-weathered guesthouse in the heartland of America. Only a song can shake off the dust for one group of wayward souls—and old dreams may hold the promise of new beginnings. As they pass in and out of each other’s lives, their stories awaken with passion, fury and extraordinary beauty. Reimagining the music of Bob Dylan as roof-raising ensemble pieces and soul-stirring solos, celebrated playwright Conor McPherson ("The Weir," "The Seafarer") writes and directs this heartbreaking and universal story about family and love.

In Previews: Opens Mar 05 | Belasco Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (68)


Great singing, Slow, Disappointing, Absorbing, Confusing
Avg Score

During previews
Slow, Confusing, Indulgent, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if Singers were great. But lots of long, drawn out time spent on the depressing and not that interesting story.

Don't see it if if you want to see something upbeat, engaging with a lot of music. Bob Dylan's songs but not that many, too much talking!

During previews
Troubling and depressing, American, thought-provoking “slice-of-life”, Book could still use a more meaningful motive or hook, Haunting and elegiac (to people and places), Gorgeous music and singing

See it if a fan of Bob Dylan, “slice-of-American-life” dramas with large casts and multiple story-lines, or Mare Winningham; you don’t need a plot.

Don't see it if you need massive drama, shock, & resolution; you dislike depressing and dreary, dark (physically and symbolically) plays; you dislike Dylan.

Also I saw Girl From the North Country off-Broadway; the stellar singing br... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if A treat to appreciate the music and understand Dylan's lyrics. This is a depressing story about the impact of the Depression.The talented

Don't see it if I enjoyed this musical more in the intimate space at the Public. The view in the 1st mezzanine row is partially blocked by the railing.

Also cast of stage vets all sing beautifully,especially Bayardelle and Winn... Read more Read less

During previews
Too many damn plotlines, Overly complicated, Slow, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you want to see Dylan's music beautifully adapted and sung; you want to see some excellent performances from a great cast

Don't see it if you want a tight, well-written book; you have trouble following multiple story lines

Also This show could completely change the dynamic by reframing the narrato... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing

See it if you love the music of Bob Dylan and want to hear super talented Broadway actors take on his incredible songs.

Don't see it if you loved the off-broadway production. Without the intimacy of the public it looses a lot of its charm. The story is super depressing.

During previews
Entertaining, Intense, Great acting, Great singing

See it if If you like to see how times were during the depression in an average American town. The singing was spectacular!!

Don't see it if You want to see an upbeat musical or don't want to hear about major problems facing all the characters in this show.

During previews
Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining, Overrated, Slow

See it if You enjoy “plays with music,” quiet and slow shows that make you think and create a dominant mood, with great music.

Don't see it if You like musicals with songs that advance the story, or flashy shows that are upbeat with a lot of dancing.

During previews
Poignant, Sad, Well-sung, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a deliberately paced play with some powerful moments that features several well-sung Bob Dylan songs.

Don't see it if you want to see a Broadway-caliber musical. This is a inconsistent play in which characters periodically sing Bob Dylan songs.

During previews
Quirky, Enjoyable, Ambitious, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You love Bob Dylan's music and want to see how a new story could incorporate Dylan's poetry & song into a show. Very minimalistic design.

Don't see it if You don't like Bob Dylan's music and want a more glitzy musical.

During previews
Duluth 1934, Dull & slow book written for music, Not a musical, Not a play, Dylan buffs may be disappointed

See it if you'd enjoy a depressing stage play set in 1934 & written specifically to feature Dylan retrospective from 1964 through 2012.

Don't see it if you expect a play, interesting plot, well developed characters or good drama. Or if you want Dylan songs done in Dylan's style.

Also Everyone in this cast has a great voice, but the reconfiguration of Dy... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if A small depression era play integrated with some of Bob Dylan’s lesser known songs, sounds appealing.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a big splashy musical.

Also This show definitely won’t be for everyone. But I found this moody, we... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You like hearing Dylan reimagined. You like folksy stories. You want a good cry.

Don't see it if This is a pretty depressing show.

During previews
Slow, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Bob Dylan's music and a cast that works hard to tell a sad story albeit in a very slow manner.

Don't see it if Depressing shows are not your thing and juke box musicals

During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Resonant, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if An intelligent, well written book and not just trite connecting songs. Ambitious in scale and creates an exquisite mood. Vivid characters.

Don't see it if Rather dull overall. Almost too many characters in times of desperation. Hard to concentrating on the meaning of the songs if not familiar

During previews
Beautiful, Absorbing, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like a beautiful, if depressing story of problems of everyday people in Depression era Minnesota set to Bob Dylan's beautiful music.

Don't see it if you don't like Dylan's music or only like happy musicals with songs especially written for it. Here a story is told integrating Dylan songs.

Also We were very surprised how well Dylan's (long written) music was integ... Read more Read less

During previews
Sad, Intense, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You're ready to embrace the melancholy of a boarding house during the Depression

Don't see it if You want traditional musical theatre.

Also It was sad, and not really a musical in the traditional sense, more of... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You like the music of Bob Dylan and want to hear his songs sung beautifully. Interested in life in a Minnesota town during depression era

Don't see it if You want a clear plot. Want a more uplifting story. Need the songs to advance the story. Dont want more questions than answers.

Also I can't compliment the cast enough with how gorgeous they sung. But th... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Dark, Fanciful, Tragic, Great singing

See it if you want to see an odd, mesmerizing, meandering tale of American tragedy, despair, delight, madness, torment and haunting musical talent

Don't see it if you expect a musical tribute to Dylan. Songs are oddly rearranged, but moving and captivating. Takes a while to sink in. But I loved it!

During previews
Disjointed, Slow, Disappointing, Excruciating, Great singing

See it if Love Bob Dylan music and don’t need a plot

Don't see it if Don’t like Bob Dylan and need a plot with closure. The show has several disjointed stories.

During previews
Joyful dylan, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Dylan-for beautiful singing by Bayardelle, Winningham, Sprawl, Ryan & Scott- group numbers/cast interaction lovely

Don't see it if Story is everything-this is about feeling of the songs, & pre-FDR era & large cast of characters- intricacies of story not entirely clear

During previews
Slow, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if Like Bob Dylan songs

Don't see it if You do not like Dylan

Also More of a play with Music... Read more Read less

During previews
Great writing, Resonant, Refreshing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like interwoven stories all under one roof and a fan of Dylan. The music is moving and mystifying.

Don't see it if you’re easily confused or want to see a happy story play out. No big dance number in this one

During previews
Quirky, Slow, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if The singing was great with re-interpretations of classic Dylan songs & wonderful live band.Mare Winningham was excellent in this flawed play

Don't see it if The storyline/play itself was dull and uninteresting. I felt indifference towards the characters, and couldn't wait for a song to start. The

Also 2nd act is better play wise but too long or at least it felt that way.... Read more Read less

During previews
Soaring beautiful concert, Bleak flawed play

See it if You don’t mind if your folk revival is punctuated by a mess of scenes with characters you don’t quite care about.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a jukebox musical. This is more of a play with songs presented as a foil / counterpoint / complement to the plot.

During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if This is not your regular Jukebox revue. Masterfully done with great casts. It’s a Play/Musical approach, very creative n totally enjoyable.

Don't see it if You are looking for either a straight play, or a Jukebox Musical.

Also Whether you are Bob Dylan fan or not, the story line are touching, cre... Read more Read less

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