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Girl From The North Country

From 261 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

About the show

Following a run at London’s Old Vic and a West End transfer, the new show from Olivier winner and Tony Award nominee Conor McPherson and music icon Bob Dylan makes its American premiere. More…

Dylan’s inimitable songbook is transformed into the story of a down-on-its-luck community on the brink of change in Duluth, Minnesota in 1934. 

Member Reviews (261)


Great singing, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

Disappointing, Great staging, Cliche ridden, Inconsistent, Great music

See it if You can forgive a rather ludicrous cliche ridden and wooden book in order to experience great music beautifully staged and sung.

Don't see it if You cannot forgive a bad book.

Ambitious, Good ensemble acting, singing, and musicianship, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you like the music of Bob Dylan and don't mind it being used in a weak, disappointing book.

Don't see it if you want to see a first class musical or prefer drama.

Disappointing, Slow, Great singing

See it if You’re willing to enjoy good singing and acting almost randomly put together; you love Dylan’s music in any context

Don't see it if You know Dylan’s repertoire and expect his music to be presented in some semblance of its original context. Want a great/uplifting storyline

Also Story felt a bit cobbled together around the music. Or was the music p... Read more Read less

It’s truly a great depression...

See it if a man owns a boarding house on the verge of bankruptcy and makes some desperate choices for his family...

Don't see it if tone is unnecessarily depressing; the book doesn’t allow you to care for the characters; songs don’t compliment the storyline. Disappointed

Not for me

See it if See it if you enjoy hearing Dylan's songs sung well.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you want the story to blend with the music and lyrics.

Also The lighting design and the movement director did a wonderful job. The... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You're a Dylan fan and want to see how his songs were incorporated into a drama--except they weren't. The songs brought the action to a stop

Don't see it if You want a coherent story in which the songs amplify the story, not interrupt it. Singing & acting superb, but the project was misconceived.

Great singing, Not-so-great story

See it if you're a Dylan fan, and would enjoy hearing his songs beautifully sung in arrangements you haven't heard before.

Don't see it if you want the story onto which the songs are grafted to be as compelling as the songs (it isn't).

Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If one is captivated by the Bob Dylan music and doesn't mind that the book is not very good and slow.

Don't see it if One doesn't mind a confused and slow plot which is not particularly well directed or acted.

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great singing

See it if you want to hear Bob Dylan songs sung beautifully.

Don't see it if you don't want to be bored.

Also An extremely disappointing theatre experience. The play is fairly awfu... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intelligent, Overrated, Slow, Great acting

See it if if you like moody, rambling, no-plot, multi-thread musicals with little emotional connection to the large cast of characters.

Don't see it if If you like linear, plot focused musicals where you develop an emotional connection with the characters. I ended with, "so what, who cares"

Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if enjoy jukebox musicals that involve a more serious tone.

Don't see it if slow, rarely humorous, dramas mixed with songs are not your idea of something you'd like.

Also Very talented singers are constantly interrupting the story with songs... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want new arrangements of Bob Dylan songs; if you like atmosphere more than plot; if you like character-filled stories

Don't see it if You need the mixture of songs and plot to make sense (it felt like 10 min of play then 5 min of Bob Dylan then back to the play)

Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You love Dylan lyrics in a stylized rendition to fit the script of depression era tales played by talented actors, singers and musicians

Don't see it if You are not a Bob Dylan fan and don't love multi plot lines delivered with music

Great acting, Great singing, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You want to listen to great covers of Dylan’s music and see some excellent aco.

Don't see it if You are looking for an engaging story.

Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow, Confusing, Boring

See it if you're familiar with Dylan's music, but not a huge fan. You want to see something with a lot of positive buzz that will likely transfer

Don't see it if you are a big Dylan fan or are expecting a cohesive story. Every character has the most minimal development, the songs feel shoehorned in

Also Songs rarely matched the context, in content or tone. Zero character d... Read more Read less

Cliched, Banal, Overrated, Great singing, Dylan!

See it if You love Dylan's music. The songs are strong, and two or three are absolute show stoppers.

Don't see it if The "book" is every cliché about the Great Depression, used to introduce Dylan songs. Very disappointing for a fan of Conor McPherson.

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You love Dylan's music re-interpreted. Can't wait for the cast album. Excellent singing

Don't see it if you want even the tiniest bit of hope about life. Couldn't be more depressing. Desperate in freezing cold Minn. -- lot sof them dying.

Cliched, Slow, Disappointing, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if The music and singing were beautiful and astonishing. The arrangements were lovely and when they were singing the show was wonderful.

Don't see it if But the play seemed jammed in and didn’t coalesce into one thing. The stories were melodramatic and some of the acting was with a capital A.

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if Great cast and Bob Dylan.

Don't see it if The book was really bad. I EXPECTED A LOT and had to fight falling asleep. I did not like the story or characters. AWFUL!

Great singing, Great staging, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like Bob Dylans's music and you'd like to see some great performances (though uneven)

Don't see it if you're expecting something other than an overall "mood" to experience.

Also All of Dylan's music has been orchestrated beautifully, but unfortunat... Read more Read less

Great acting, Excruciating, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if If you are a true Dylan fan, even the obscure stuff.

Don't see it if You don’t want to have to increase your antidepressants

Slow, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You like or are familiar with Bob Dylan’s music

Don't see it if You are expecting to be wowed or be moved by an emotional story or fleshed out characters

Also The show was so disappointing. There was so much potential for where i... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if The singing is great. Dylan songs are reflective. Band terrific. Set terrific. Story is sad, sad, sad. A tone poem.

Don't see it if Dylan songs do not lend themselves to action.

Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if You love hearing Dylan songs sung well and don't care that they don't blend in with the story, and stories about poverty in the depression

Don't see it if If you want an interesting story with songs that move if forward. If you expect to hear someone sing the title song. It never happens.

Disappointing, Confusing, Great singing

See it if If you like Bob Dylan. The songs and arrangements were well done. Intimate theater at Public Theater

Don't see it if Story so convoluted. Who is the girl in the title? The songs didn't make any sense with the plot - they were just stuck in there. Meh

October 1st, 2018
"A rich and strange marriage of the talents...If you’re a hard-core Dylan fan, you’ve heard these songs before. But, for me at least, they’ve never sounded quite so heartbreakingly personal and universal at the same time...The most imaginative and inspired use to date of a popular composer’s song...
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October 1st, 2018
"The show makes Dylan’s songs as unfamiliar as it can; it freezes them in timelessness...'Girl from the North Country' doesn’t have much plot, but it provides a compelling setting for Dylan’s plangent lyrics, whose range encompasses yearning, bitter confusion and grace. McPherson uses Dylan’s son...
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October 1st, 2018
"The play is a somber, self-serious affair. In searching for the soul in Dylan’s tunes, McPherson, who also directs the show, and his orchestrator and arranger Simon Hale have consistently sapped them of their mischievous spark...'Girl From the North Country' never quite stops feeling like a dirg...
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October 14th, 2018
"McPherson attempts to surround several of Dylan’s tunes with a frame vague enough to contain their poetry and broad enough to relate their social truths...A show that fully accepted the challenge of Dylan’s elusive balance between unstable consciousness and tough social fact might have told more...
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