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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

Intense, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you love great writing (McPerson and Dylan), superb cast, great singing and have a bit of the Irish in you (even if you aren't Irish)

Don't see it if you expect a happy ending musical or Broadway glitz

Also I think this is the first time I have really understood the complexity... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Dated, Great singing, Resonant

See it if Remarkable casting; rich storytelling; smart use and styling of the Dylan song material

Don't see it if Most popular Dylan songs inspired audience members around me to sing along which is an obvious distraction; heavy story not for everyone

Great singing, Intense, Slow, Profound, Ambitious

See it if this is a play w music - not a musical. Fascinating arrangements of Dylan. The singers & musicians are terrific.

Don't see it if the show is painful and sad, a lyrical evocation of the Depression that offers little in the way of hope. there's a bit too much fussing

Also around in the staging, people wandering the stage to no apparent purpo... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you are interested in human stories told with grace by amazing actors. It's a phenomenal night at the theater.

Don't see it if you are looking for a Bob Dylan jukebox musical. It's really it's own story. I forgot these were famous songs, they fit the plot so well.

Also Well done Conor McPherson.

Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You love Bob Dylan’s music. Depressing story about the renters in a rooming house & family that runs it The town people add interesting mix

Don't see it if You are expecting happiness. This is not the story of Bob Dylan. Not interested in dysfunctional drama

Also Mare Winningham play a demented wife excellently. The music is great

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You know the music. Not knowing Dylan well, I felt at sea for much of the show, trying to figure out how the songs might comment on the show

Don't see it if You're expecting a traditional narrative, diegetic songs, or anything that feels "big." It's quiet, often lovely, and mysterious.

Also A tough one to score. I found it often lovely, but the play and the mu... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Intense, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want a beautiful theatrical piece, that slowly takes you in and moves you.

Don't see it if You need spectacle when you see a musical.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great singing, Must see

See it if Not quite a musical or a play, but a beautiful theatrical experience. The intimate production looks gorgeous and the cast is excellent.

Don't see it if You prefer big splash broadway musicals.

Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see a perfectly told story through the poetic brilliance of Bob Dylan’s music. The cast is phenomenal! This musical is gorgeous.

Don't see it if You don’t want to feel every type of emotion towards the story told by the cast. You feel part of their lives in this intimate staging.

Intelligent, Great music, Slow, Refreshing, Artistic

See it if you're ready for the rare jukebox musical that's sophisticated & smart. This is a heartfelt & artistic show. And the Dylan songs sound great

Don't see it if you're looking for an exciting show b/c I have to say, I found the plot kind of dull. My mind wandered during a lot of the book scenes.

Enchanting, Slow, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the slower pacing and the unraveling of what I could best describe as an O'Neill play with Dylan's music. Muted, and haunting.

Don't see it if you are looking for a spectacle. No flashy sets or large-scale song and dance numbers. Strikingly Midwestern, with universal elements.

Great singing, Slow

See it if I loved this, though I can't say why. My friend hated it& also can't say why. It's slow & not much happens & I didn't like any of the charac

Don't see it if ters, but the singing is great and I enjoyed the story, or what there was of it. Not for everyone, but the music is great.

Absorbing, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a beautiful show set brilliantly and seamlessly to music by Bob DYlan.

Don't see it if you are looking for a jukebox musical of Dylan's music.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you love great shows at the public

Don't see it if you prefer light musicals

Great singing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want to see a beautiful piece of theatre a la Spoon River Anthology/Our Town. Dylan lyrics fit perfectly & the cast was heartrending.

Don't see it if you hate Dylan, want an upbeat, fast-paced, jazz-hand-y type of show. There are no bells, whistles, helicopters, or fluff here.

Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to take a break and enjoy some good music. The singing is wonderful.

Don't see it if You want to see a real musical with a coherent story line.

Also I do enjoy myself, mostly because of the singing. The problem here is ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You like Bob Dylan’s music woven into a Depressuon-Era story.

Don't see it if You don’t like Dylan’s music and are uninterested in the period of the early 1930’s.

Also Wonderful storytelling of ordinary struggles combined with Dylan’s ear... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Like a play with music rather than a big Bway musical Liked Once Like Bob Dylan music

Don't see it if Are expecting a big Bway musical

Touching and richly textured slice of american life during the depression enriched poignantly with dylan's songs very well performed.

See it if The wonderful performances of Dylan's songs are reason enough to see this, but the subtle deployment of a historical narrative to comment on

Don't see it if (cont') American life make this a wonderful evening in the theater. There are flaws, but the whole is so good they needn't be mentioned.

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love the songs of Bob Dylan - they are reimagined in a very interesting way!

Don't see it if You're looking for a good book - it was a very loose story that didn't go anywhere.

Absorbing, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You want to hear Dylan music but not hear Dylan's voice. Cast is totally terrific and story is compelling.

Don't see it if a NOT happy-go-lucky story is not your thing.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if A long time fan of Dylan. Seeing his music worked by Conor McPherson into an interesting historical piece made for a great experience.

Don't see it if Not a fan of Dylan. Not one for stories that are not happy and peppy.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Short-stories in depression era flophouse enhanced by beautifully sung Dylan songs will redeem your faith in musicals. Original & affecting.

Don't see it if Discouraged folks in a quiet hamlet shouldn't sing & dance. It moves tunefully through a modern Calvary where redemption isn't always joyous

Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You love Bob Dylan tunes splendidly sung and orchestrated within the context of an original story featuring desperate characters.

Don't see it if You're expecting a jaunty feel-good show. The book is serious and sometimes ponderous. But the musical portions are great.

Great singing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you like the music of Bob Dylan, want to see some of the most talented singers on stage, and like shows that aren't always happy-go-lucky

Don't see it if you prefer to leave the theater feeling hopeful - the show is bleak but outstanding and a fantastic showcase of a great American songwriter

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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