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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

82
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to hear some great music. You want to see Mare Winningham give a great performance. Have a warm feeling about life.

Don't see it if You are expecting your typical musical.

80
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy beautifully performed songs by Bob Dylan performed by an incredibly talented cast.

Don't see it if You aren’t ready for a play highlighting so many ugly aspects of America.

75
Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a simple setting, a very active stage of people aNd more than 1 story line

Don't see it if You prefer glitzy staging, active story line or deep subject

91
Enchanting, Exquisite, Epic, Intense, Intelligent

See it if a sui generis pastiche musical melodrama: stark, melancholy, haunting. Act 2 is a heartbreaker. Astonishing moments in music and staging.

Don't see it if you might find its bleakness dour. It borrows tropes from old-timey Americana, but be prepared for an experimental sensibility.

81
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Stays-with-you

See it if Because it will change theater for the better, the actors in great roles to match their talent (even the smallest part is great), and Dylan

Don't see it if You’re too old to remember how Dylan made you feel, because you need to feel this play

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you love the music and like the British style of staging (but whose changes make it so it doesn't quite live up to the hype from London)

Don't see it if you want good casting choices that elevate the material or you want a show that lives up to its emotional storyline

83
Dated, Great writing, Intense, Epic, Slow

See it if you like stories about multiple characters with multiple storylines thrown into the same circumstance; if you like bob dylan

Don't see it if you're easily confused, you hate period pieces

91
Profound, Refreshing, Riveting, Heartfelt, Enchanting

See it if you like shows with music tangentially related to the story, or you want to hear Dylan's songs EXQUISITELY performed by jaw-dropping talent.

Don't see it if you need a clear connection between songs and storyline. It's more "Once" than "Fiddler". It's a parable of a family during the depression.

Also This is an exquisite production. Beautifully cast, and the songs are p... Read more Read less

79
Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if you like: Bob Dylan's music & a great ensemble cast singing Dylan's music; a musical where the music tells the backstory of the characters.

Don't see it if you don't like: Dylan's music; a slow melancholy-almost depressing musical; a large ensemble cast

Also I wish this musical was a tad bit more uplifting; as is, the show is a... Read more Read less

87
Masterful, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience gorgeous singing and harmonies that wash all over you. I don't even like Dylan that much, but I loved this show!

Don't see it if you want something happy and peppy. This is a sad play with music.

82
Great singing, Great staging, Confusing, Refreshing, Slow

See it if you want to enjoy a night with sensational singing and atmospheric storytelling.

Don't see it if you care a lot about the story.

88
Great singing, Ambitious, Haunting, Layered

See it if you are a Dylan fan. I loved the various styles in which the music was sung. Also, if you are Mare Winningham fan.

Don't see it if you are looking for an upbeat musical.

Also This was an awesome ensemble cast. I LOVED Mare Winningham's character... Read more Read less

89
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if To experience an emotional, dramatic and interesting original show with beautifully orchestrated music from Bob Dylan. Well acted and sung.

Don't see it if You like big splashy musicals with lots of choreographed dancing,splashy scenery and staging where you don’t have to pay attention or think.

84
Enchanting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if A sensitive hybrid piece of Dylan's songs beautifully re-arranged and McPherson's text. Staged with elegance.

Don't see it if You are not keen on Dylan's music

91
Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see

See it if Stunning production with a huge cast with amazing voices. Dylan songs never sounded so poetic. An intimate show that transforms and inspires

Don't see it if You want an action show. This is all about the nuances of a small place and human interaction. You are open to new versions of Dylan songs.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You love music, beautifully performed by a terrific ensemble in an absorbing story.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of plays with music. I wouldn't call this a musical, per se.

90
Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if want to see a masterfully staged musical. The show exquisitely creates a mood of the '30s and sustains it throughout the entire show.

Don't see it if ...need a perfect story & songs that support it. Normally this would bug me, but if the lyrics aren't obviously relevant, the melodies are.

88
Absorbing, Great singing, Epic, Great staging, Profound

See it if You like musicals that present big ideas in a small story.

Don't see it if You can’t stand musicals that take their time to resolve.

100
Great singing, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to see terrific actors, terrific voices, really great arrangements of Dylan’s songs. Who knew Mare Winningham could sing like that?

Don't see it if You don’t like dramatic musicals with Depression-era themes.

89
Moving, mournful, "chekhovian" musical

See it if Masterful use of Dylan songs to reveal character impressionistically. Best to absorb superb performances and not over-intellectualize.

Don't see it if ...you're expecting a conventional, plot-driven musical. Strikes me as a polarizing show -- love or dislike. For me it was love.

71
Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated

See it if You want to feel a taste of the south. It was ok but I found myself looking at my watch which is never a good sign

Don't see it if You want to recognize Dylan’s music. I am a Bob Dylan fan and didn’t recognize several of the songs. It was too long for me.

98
Great acting, Great singing, Quirky, Must see

See it if See it if you like or never liked the music of Bob Dylan’s music. What is done with his music and the story written around it is great.

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason not to see it. At the Public before it heads for Broadway

70
Resonant, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You are patient and want to hear some amazing singing. The staging and cast are stellar. The book is a bit hard to follow the first half.

Don't see it if You don't like a slow burning story or melodrama. If you don't like radio shows/ stories, this is probably not for you.

Also Despite the weak book, the singing and staging were impacting. The fir... Read more Read less

85
At times: beautifully performed, Creative, Absorbing

See it if Bob Dylan's song catalog is important to you and you want to see a creative work using those songs as it focus

Don't see it if You are sensitive to what can become somewhat melodramatic or you do not appreciate Dylan's music

Also For me, overall, this was a beautiful work with some recoverable misse... Read more Read less

75
Slow, Great singing, Great acting, Confusing, Depressing

See it if You are o.k. with hearing some new and well-done arrangements of Bob Dylan songs.

Don't see it if You expect the songs and the story to flow well together or if you are turned off by a very depressing show.


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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