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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

70
Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Cliched, Overrated

See it if You like beautiful staging and singing. You like dylan's songs. Decent story weaved into it.

Don't see it if You want amazing acting, or a fast paced story that will keep you on the edge. It is just good enough that you won't hate it.

100
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like Bob Dylan's music and great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like Bob Dylan's music and strong character situations.

84
Ambitious, Great staging, Overrated, Clever, Virtuosic

See it if Depression-era drama built around Dylan songs appeals to you. Virtuosic ensemble doubles as musicians. Creative staging, strong performances

Don't see it if You don't like Dylan's music. You want a traditional, old-style musical. Don't like seeing struggling down-and-out characters on stage.

80
Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You’re into seeing a concert during the Great Depression. Not much of a book but the singing,staging & lighting all create a haunting mood.

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional musical where you get to clap after each song. Or you want to sing along to Dylan tunes.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You like the music of Bob Dylan, or simple but moving stories.

Don't see it if If you like fast moving shows.

Also Just a beautifully staged show. One surprise after another regarding t... Read more Read less

92
Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if You love Bob Dylan music aendingsand a surprising narrative

Don't see it if Don't see it if you want neat tidy endings

70
Great singing, Confusing, Slow

See it if you like Bob Dylan music, you enjoy non-linear plots, you are okay with a non-traditional story

Don't see it if you want a clear story to follow

97
Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You are a true theatre lover of great ensemble acting beautiful moving music songs and dancers and characters you come to know andbelievein

Don't see it if But DO if u are not a lover of Bob Dylan and his music the singing musicians and orchestrations fit seamlessly into the story and this show

Also Ould not be missed- truly!

76
Slow, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You love Dylan music You like Dylan, but love listening to great singers You are ok with sad, at times depressing stories I saw in Toronto

Don't see it if You like your musicals to be up beat You like the songs in the musicals to advance the plot You don't like Dylan music

95
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Finally a juke box musical that does not insult your intelligence!

See it if Dylan songs as a back drop to a drama set during the Great Depression - yes it works. The cast turns in a "John Doyle" like performance.

Don't see it if If the Dylan songbook is not for you then the show is not for you.

94
Riveting, Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Of course if you ar a Dylan fan. But even if you aren’t the singers are fantastic and the songs are transcendent

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional uplifting musical with a linear plot. It’s pretty dark, but beautiful.

78
Great singing, Dizzying, Intelligent, Slow, Great writing

See it if You are a massive fan of Bob Dylan's music and are looking for something new and original on broadway. The music and performances are great

Don't see it if You are looking for a simple story or well integrated music. The first act was kind of all over the place, but the second was beautiful

Also I'll just say that I think the story was great and the music was great... Read more Read less

76
Great singing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Bob Dylan music; you aren't too worried about plot; you like some depression era misery.

Don't see it if you're looking forward to seeing the title song featured in the performance. You prefer a tight story to follow.

Also The song arrangements and singing were great in this show. In my opini... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if You're interested in a character-driven story. It is a musical, but feels more like a play with songs to underscore characters' emotions.

Don't see it if You're just in it for the Bob Dylan music--the show isn't about the songs, they just help tell the story.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Intense

See it if Hear Dylan’s songs in a new light. arrangements are incredible-I Want You brought me to tears. If it moves to Broadway, grab tickets

Don't see it if It takes place in depression era Minnesota. It’s not an up play

85
Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You like Bob Dylan music -

Don't see it if If you don't like Bob Dylan music or hear different arrangements of his music

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Great singing

See it if I thought the singing and story line were great. The songs tied in very well with the story line. I would recommend it.

Don't see it if You don't understand the hardship of the depression. Also don't see if you don't like musicals

78
Great singing, Great staging, Riveting, Heart-breaking, Intense

See it if you appreciate the resonance of Bob Dylan's music. The arrangements of songs across his entire career exemplifies his music's timelessness

Don't see it if you're looking for an upbeat jukebox musical with everyone happy in the end.

93
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great singing, Profound

See it if you love Dylan's music, you can handle a show that is dark and moody, and you like innovative uses of music in a play.

Don't see it if you are expecting a show that is about Bob Dylan, or a traditional musical in which songs carry (rather than being accessories to) the story

78
Overrated, Slow, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you are a lover of Dylan music and diehard musical fan

Don't see it if you are not a lover of Dylan music and slow moving musicals

94
Outstanding ensemble, Gorgeous musical arrangements, Intelligent, Has staying power, Beautifully directed and staged

See it if you are curious how a canon of work can be presented as a song cycle/ thematic story of a community during a specific era of history.

Don't see it if Standard musical theater (i.e. songs advance the plot) is your preference. This is more of a mood piece in its totality.

95
Play with music,, Great singing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if Excellent use of 20 Bob Dylan songs by a very strong cast. Sad story of life's difficulties in hard times. Very well done

Don't see it if You are looking for exciting. This is thoughtful and rather slow.

93
Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Moving

See it if You can appreciate a wildly visionary interpretation of Bob Dylan songs. Superb cast and Mare Winningham shines. Sit close if you can.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of depression era themed plays and dislike Bob Dylan songs.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you love Dylan and want to see great performances of his songs set in a fairly predictable story that showcases the music.

Don't see it if you object to a fairly predictable story with standard characters, or if you don’t like Dylan.

87
Great acting, Great singing, Unique

See it if you would like to see music woven into a musical in a unique way.

Don't see it if you like one main storyline. This weaves together snippets of the stories of people who have come together by chance for a short time.


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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