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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

85
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting

See it if You love or do NOT love Bob Dylan music (the musical arrangements and scoring are brilliant)

Don't see it if You want to be challenged to put the pieces together (the music and story are not necessarily always together)

Also I loved this so much I saw it a second time. The play is a dark tale w... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if If you want to have a new experience in the theatre. Are a fan of Dylan. Lik exquisite singing and acting. Want to be delighted.

Don't see it if You don’t like music and excellent productions

78
Intense, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of Dylan's music but can appreciate dramatic reinterpretation. You don't mind a "musical" taking a dark turn in the second half

Don't see it if You like shows where the book and score work closely together; you're a Dylan purist; you want something uplifting

70
Enchanting, Slow, Disjointed, Great singing, Gloomy

See it if Saying you saw a hyped show matters to you, character empathy comes easy for you, you want to see a new take on a jukebox musical

Don't see it if You have been to Minnesota (accents and book are not true to region), you want the music to carry the story

87
Profound, Great singing, Clever

See it if you enjoy beautiful voices singing excellent lyrics, unique staging and a profound story about a difficult time in american history.

Don't see it if you are expecting a jukebox musical where the Bob Dylan songs sound just like on his albums.

80
Entertaining, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a homespun yarn, retold by a narrator about Depression Era longing and hope for a better life, with reworked Dylan music.

Don't see it if You are expecting a play about Dylan

Also I was hoping for more.

95
Powerful, Clever, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate seeing amazingly versatile talent all encompassing you, if you can handle being transported to hard times, if you like music.

Don't see it if you are not interested in risk taking theater or need happy endings.

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you love Dylan,his lyrics and superb voices...as well as "Our Town"

Don't see it if you want uplifting and glitzy musicals ,or Dylan personified

75
Well produced, Great singing, Original story, Atmospheric

See it if You love Dylan's music and want to hear the songs fit into an original narrative. Atmosphere and depression era stories are well portrayed

Don't see it if You don't like a story interrupted by too much music, especially in the second act.

80
Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if You enjoy shows for beautiful music and beautiful designs. The show is very successful at evoking emotion and atmosphere.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Bob Dylan or like a more traditional book musical format in narrative.

92
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You are finally ready for some serious theatre, beautifully written and exceptionally entertaining, that includes Bob Dylan’s iconic songs.

Don't see it if If you interested in conventional narrative and haven’t a clue what reminiscent of “Our Town” means or who Bob Dylan is.

88
Entertaining, Intelligent, Delightful, Great staging

See it if If you like the music of Bob Dylan or even if you’re unfamiliar with it and appreciate sprawling, intense family dramas. And music!

Don't see it if You think a family musical set in the depression isn’t of interest.

90
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Like Bob Dylan

Don't see it if Don't like Dylan

Also Dylan fans will love show

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, You wish this was not sold out

See it if You love musicals, like Dylan, dislike Dylan, can accept ambiguity in relationships, can get tickets. Mine was a surprise at the last minute

Don't see it if you think it's about Dylan, don't like political or social problem plays, don't want to hear about poor people in the depression.

Also This play is stuffed with great singng and acting. It is all Dylan son... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Epic, Great singing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You're a Bob Dylan fan but you're comfortable with his songs being adapted in different contexts.

Don't see it if You're a Bob Dylan purist or you don't like musicals.

71
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy an epic interestingly executed with Bob Dylan music performed in a new and different way.

Don't see it if You're easily confused, want Dylan's music played that way you remember and need total clarity in story-telling.

70
Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you LOVE Bob Dylan.

Don't see it if long, dark shows upset you, or if you need a happy ending.

100
Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if You love music, love an engaging story and are looking for the biggest surprise on Broadway.

Don't see it if You just want a jukebox musical

100
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like Dylan songs and just want to have a good feeling about humanity.

Don't see it if are not a Bob Dylan fan

95
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You love Dylan, O'Neill, Faulkner, Steinbeck. For the brilliant voices and performances.

Don't see it if You're expecting a jukebox musical or a greatest hits show. These are deep cuts. Skip it if you don't like a tearjerker or high melodrama.

91
Great music and singing

See it if You want to see something wonderful but not flashy- great voices, great music- story of life with all of the characters.

Don't see it if you don't like Bob Dylan music and words.

86
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Slow, Cliched

See it if you are an avid theatergoer that is open to an evening that experiments with the form of the jukebox musical.

Don't see it if you like razmatazz.

Also This show was beautiful. Slow, yes, a little... but really beautiful. ... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Intense

See it if You like Bob Dylan, and want to hear his lyrics sung by a full cast of gorgeous voices.

Don't see it if You're not into ensemble casts or period pieces. Or if you think this play has anything to do with Duluth aside from Dylan.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Great staging

See it if Well done development of the story and characters. The songs and voices were great,

Don't see it if If you don’t like Bob Dylan music

91
Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing

See it if Beautifully preformed songs. Interesting blend of a strong play with Dylan music that enhances the emotional impact of the script.

Don't see it if You prefer classic musicals or if you find the challenges many Americans experienced during the depression depressing.


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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