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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
79
Avg Score

During previews
40
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Don't . The dialog was so banal and ridiculous I almost laughed.

Don't see it if Don't

Also I was shocked how bad this show was. I am a big Dylan fan and was exci... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like Bob Dylan's songs in different settings surrounding a strong story-line. Not a juke box musical but meaningful.

Don't see it if You like tinsel musicals with simple songs and dance routines and banal stories. This is not for you.

Also Another superb production from the Public with a very talented cast, a... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Disappointing, Slow, Great singing, Overrated

See it if you’re such a fan of Bob Dylan that a play using his music would be enjoyable to you no matter how well-integrated or relevant the music is.

Don't see it if you want to be emotionally moved by the theater you see or if you’re expecting the music to give you insights into the characters.

Also I sat through the whole production trying to figure out why someone de... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Great acting, Great singing, Compelling, Great music

See it if excellent adaptation of Bob Dylan music, with an excellent ensemble cast, making Dylan's poetry more accessible & a compelling story

Don't see it if Dylan's music is not your thing, if the 50's in too dated as a context, or you expect a more fulsome plot about race/Klan activities in OK.

During previews
90
Great acting, Great singing, Beautiful

See it if It you want to see a beautiful show, with amazing singing

Don't see it if If you are looking for a comedy

Also I saw this show on the West end and had to see it again. It is beautif... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if love Dylan and great singing

Don't see it if Was disappointed although enjoyed it The story and songs did not always meah

During previews
76
We left at halftime.....though very well done

See it if you like Dylan's music and if you appreciate large musicals

Don't see it if you become depressed by the depression

Also While we appreciate that this will be a big success both at the Public... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Disappointing, Cliched, Great singing, Gorgeous songs. cobbled together.

See it if You're a Bob Dylan fan and want to hear his wonderful songs beautifully sung.

Don't see it if You prefer plots that are fresh, moving, and satisfying. You want something upbeat.

Also The songs and singing are great and the performances are quite good, b... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Great singing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you enjoy Bob Dylan's music and like Wilder-esque storytelling - there's something slightly off, though still a great production

Don't see it if you want to see something uplifting, or that contains more clarity in its storytelling

During previews
83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like the music of Bob Dylan and the serio-comic writing (more serio) of Conor McPherson.

Don't see it if You like your musicals or more so, plays with music light and fluffy.

During previews
77
Great staging, Slow, Confusing

See it if If you like Bob Dylan’s music you will like this. Well staged,terrific cast, I thought the show was to depressing but that’s the music

Don't see it if We left at intermission, it’s a depressing subject,and I don’t really like Dylan’s music.

During previews
100
Must see, Riveting, Great singing, Bob dylan does a musical

See it if you like shows where every element is attended to with care and the result is absorbing.Also a must for Bob Dylan fans

Don't see it if you dont like Bob Dylan

During previews
90
Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Resonant

See it if A haunting mix of beautiful voices singing dylan sounds that capture the sadness of the characters in a boarding house in minnesota

Don't see it if If you dont like dylan songs or a hybrid of sad characters singing and acting their lives in a boarding house during the depression

During previews
73
Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Indulgent, Underwritten

See it if you like Irish plays about Americana featuring gorgeous arrangements of familiar songs, sung by a fresh faced cast.

Don't see it if you prefer your jukebox musicals to be biographies featuring safe soundalike reproductions of classic songs w/ meaningless filler in between

Also I'm a big fan of Conor McPherson & a casual Bob Dylan fan. Was cautiou... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Sui generis and unique

See it if You love heart-stopping Theatre with a capital T. A whole world comes alive.

Don't see it if You’re not a Dylan fan.

Also Most of the music used in the show was totally unfamiliar to me, and m... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Beautiful, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a beautifully written, produced, acted and sung snapshot of life during the Depression.

Don't see it if You want to see something light.

Also Wow this was an exquisite production. Dylan’s music provides a backdro... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Confusing, Great singing, Overrated, Bleak, Great arrangements

See it if you love Bob Dylan's music, and are interested in seeing a new Depression-era Connor McPherson play infused with new Dylan arrangements.

Don't see it if you're not a Dylan fan, or are expecting a great plot-driven play where the songs advance the plot or have something to do with the story.

Also I was expecting it to be much better because of the critical acclaim i... Read more Read less

During previews
45
Dull, depressing, dated

See it if you like depression era stories where everyones lives are so awful that you feel suicidal during the show.

Don't see it if you prefer a story with a modicum of happiness.

During previews
92
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a more intimate musical production with a stellar ensemble cast.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a juke box musical.

Also A unique production with beautiful music. You don’t need to be a Bob D... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Good songs, weak story

See it if The real hero here are the songs and singing. They are beautiful and well performed. However, the story is weak and the dialogue

Don't see it if uninteresting. Why isn't this presented in a concert form? Those talent could sing more songs.

During previews
73
Romantic, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Enchanting

See it if You love jazzy music, treat it as a concert rather than a play. BEAUTIFUL singing.

Don't see it if You want an interesting story= not much of one. The songs are all from Bob Dylan, but almost unrecognizable in their arrangement.

During previews
95
Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see what jukebox musicals are capable of and can dare to be. Great ones, like this show, can make you re-think well-known songs.

Don't see it if Your definition of a musical includes chorus kick lines, hilarious hijinks and lots of playing out front. This show is subtle and spare.

Also I'm not a Dylan fan. Not a hater either, but I'm a bit too young to ha... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Ambitious

See it if I am a fan of Conor McPherson and he didn't disappoint. Incorporated Bob Dylan songs in a meaningful way without it becoming a jukebox show

Don't see it if You don't like Eugene O'Neill because it was that kind of dark subject matter but not as long as his plays.

During previews
49
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Overrated

See it if You like slow drama, coupled with folk music that has little to do with plot.

Don't see it if You don't like being mislead into musicals that are actually plays with music. Or if you want to hear your favorite bob dylan music.

During previews
98
Breathtaking, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see, Profound

See it if The poetry of Bob Dylan's music is appealing to you: How his work is brought to life through this story is once-in-a-lifetime.

Don't see it if you're put off by "play with music"-type shows that weigh story and song in equal measure. But, in all honesty, go see this.


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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