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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
Avg Score

During previews
Dylan for those who don't like his singing!

See it if Discover the magic of Dylan's lyrics in beautiful arrangements sung by an extremely talented cast. And Mare Winningham can sing!.

Don't see it if If looking for a light upbeat musical but you will be missing out on some gorgeous arrangments and singing of Bob Dylan's lesser known songs

Also Book is a little weak espec in second act but the music and interpreta... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great singing, Original, Absorbing, Depressing

See it if You enjoy ground-breaking productions, great singing, Bob Dylan music

Don't see it if you expect a traditional musical, hate Bob Dylan, prefer a happy ending

Also This is a hard show to describe, totally original in concept and stagi... Read more Read less

During previews
Great singing, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like Bob Dylans music and good singing a 1930's set story with a large cast.

Don't see it if Show has music that doesnt match the story and you may not enjoy it if you are not a Bob Dylan fan.

During previews
Resonant, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense

See it if A beautifully conceived and performed theater piece, moving, poetic, feels classic yet original. Gorgeous arrangements of Dylan's music

Don't see it if You are put off by plays that are set in 1930s Mid-America, are not strictly realistic drama or musical theater,or that echo Wilder, Saroyan

Also Dylan's words and music are not used to tell the story so much as to e... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Confusing

See it if If you love Bob Dylan's music, and don't care about characters or plot. The performances, harmonies and arrangements are fine.

Don't see it if you need to get to know & care about characters (there are too many, and you don't), or one where the songs heighten action.

Also This proves that building a show around songs doesn't work unless it's... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Resonant, Intense

See it if you appreciate Dylan's music and you're okay with non-traditional storytelling and like beautiful singing.

Don't see it if you're looking for a "musical." This is a play with music, the music sets a tone, intention, and emotion, but does not further the plot.

Also I found this play extremely resonant and the music was gorgeous. I thi... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you love oddly staged/arranged Dylan songs so much that you're willing to tolerate an unnecessary mediocre boardinghouse plot, or vice versa

Don't see it if you like musicals with any sort of symbiosis between the music and book, you are annoyed by cliched characters/tropes or cloying folksiness

Also Imagine if Our Town had been written by someone who'd never visited Ne... Read more Read less

During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Must see

See it if You want an a truly unique experience with a fantastic cast, great book, incredible interpretation of Bob Dylan, and more.

Don't see it if Don't want to think about a musical after you leave it.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Great singing

See it if You want to see something different and hear some great songs

Don't see it if You don't like shows that are flashy and have a lot of action

During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want a quality night at the theatre and you enjoy seeing things based on real life. Also if you want to leave singing some great tunes!

Don't see it if You aren’t a bob Dylan fan or are expecting a cheesy musical night out

During previews
Great singing, Exquisite

See it if Singing that reminds you how many super talented people there are out there. The story line is bleak and gets bleaker but hey, that's life

Don't see it if you don't like Poet Laureate words brought alive

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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