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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

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Must see

See it if Like a tone poem with a Dylan soundtrack that magnifies the sense of loneliness,loss and longing among inhabitants of depression era hotel

Don't see it if It’s not a jukebox musical- not really a musical- it defies categories in its originality so don’t go if you want Dylan’s greatest hits

Also It’s elegiac in its evocation of mood and feeling with the most extrao... Read more Read less

90
Intense, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you love great writing (McPerson and Dylan), superb cast, great singing and have a bit of the Irish in you (even if you aren't Irish)

Don't see it if you expect a happy ending musical or Broadway glitz

Also I think this is the first time I have really understood the complexity... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dated, Great singing, Resonant

See it if Remarkable casting; rich storytelling; smart use and styling of the Dylan song material

Don't see it if Most popular Dylan songs inspired audience members around me to sing along which is an obvious distraction; heavy story not for everyone

67
Ambitious, Good ensemble acting, singing, and musicianship, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you like the music of Bob Dylan and don't mind it being used in a weak, disappointing book.

Don't see it if you want to see a first class musical or prefer drama.

83
Great singing, Intense, Slow, Profound, Ambitious

See it if this is a play w music - not a musical. Fascinating arrangements of Dylan. The singers & musicians are terrific.

Don't see it if the show is painful and sad, a lyrical evocation of the Depression that offers little in the way of hope. there's a bit too much fussing

Also around in the staging, people wandering the stage to no apparent purpo... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you are interested in human stories told with grace by amazing actors. It's a phenomenal night at the theater.

Don't see it if you are looking for a Bob Dylan jukebox musical. It's really it's own story. I forgot these were famous songs, they fit the plot so well.

Also Well done Conor McPherson.

68
Disappointing, Slow, Great singing

See it if You’re willing to enjoy good singing and acting almost randomly put together; you love Dylan’s music in any context

Don't see it if You know Dylan’s repertoire and expect his music to be presented in some semblance of its original context. Want a great/uplifting storyline

Also Story felt a bit cobbled together around the music. Or was the music p... Read more Read less

79
Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You love Bob Dylan’s music. Depressing story about the renters in a rooming house & family that runs it The town people add interesting mix

Don't see it if You are expecting happiness. This is not the story of Bob Dylan. Not interested in dysfunctional drama

Also Mare Winningham play a demented wife excellently. The music is great

70
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You know the music. Not knowing Dylan well, I felt at sea for much of the show, trying to figure out how the songs might comment on the show

Don't see it if You're expecting a traditional narrative, diegetic songs, or anything that feels "big." It's quiet, often lovely, and mysterious.

Also A tough one to score. I found it often lovely, but the play and the mu... Read more Read less

82
Exquisite, Intense, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want a beautiful theatrical piece, that slowly takes you in and moves you.

Don't see it if You need spectacle when you see a musical.

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great singing, Must see

See it if Not quite a musical or a play, but a beautiful theatrical experience. The intimate production looks gorgeous and the cast is excellent.

Don't see it if You prefer big splash broadway musicals.

50
It’s truly a great depression...

See it if a man owns a boarding house on the verge of bankruptcy and makes some desperate choices for his family...

Don't see it if tone is unnecessarily depressing; the book doesn’t allow you to care for the characters; songs don’t compliment the storyline. Disappointed

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see a perfectly told story through the poetic brilliance of Bob Dylan’s music. The cast is phenomenal! This musical is gorgeous.

Don't see it if You don’t want to feel every type of emotion towards the story told by the cast. You feel part of their lives in this intimate staging.

73
Intelligent, Great music, Slow, Refreshing, Artistic

See it if you're ready for the rare jukebox musical that's sophisticated & smart. This is a heartfelt & artistic show. And the Dylan songs sound great

Don't see it if you're looking for an exciting show b/c I have to say, I found the plot kind of dull. My mind wandered during a lot of the book scenes.

65
Not for me

See it if See it if you enjoy hearing Dylan's songs sung well.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you want the story to blend with the music and lyrics.

Also The lighting design and the movement director did a wonderful job. The... Read more Read less

84
Enchanting, Slow, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the slower pacing and the unraveling of what I could best describe as an O'Neill play with Dylan's music. Muted, and haunting.

Don't see it if you are looking for a spectacle. No flashy sets or large-scale song and dance numbers. Strikingly Midwestern, with universal elements.

20
Overrated, Boring, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to be bored and depressed at the time, or if you're a huge McPherson or Dylan fan.

Don't see it if you are looking for characters you care about, a believable story, or music that supports the show.

Also I'm not a Dylan fan, so I don't really know his music (and, more impor... Read more Read less

82
Great singing, Slow

See it if I loved this, though I can't say why. My friend hated it& also can't say why. It's slow & not much happens & I didn't like any of the charac

Don't see it if ters, but the singing is great and I enjoyed the story, or what there was of it. Not for everyone, but the music is great.

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a beautiful show set brilliantly and seamlessly to music by Bob DYlan.

Don't see it if you are looking for a jukebox musical of Dylan's music.

84
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you love great shows at the public

Don't see it if you prefer light musicals

90
Great singing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want to see a beautiful piece of theatre a la Spoon River Anthology/Our Town. Dylan lyrics fit perfectly & the cast was heartrending.

Don't see it if you hate Dylan, want an upbeat, fast-paced, jazz-hand-y type of show. There are no bells, whistles, helicopters, or fluff here.

64
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You're a Dylan fan and want to see how his songs were incorporated into a drama--except they weren't. The songs brought the action to a stop

Don't see it if You want a coherent story in which the songs amplify the story, not interrupt it. Singing & acting superb, but the project was misconceived.

79
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to take a break and enjoy some good music. The singing is wonderful.

Don't see it if You want to see a real musical with a coherent story line.

Also I do enjoy myself, mostly because of the singing. The problem here is ... Read more Read less

84
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You like Bob Dylan’s music woven into a Depressuon-Era story.

Don't see it if You don’t like Dylan’s music and are uninterested in the period of the early 1930’s.

Also Wonderful storytelling of ordinary struggles combined with Dylan’s ear... Read more Read less

68
Great singing, Not-so-great story

See it if you're a Dylan fan, and would enjoy hearing his songs beautifully sung in arrangements you haven't heard before.

Don't see it if you want the story onto which the songs are grafted to be as compelling as the songs (it isn't).


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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