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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

78
Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Like a play with music rather than a big Bway musical Liked Once Like Bob Dylan music

Don't see it if Are expecting a big Bway musical

58
Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If one is captivated by the Bob Dylan music and doesn't mind that the book is not very good and slow.

Don't see it if One doesn't mind a confused and slow plot which is not particularly well directed or acted.

90
Touching and richly textured slice of american life during the depression enriched poignantly with dylan's songs very well performed.

See it if The wonderful performances of Dylan's songs are reason enough to see this, but the subtle deployment of a historical narrative to comment on

Don't see it if (cont') American life make this a wonderful evening in the theater. There are flaws, but the whole is so good they needn't be mentioned.

70
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love the songs of Bob Dylan - they are reimagined in a very interesting way!

Don't see it if You're looking for a good book - it was a very loose story that didn't go anywhere.

94
Absorbing, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You want to hear Dylan music but not hear Dylan's voice. Cast is totally terrific and story is compelling.

Don't see it if a NOT happy-go-lucky story is not your thing.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if A long time fan of Dylan. Seeing his music worked by Conor McPherson into an interesting historical piece made for a great experience.

Don't see it if Not a fan of Dylan. Not one for stories that are not happy and peppy.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Short-stories in depression era flophouse enhanced by beautifully sung Dylan songs will redeem your faith in musicals. Original & affecting.

Don't see it if Discouraged folks in a quiet hamlet shouldn't sing & dance. It moves tunefully through a modern Calvary where redemption isn't always joyous

90
Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You love Bob Dylan tunes splendidly sung and orchestrated within the context of an original story featuring desperate characters.

Don't see it if You're expecting a jaunty feel-good show. The book is serious and sometimes ponderous. But the musical portions are great.

87
Great singing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you like the music of Bob Dylan, want to see some of the most talented singers on stage, and like shows that aren't always happy-go-lucky

Don't see it if you prefer to leave the theater feeling hopeful - the show is bleak but outstanding and a fantastic showcase of a great American songwriter

82
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to hear some great music. You want to see Mare Winningham give a great performance. Have a warm feeling about life.

Don't see it if You are expecting your typical musical.

80
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy beautifully performed songs by Bob Dylan performed by an incredibly talented cast.

Don't see it if You aren’t ready for a play highlighting so many ugly aspects of America.

75
Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a simple setting, a very active stage of people aNd more than 1 story line

Don't see it if You prefer glitzy staging, active story line or deep subject

91
Enchanting, Exquisite, Epic, Intense, Intelligent

See it if a sui generis pastiche musical melodrama: stark, melancholy, haunting. Act 2 is a heartbreaker. Astonishing moments in music and staging.

Don't see it if you might find its bleakness dour. It borrows tropes from old-timey Americana, but be prepared for an experimental sensibility.

81
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Stays-with-you

See it if Because it will change theater for the better, the actors in great roles to match their talent (even the smallest part is great), and Dylan

Don't see it if You’re too old to remember how Dylan made you feel, because you need to feel this play

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great singing

See it if you want to hear Bob Dylan songs sung beautifully.

Don't see it if you don't want to be bored.

Also An extremely disappointing theatre experience. The play is fairly awfu... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Intelligent, Overrated, Slow, Great acting

See it if if you like moody, rambling, no-plot, multi-thread musicals with little emotional connection to the large cast of characters.

Don't see it if If you like linear, plot focused musicals where you develop an emotional connection with the characters. I ended with, "so what, who cares"

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you love the music and like the British style of staging (but whose changes make it so it doesn't quite live up to the hype from London)

Don't see it if you want good casting choices that elevate the material or you want a show that lives up to its emotional storyline

83
Dated, Great writing, Intense, Epic, Slow

See it if you like stories about multiple characters with multiple storylines thrown into the same circumstance; if you like bob dylan

Don't see it if you're easily confused, you hate period pieces

91
Profound, Refreshing, Riveting, Heartfelt, Enchanting

See it if you like shows with music tangentially related to the story, or you want to hear Dylan's songs EXQUISITELY performed by jaw-dropping talent.

Don't see it if you need a clear connection between songs and storyline. It's more "Once" than "Fiddler". It's a parable of a family during the depression.

Also This is an exquisite production. Beautifully cast, and the songs are p... Read more Read less

79
Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if you like: Bob Dylan's music & a great ensemble cast singing Dylan's music; a musical where the music tells the backstory of the characters.

Don't see it if you don't like: Dylan's music; a slow melancholy-almost depressing musical; a large ensemble cast

Also I wish this musical was a tad bit more uplifting; as is, the show is a... Read more Read less

87
Masterful, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience gorgeous singing and harmonies that wash all over you. I don't even like Dylan that much, but I loved this show!

Don't see it if you want something happy and peppy. This is a sad play with music.

82
Great singing, Great staging, Confusing, Refreshing, Slow

See it if you want to enjoy a night with sensational singing and atmospheric storytelling.

Don't see it if you care a lot about the story.

65
Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if enjoy jukebox musicals that involve a more serious tone.

Don't see it if slow, rarely humorous, dramas mixed with songs are not your idea of something you'd like.

Also Very talented singers are constantly interrupting the story with songs... Read more Read less

88
Great singing, Ambitious, Haunting, Layered

See it if you are a Dylan fan. I loved the various styles in which the music was sung. Also, if you are Mare Winningham fan.

Don't see it if you are looking for an upbeat musical.

Also This was an awesome ensemble cast. I LOVED Mare Winningham's character... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want new arrangements of Bob Dylan songs; if you like atmosphere more than plot; if you like character-filled stories

Don't see it if You need the mixture of songs and plot to make sense (it felt like 10 min of play then 5 min of Bob Dylan then back to the play)


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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