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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
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Avg Score

89
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if To experience an emotional, dramatic and interesting original show with beautifully orchestrated music from Bob Dylan. Well acted and sung.

Don't see it if You like big splashy musicals with lots of choreographed dancing,splashy scenery and staging where you don’t have to pay attention or think.

84
Enchanting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if A sensitive hybrid piece of Dylan's songs beautifully re-arranged and McPherson's text. Staged with elegance.

Don't see it if You are not keen on Dylan's music

61
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You love Dylan lyrics in a stylized rendition to fit the script of depression era tales played by talented actors, singers and musicians

Don't see it if You are not a Bob Dylan fan and don't love multi plot lines delivered with music

91
Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see

See it if Stunning production with a huge cast with amazing voices. Dylan songs never sounded so poetic. An intimate show that transforms and inspires

Don't see it if You want an action show. This is all about the nuances of a small place and human interaction. You are open to new versions of Dylan songs.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You love music, beautifully performed by a terrific ensemble in an absorbing story.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of plays with music. I wouldn't call this a musical, per se.

90
Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if want to see a masterfully staged musical. The show exquisitely creates a mood of the '30s and sustains it throughout the entire show.

Don't see it if ...need a perfect story & songs that support it. Normally this would bug me, but if the lyrics aren't obviously relevant, the melodies are.

68
Great acting, Great singing, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You want to listen to great covers of Dylan’s music and see some excellent aco.

Don't see it if You are looking for an engaging story.

88
Absorbing, Great singing, Epic, Great staging, Profound

See it if You like musicals that present big ideas in a small story.

Don't see it if You can’t stand musicals that take their time to resolve.

100
Great singing, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to see terrific actors, terrific voices, really great arrangements of Dylan’s songs. Who knew Mare Winningham could sing like that?

Don't see it if You don’t like dramatic musicals with Depression-era themes.

89
Moving, mournful, "chekhovian" musical

See it if Masterful use of Dylan songs to reveal character impressionistically. Best to absorb superb performances and not over-intellectualize.

Don't see it if ...you're expecting a conventional, plot-driven musical. Strikes me as a polarizing show -- love or dislike. For me it was love.

71
Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated

See it if You want to feel a taste of the south. It was ok but I found myself looking at my watch which is never a good sign

Don't see it if You want to recognize Dylan’s music. I am a Bob Dylan fan and didn’t recognize several of the songs. It was too long for me.

98
Great acting, Great singing, Quirky, Must see

See it if See it if you like or never liked the music of Bob Dylan’s music. What is done with his music and the story written around it is great.

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason not to see it. At the Public before it heads for Broadway

70
Resonant, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You are patient and want to hear some amazing singing. The staging and cast are stellar. The book is a bit hard to follow the first half.

Don't see it if You don't like a slow burning story or melodrama. If you don't like radio shows/ stories, this is probably not for you.

Also Despite the weak book, the singing and staging were impacting. The fir... Read more Read less

85
At times: beautifully performed, Creative, Absorbing

See it if Bob Dylan's song catalog is important to you and you want to see a creative work using those songs as it focus

Don't see it if You are sensitive to what can become somewhat melodramatic or you do not appreciate Dylan's music

Also For me, overall, this was a beautiful work with some recoverable misse... Read more Read less

75
Slow, Great singing, Great acting, Confusing, Depressing

See it if You are o.k. with hearing some new and well-done arrangements of Bob Dylan songs.

Don't see it if You expect the songs and the story to flow well together or if you are turned off by a very depressing show.

88
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like Bob Dylan, good acting, a moving story. It held my interest. I only knew a few of the songs, but enjoyed them all.

Don't see it if don't like old fashioned stories.

97
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Amazing music and moving story. A very powerful moment about racism. I got the last seat. Loved it.

Don't see it if If you don’t like historical musicals or the music of Bob Dylan.

84
Absorbing, Slow, Intense, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you love Bob Dylan, you like untraditional narratives, multiple characters, piecing together a story.

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical where music directly carries on the narrative, or exactly reflects the situation. Clear cut main characters

85
Absorbing, Great singing, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you want to see a "different" play with music borrowed from Bob Dylan's catalog.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional musical with a story arc.

Also I thought Act 1 was good (wasn't sure where this was taking me but I w... Read more Read less

71
Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Dull

See it if you want to hear covers of Dylan songs more than you want a coherent, vibrant, entertaining play.

Don't see it if you're expecting great theater with characters you care about, a story arc and music that makes sense with the action it's highlighting.

Also While the only real negative I can say is that the songs most often di... Read more Read less

91
Entertaining, Great singing, Interesting arrangements, Not a jukebox musical

See it if you want to see a plot-filled piece with well-sung unusual arrangements of Dylan songs -- and an amazing performance by Mare Winningham.

Don't see it if you're looking for a straight-ahead things-are-so-clear musical or want to hear only Dylan's hits.

Also This is an interesting and entertaining production -- but you'll proba... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are a Bob Dylan fan and want to see his songs in a story that make them feel true. You like bleakly realist shows and don't mind drama.

Don't see it if you want to see a happy or action packed show. You don't like character study pieces.

Also I enjoyed this show, but not quite as much as I was hoping to. I was v... Read more Read less

56
Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow, Confusing, Boring

See it if you're familiar with Dylan's music, but not a huge fan. You want to see something with a lot of positive buzz that will likely transfer

Don't see it if you are a big Dylan fan or are expecting a cohesive story. Every character has the most minimal development, the songs feel shoehorned in

Also Songs rarely matched the context, in content or tone. Zero character d... Read more Read less

51
Cliched, Banal, Overrated, Great singing, Dylan!

See it if You love Dylan's music. The songs are strong, and two or three are absolute show stoppers.

Don't see it if The "book" is every cliché about the Great Depression, used to introduce Dylan songs. Very disappointing for a fan of Conor McPherson.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You want to see a beautifully written, classic American drama that innovatively weaves in preexisting music.

Don't see it if You need the music in your plays to drive story.


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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