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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

Play with music,, Great singing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if Excellent use of 20 Bob Dylan songs by a very strong cast. Sad story of life's difficulties in hard times. Very well done

Don't see it if You are looking for exciting. This is thoughtful and rather slow.

Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Moving

See it if You can appreciate a wildly visionary interpretation of Bob Dylan songs. Superb cast and Mare Winningham shines. Sit close if you can.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of depression era themed plays and dislike Bob Dylan songs.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you love Dylan and want to see great performances of his songs set in a fairly predictable story that showcases the music.

Don't see it if you object to a fairly predictable story with standard characters, or if you don’t like Dylan.

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You are a Bob Dylan fan. The music is the most redeeming aspect. Not McPherson’s best.

Don't see it if You are expecting McPherson’s writing to carry the day. This is a tremendous disappointment after The Night Alive and The Weir.

Great acting, Great singing, Unique

See it if you would like to see music woven into a musical in a unique way.

Don't see it if you like one main storyline. This weaves together snippets of the stories of people who have come together by chance for a short time.

Cliched, Confusing, Great singing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you LOVE bob dylan.

Don't see it if you want a musical that makes sense.

Great singing, Great staging, Slow, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You love Bob Dylan and his music and don't care if a play makes sense as long as the music is great.

Don't see it if You don't like Bob Dylan. You want a story that goes along with the music and makes sense.

Confusing, Overrated, Ambitious, Great acting, Depressing

See it if you like dark dramas. the acting was wonderful but the story left me flat. I found it confusing and depressing.

Don't see it if if you don't like dark stories.

Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Clever

See it if You are a Bob Dylan devotee

Don't see it if You dislike Bob Dylan and don’t want to see another Depression era play

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting

See it if You love or do NOT love Bob Dylan music (the musical arrangements and scoring are brilliant)

Don't see it if You want to be challenged to put the pieces together (the music and story are not necessarily always together)

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Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if If you want to have a new experience in the theatre. Are a fan of Dylan. Lik exquisite singing and acting. Want to be delighted.

Don't see it if You don’t like music and excellent productions

Intense, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of Dylan's music but can appreciate dramatic reinterpretation. You don't mind a "musical" taking a dark turn in the second half

Don't see it if You like shows where the book and score work closely together; you're a Dylan purist; you want something uplifting

Enchanting, Slow, Disjointed, Great singing, Gloomy

See it if Saying you saw a hyped show matters to you, character empathy comes easy for you, you want to see a new take on a jukebox musical

Don't see it if You have been to Minnesota (accents and book are not true to region), you want the music to carry the story

Profound, Great singing, Clever

See it if you enjoy beautiful voices singing excellent lyrics, unique staging and a profound story about a difficult time in american history.

Don't see it if you are expecting a jukebox musical where the Bob Dylan songs sound just like on his albums.

Entertaining, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a homespun yarn, retold by a narrator about Depression Era longing and hope for a better life, with reworked Dylan music.

Don't see it if You are expecting a play about Dylan

Also I was hoping for more.

Powerful, Clever, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate seeing amazingly versatile talent all encompassing you, if you can handle being transported to hard times, if you like music.

Don't see it if you are not interested in risk taking theater or need happy endings.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you love Dylan,his lyrics and superb well as "Our Town"

Don't see it if you want uplifting and glitzy musicals ,or Dylan personified

Well produced, Great singing, Original story, Atmospheric

See it if You love Dylan's music and want to hear the songs fit into an original narrative. Atmosphere and depression era stories are well portrayed

Don't see it if You don't like a story interrupted by too much music, especially in the second act.

Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if You enjoy shows for beautiful music and beautiful designs. The show is very successful at evoking emotion and atmosphere.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Bob Dylan or like a more traditional book musical format in narrative.

Dated, Ambitious, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You think that the only thing you need to shoehorn Dylan’s music into a musical is a banjo and a washboard.

Don't see it if You like plot lines that complete their storyline, or you actually like knowing when an act is going to start.

Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You are finally ready for some serious theatre, beautifully written and exceptionally entertaining, that includes Bob Dylan’s iconic songs.

Don't see it if If you interested in conventional narrative and haven’t a clue what reminiscent of “Our Town” means or who Bob Dylan is.

Great acting, Overrated

See it if You like Bob Dylan, or enjoy shows with beautiful staging.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with plot points that don't get resolved, aren't a Bob Dylan fan, or want the plot to relate to the songs that are sung

Entertaining, Intelligent, Delightful, Great staging

See it if If you like the music of Bob Dylan or even if you’re unfamiliar with it and appreciate sprawling, intense family dramas. And music!

Don't see it if You think a family musical set in the depression isn’t of interest.

Great acting, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You love to hear great voices and acting

Don't see it if The story is too long. Need more singing

Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Like Bob Dylan

Don't see it if Don't like Dylan

Also Dylan fans will love show

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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