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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

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, You wish this was not sold out

See it if You love musicals, like Dylan, dislike Dylan, can accept ambiguity in relationships, can get tickets. Mine was a surprise at the last minute

Don't see it if you think it's about Dylan, don't like political or social problem plays, don't want to hear about poor people in the depression.

Also This play is stuffed with great singng and acting. It is all Dylan son... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Epic, Great singing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You're a Bob Dylan fan but you're comfortable with his songs being adapted in different contexts.

Don't see it if You're a Bob Dylan purist or you don't like musicals.

62
Ambitious, Great singing, Quirky, Overrated, Slow

See it if You love Bob Dylan music. The play and the music didn’t fit together that easily, but the music is good to listen to

Don't see it if You like your dialogue and lyrics closely aligned together.

71
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy an epic interestingly executed with Bob Dylan music performed in a new and different way.

Don't see it if You're easily confused, want Dylan's music played that way you remember and need total clarity in story-telling.

70
Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you LOVE Bob Dylan.

Don't see it if long, dark shows upset you, or if you need a happy ending.

30
Excruciating, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you don’t mind getting thrown out of the time period by random Bob Dylan songs.

Don't see it if you care about plot, need songs to make sense in the plot, or aren’t bothered by pointless theater.

100
Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if You love music, love an engaging story and are looking for the biggest surprise on Broadway.

Don't see it if You just want a jukebox musical

100
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like Dylan songs and just want to have a good feeling about humanity.

Don't see it if are not a Bob Dylan fan

95
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You love Dylan, O'Neill, Faulkner, Steinbeck. For the brilliant voices and performances.

Don't see it if You're expecting a jukebox musical or a greatest hits show. These are deep cuts. Skip it if you don't like a tearjerker or high melodrama.

91
Great music and singing

See it if You want to see something wonderful but not flashy- great voices, great music- story of life with all of the characters.

Don't see it if you don't like Bob Dylan music and words.

86
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Slow, Cliched

See it if you are an avid theatergoer that is open to an evening that experiments with the form of the jukebox musical.

Don't see it if you like razmatazz.

Also This show was beautiful. Slow, yes, a little... but really beautiful. ... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Intense

See it if You like Bob Dylan, and want to hear his lyrics sung by a full cast of gorgeous voices.

Don't see it if You're not into ensemble casts or period pieces. Or if you think this play has anything to do with Duluth aside from Dylan.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Great staging

See it if Well done development of the story and characters. The songs and voices were great,

Don't see it if If you don’t like Bob Dylan music

91
Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing

See it if Beautifully preformed songs. Interesting blend of a strong play with Dylan music that enhances the emotional impact of the script.

Don't see it if You prefer classic musicals or if you find the challenges many Americans experienced during the depression depressing.

89
Thoughtful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a story to stay with you, you want a little more depth than many musicals, you're a Dylan fanatic, or you like realism

Don't see it if Want a story that is more uplifting or happily ever after.

95
Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a show that looks back on a moment in American history that resounds today.

Don't see it if You are a Dylan purist and can't accept reinterpretations of his music.

4
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Insipid

See it if Dylan for Dummies! Never have Bob's songs been so debased. Except for Twyla Tharp. See it if you love to drink Heaven's Gate whiskey.

Don't see it if Dylan's songs ever meant something to you.

85
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Beautifully presented music of Bob Dylan with outstanding vocalists and cast.

Don't see it if You dont like plays set in earlier times, 1930's

91
Great writing, Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Beautiful, poignant storytelling - a mosaic of interweaving stories that commune beautifully with the songs. Unusual but magical!

Don't see it if You want a traditional jukebox musical. It just isn't.

75
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if I found the story compelling and the music nostalgic and well performed

Don't see it if NA

During previews
75
Cute, Jarring, Cliched, Great singing, Great music

See it if You like 1930's typical stories interspersed with music. Almost a cabaret act,

Don't see it if Nothing bad here. Nothing spectacular either. Not a must see.

Also The story is interesting and absorbing. The music is beautiful and bea... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Overrated, Great singing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Bob Dylan's music. Cast vocals are excellent and the story held my interest for the most part.

Don't see it if If you dislike slower paced shows. More like a play w/ music, Songs are beautifully sung but they don't further the plot.

Also I didn't feel emotionally connected to the outcome. The show is fine b... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Slow, Overrated, Great singing

See it if Good singing and staging. Thought it would be better. Music does not encourage or enhance the plot. If you like Bob Dylan's music.

Don't see it if If you want an upbeat fast show. Been better as a cabaret or concert mode.was awkward as a show.

During previews
86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great writing, Intense

See it if you're a fan of McPherson or Dylan, like dark plays, great atmospherics, beautiful singing, seeing Dylan's work reflect on situations

Don't see it if Dark, gloomy plots are not your thing, don't need reminders of the Depression or many characters to follow, don't appreciate Dylan's music

Also Unusual vehicle, not quite a musical, more a reflection of life in the... Read more Read less

During previews
86
This jukebox musical will cement dylan as the great american songwriter of the discarded and dispossessed

See it if 20 Dylan songs, many not well known, w razor-sharp lyrics, sung by strong actor-singers, esp. Harcourt & Winningham

Don't see it if more concert than play; tales of yearning/desperation of boarding house occupants during Depression contrived but songs bring them 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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