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Girl From The North Country

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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

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Bleak

See it if you're interested in a very well-acted and very well-observed slice of life of a community of down-on-their-luck people.

Don't see it if you're looking for something upbeat and flashy. This is not that kind of musical.

During previews
Great singing, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like unique music-theatre pieces like Once & Band’s Visit, that tell small, dreary stories.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a Dylan jukebox musical in the style of Jersey Boys, Summer, etc. His music is well sung, but only used to set tone.

During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Bob Dylan’s poetry/music, Set in a boarding house in the American Depression Era. Amazing cast of singer actor musicians.

Don't see it if You expect an elaborate musical production, and happy ending. Dislike profanity and sexual references. Are easily depressed.

Also This multi-talented cast is led by Sydney James Harcourt, who played A... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing, Cliched

See it if are a fan of Conor McPherson and/or Bob Dylan and if you want to see the results of blending their efforts.

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional musical in which the songs deepen characterization and/or advance the plot.

Also Mare Winningham and Sydney James Harcourt are outstanding.

During previews
Great singing and staging, Great ensemble acting, Must see

See it if Dylan’s poetry sung beautifully by engaging characters trapped in difficult time of depression era rural America. Story illuminated by music

Don't see it if Different than a typical jukebox musical, it isn’t song after song, and doesn’t focus on Dylan’s life or songwriting.

During previews
Unoriginal, Dreary, Unrelenting, With a few heartstopping moments

See it if There are a few performances that are almost worth the $70-90 ticket. Especially Hurricane and I Want You, If you like a dour look at 1930's

Don't see it if You are a Dylan purist. This is a relentless mashup of depression era movies with no wit or originality. Everyone loses and there is no joy.

Also The set was boring and monotone. And the scene shifts did little to ch... Read more Read less

During previews
Plaintive, Some great acting, Weak narrative, Indifferent staging, Still in previews

See it if Well intentioned blend of Dylan’s songs & depression era story. Lots of great voices in big cast. Wonderful Mare Winningham.

Don't see it if Book needs work as does some uneven acting. Not for those who prefer a feel-good musical. McPherson might not “get” Americana.

During previews
Refreshing, Must see, Great singing, Heartbreaking

See it if you love more intimate musicals a la Band's Visit. It helps to like Bob Dylan's music–with this show you'll hear it done in a whole new way.

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional jukebox or bio-musical. This is more a play with music but it wows.

Also I saw this in London last fall at the Old Vic and it works so well in ... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you like the Public Theater, if you like Dylan's music.

Don't see it if If you are not a Dylan fan. Disjointed book, not integrated well with music, about characters in a boarding house.

During previews
Dylan's poetic and compelling lyrics are the show's lifeline, Haunting, Gorgeous singing/harmonies, Uneven yoking of songs and story, Engaging

See it if you can allow story-telling to be cliche and scattered if the music, lyrics, and singing are mesmerizing; a fan of Bob Dylan's poetic work.

Don't see it if you aren't invested in Dylan's music, small-town American life post-Great Depression, or lackluster plot points that you've seen before.

Also Romantic and rustic, Girl from the North Country is Spoon River meets ... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Epic, Disappointing, Great music

See it if you're looking for a sad Steinbeck-ish novel meets Bob Dylan's music. Songs work surprisingly well for the period. Great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if your looking for Dylan's greatest its. I left the theatre trying to figure out who the protagonist was. Plot was dark and painfully slow.

Also This is a large cast and many plot lines. A sad story about a bed and ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Resonant, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see Bob Dylan songs beautifully sung while enhancing the characters in a Depression era play.

Don't see it if You want a tighter book. The arrangements of the song and the talented actors more than made up for some weakness in the script.

Also Mare Winnigham and Sydney James Harcourt were outstanding!

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a Depression era tale overlayed with bluesy versions of Dylan songs done by a large, excellent troupe

Don't see it if You want musical comedy, this is a drama with music

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like a brilliant ensemble with flawless choreography, staging and a great book. Oh, and DYLAN songs with new arrangements.

Don't see it if You expect this to be just another "jukebox musical".

Also This show is Broadway ready. See it as this will sell out quickly.

During previews
Great singing, Edgy, Melancholy

See it if You love Dylan's songs, and his logic and narrative sense. An intimate, poetic musical, it is strange and wonder-ful, with creative staging.

Don't see it if You are expecting Rodgers and Hammerstein. This is as inexplicable as a Dylan song, with elements as compelling as his best lyrics.

Also I generally do not care for musicals, but was increasingly charmed as ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like Dylan's music, some you may not have heard woven into a 1934 hard-luck story in Minnesota. Compelling and moving.

Don't see it if You don't like Dylan's music or a loosely knit plot.

During previews
Beautifully sung, Atmospheric, Strong cast, Dark, Book is weakest part of the whole

See it if you had no idea Dylan's music could sound so exquisite. If you want to be transported to another time and place where there is suffering.

Don't see it if you are bothered by a show that is more about creating a mood than providing a coherent narrative. If you want something light.

During previews
Confusing, Great singing, Disappointing, Intense, Slow

See it if you enjoy Dylan's songbook, like hearing fantastic singers and are not afraid of depressing book.

Don't see it if you are adverse to foul language, loose/dropped plot strings or not-full-integrated jukebox musicals.

During previews
Banal, Great singing, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You want to hear good renditions of Bob Dylan songs (whose voice I am not a fan of). Or if you like a lot of exposition through narration.

Don't see it if You are expecting a coherent story that has plot points that are resolved and not just dropped arbitrarily.

Also A lot has been made about how to classify this show whether it be a mu... Read more Read less

During previews
Pretty, Transportive, Evanescent, Forgettable

See it if you likes themes of Americana evoked by Bob Dylan music.

Don't see it if you are not open to a show that can neither be defined as a jukebox musical or a play with music.

Also Girl from the North Country manages to be a moving evening with atmosp... Read more Read less

During previews
Dylan songs, Wonderful singing, Entertaining, Misses the mark

See it if Lovely renditions of Bob Dylan Songs. Good portrayals of melodramatic plot. Successfully moody. Memorable staging.

Don't see it if You like your musicals straightforward and upbeat. You don't like a rooming house approach to drama.And it's a downer.

Also This reminded me of a Saroyan play but less optimistic. A house full o... Read more Read less

During previews
Great singing, Great ensemble acting, Unique, Great staging, Original concept

See it if you like Bob Dylan's music and enjoy watching a large cast of actors form an amazing acting, singing, and dancing ensemble to tell a story.

Don't see it if you don't like Bob Dylan's music and you don't like "outside the box" theatrical concepts.

During previews
Great singing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if The expectation of a Bob Dylan musical at the Public.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch unlovable people suffer their way to an unsatisfactory conclusion. The guys you want to win or just survive don't

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if like Dylan songs; the story is really well written and the music turns Dylan back on his roots. I could see this multiple times

Don't see it if No reason not to see it--even if you hate Dylan, it's people who can sing doing his songs.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if bob dylan music intersperses into a depression era story with outstanding cast

Don't see it if if you think it is only 1960 dylan catalog or a dylan juke box musical

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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