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Why you need to see ‘Girl From the North Country’ in Australia

7 January 2022 by TodayTix
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Girl From The North Country at Theatre Royal Sydney (Photo by Daniel Boud)

Whether you love musicals, Bob Dylan, or both, Girl From The North Country is the perfect show for you, but there are many more reasons to go see this endearing musical about a group of people in Duluth, Minnesota (Dylan’s hometown) just trying to make it through the Great Depression.

One great reason to go is TodayTix is offering $35 Dylan’s Daily tickets for every performance. Download the TodayTix app for your chance to purchase $35 tickets for that day’s performance.

But there are so many more! Find out why you should spend at evening out at this one-of-a-kind musical.

Get tickets to The Girl From the North Country in Melbourne.

Girl from the North Country
Girl from the North Country (Photo by Daniel Boud)

It is a musical for people who don’t like musicals

If the idea of people bursting into song does not appeal, then this is the show for you. While it includes a host of brilliant songs, brilliantly performed, it isn’t a “musical” in the traditional sense. It is more like a fascinating and moving play that includes knock-out performances of some great tunes. Of course if, like us, you DO like musicals, then you will love it too!

It was the toast of the West End

This acclaimed musical had its world premiere at The Old Vic in London in 2017, and has had two sell-out return seasons since then, winning multiple Olivier Awards.

…and now it’s the toast of Broadway!

After a sell-out Off-Broadway run in 2019, the show is currently running on Broadway, where it has been nominated for several awards, including the 2022 Grammy Awards for Best Musical theatre album. 

Girl From The North Country at Theatre Royal Sydney (Photo by Daniel Boud)

It was written AND directed by the amazing Conor McPherson.

Dublin-born McPherson has achieved worldwide success as a playwright of hauntingly beautiful plays like The Weir and The Seafarer, winning countless awards. This is his first foray into the world of musicals, but brings his distinctive and uniquely Irish style to the show. 

Girl from the North Country
Girl from the North Country (Photo by Daniel Boud)

Bob Dylan gave it the thumbs up.

The legendary Dylan gave his permission to have Conor McPherson create a piece of theatre using his iconic and unmistakable music. McPherson was determined to find a way to reimagine the music — and the result is something as genre-defining as the man himself. 

19 Bob Dylan songs are featured in the show.

Bob Dylan wrote hundreds of brilliant songs, and many of the best of them are here, including “Hurricane”, “Forever Young” and “Like a Rolling Stone”. Of course it is his timeless “Make You Feel My Love” — now perhaps best known as its cover version by Adele – that will melt the hearts of audiences. 

Lisa McCune in Girl From TheNorth Country at Theatre Royal Sydney (Photo by Daniel Boud)

Everyone’s favourite Lisa McCune stars.

Some pretty amazing actors have played the role of Elizabeth Laine — the unpredictable and eccentric mother at the centre of the story, but Australian favourite Lisa McCune is right up there with them. Having tackled major roles on stage and screen for 30 years, she will bring all of her talent and stunning vocals to this juicy role. 

Callum Francis in Girl From The North Country at Theatre Royal Sydney (Photo by Daniel Boud)

West End and Broadway star…? Check!

The brilliant and beautiful Callum Francis — who has starred in New York and London as Lola in Kinky Boots (as well as in Australia, where he won a Helpmann Award!) is also in the cast. Moving far from Lola’s stiletto heels, he tackles the role of boxer Joe Scott, and gets to showcase his incredible versatility. 

The whole cast is incredible.

Every member of the cast is worthy of a shoutout, but then we would need a longer list! Packed with legendary Aussie stars (Peter Carroll and Helen Dalllimore for a start), and many familiar faces from both musical theatre and drama, the talent on the stage is unbelievable. Oh, and did we mention that many of the cast members also play musical instruments in the show? Impressive, right?

Get tickets to The Girl From the North Country.