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About Girl from the North Country

Following a critically acclaimed sold-out run at London’s Old Vic and a West End transfer, "Girl from the North Country," the “astonishing” (The Guardian) new show from Olivier winner and Tony Award nominee Conor McPherson (The Weir, Shining City, The Seafarer) and music icon Bob Dylan will make its American premiere.

Dylan’s inimitable songbook is authentically transformed into this achingly beautiful story of a down-on-its-luck community on the brink of change in Duluth, Minnesota in 1934.

Named “one of the greatest playwrights working today” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, McPherson has created a new show, weaving the music of our greatest poet-singer-songwriter into a piercing drama about home, heart, and the searching determination of the American soul.

Photos by Joan Marcus.

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This is not your average jukebox musical. Featuring the songs of Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Bob Dylan, “Girl From the North Country” tells an original story by Irish playwright Conor McPherson set at a boarding house in Duluth, Minn., during the Great Depression on Thanksgiving. The locals include Nick Laine; his wife, Elizabeth, who’s suffering from dementia; their alcoholic son, Gene; and their adopted, pregnant daughter, Marianne, who won’t reveal the father of her child.

In the style of “Spring Awakening,” the show features characters who break the fourth wall and sing Dylan’s reimagined tunes into microphones while facing the audience, as if the songs are inner monologues. The play with music turns a light on the drifters who come in and out of the doors of the rundown guesthouse, which is on the brink of closing if Nick can’t pay the bank and save his family from homelessness.

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What To Watch For

  • Songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his songs and music in 2016.
  • Writer and director Conor McPherson was approached by representatives of Dylan about using his songbook in an original stage show.
  • Orchestrator Simon Hale has completely reworked Dylan’s songs, some of which have been arranged to fit the 1930s time period.
  • The band is inspired by the period. The Old Vic production included a drum kit and piano from the 1920s and a harmonium from the First World War.
  • Although “Girl From the North Country” is set in Dylan’s hometown, the action takes place seven years before he was born.

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2hr 30min (incl. intermission)

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