Girl From the North Country on Broadway
About Girl From the North Country
Playwright Conor McPherson reimagines the songs of the legendary Bob Dylan in GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY — the soaring masterwork about the dreams we keep close and the people we hold dear.
At a guesthouse at the crossroads of the nation, wanderers face a turning point in their lives. Each one is driven by a dream — some for work, some for love, all for hope. They each have a song to sing, and once they do, their lives will change forever.
During the critically praised, sold-out run at the Public Theater, The New York Times raved GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY “is as close as mortals come to heaven on earth.” Now, this work of extraordinary beauty arrives on Broadway at last.
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What happens when a Bible salesman and an out-of-luck boxer knock on your door? It’s 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota and the Great Depression threatens to fully dismantle the lives underneath the roof of an old, rundown guest house owned by the Laine family. Nick, the owner of the guest house spreads his thin time between his wife Elizabeth, who has been stricken with dementia, and a widow staying in a free room. The couple’s adopted teenage daughter is pregnant and their son is riding a fine line between alcoholism and livelihood. One rainy night, when two new tenants make their way to the guest house — everything changes.
Bob Dylan’s music sits at the heart and soul of “Girl From the North Country.” Nineteen of his songs (both old favorites and hidden gems) weave their way within the fabric of this story. The show includes hit songs such as “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Make Your Feel My Love,” “Forever Young,” and (the titular) “Girl From the North Country,” and Dylan’s songs have “never sounded quite so heartbreakingly person and universal at the same time,” according to The New York Times. Written and directed by playwright Conor McPherson, the musical comes to Broadway after acclaimed runs in London and off-Broadway.
What To Watch For
- Instruments from the 1930s are used to accompany the actors throughout the show.
- Writer and director Conor McPherson is a two-time Tony Award nominee for “Shining City” and “The Seafarer.”
- “Girl From the North Country” is the second Broadway show to use Dylan's music; dance musical by Twyla Tharp “The Times They Are a-Changin'” was the first in 2006.
- Conor McPherson was inspired by Eugene O’Neill when he was writing the script for “The Girl From the North Country,” as the boarding house and the people coming in and out felt like O’Neill’s epic works.
2hr 30min (incl. intermission)
Recommended for ages 12 and up. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.