Conor McPherson and Bob Dylan's Girl From the North Country, which reopened at Broadway's Belasco Theatre April 29 for 50 performances through June 11, celebrates its recent seven Tony nominations with a new video charting the musical's journey to Broadway.
Narrated by Robert Joy, the video details the challenges the acclaimed musical has faced throughout the past three-and-a-half years as a group of artists hoped to "share a hopeful tale about a group of wayward souls just trying to make their way in America." The video above also features commentary by McPherson and several co-stars.
Girl From the North Country received seven Tony nominations May 9, including Best New Musical, Best Book of a Musical (McPherson), Best Orchestrations (Simon Hale), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Simon Baker), Best Direction of a Musical (McPherson), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Mare Winningham), and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Jeannette Bayardelle).
The current Broadway cast includes Todd Almond, Colin Bates, Tony nominee Jeannette Bayardelle, Craig Bierko, Jennifer Blood, Matthew Frederick Harris, Caitlin Houlahan, Robert Joy, Luba Mason, Ben Mayne, Matt McGrath, Tom Nelis, Jay O. Sanders, John Schiappa, Austin Scott, Housso Semon, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, Rachel Stern, Ben Toomer, Chiara Trentalange, Bob Walton, Aidan Wharton, Chelsea Lee Williams, and Tony and Oscar nominee and two-time Emmy winner Mare Winningham.
Girl From the North Country originally opened March 5, 2020, but closed just a week later due to New York’s COVID restrictions. The production reopened October 13, 2021, subsequently temporarily closing January 23, 2022.
Featuring a book by director McPherson and music from Dylan's catalog, the musical offers a slice-of-life look at a small community in Duluth, Minnesota, where the Laine family operates a rundown guesthouse.
Girl From the North Country features scenic and costume design by Rae Smith; orchestrations, arrangements, and music supervision by Simon Hale, with additional arrangements by Hale and McPherson; lighting design by Mark Henderson; sound design by Simon Baker; movement direction by Lucy Hind; and music direction by Marco Paguia.
The musical, which originated at The Old Vic in London, has also played in the West End and Toronto, at New York's Public Theater and is currently playing across Australia and embarking upon a U.K. and Ireland tour, opening in Dublin June 25. The musical will launch a national tour in fall 2023 at Hennepin Theatre Trust/Broadway in Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre.
The Broadway production of Girl From The North Country is produced by Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Steven Lappin, Sony Music Entertainment/Sony ATV, David Mirvish, Len Blavatnik, The Dodgers, Eric & Marsi Gardiner, Dianne Roberts, John Gore Organization, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Tommy Mottola, Independent Presenters Network, Rod Kaats, Diana DiMenna, Mary Beth O’Connor, Barbara H. Freitag, Patrick Catullo, The Old Vic, and The Public Theater with Aaron Lustbader serving as executive producer.