“Girl From The North Country” is now on stage at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne for a strictly limited run of performances. The free-flowing production weaves multiple storylines together and fuses them with the songs of Bob Dylan for dramatic effect and a magical and spectacular performance from its cast.
In Australia, “Girl From The North Country” stars triple-threat stage and screen icon Lisa McCune, who is exceptional in her role as Elizabeth—a role that at first scared her—as well as Peter Kowitz (Janet King) Zahra Newman (The Book of Mormon, Wentworth) and Helpmann-Award winners Helen Dallimore and Peter Carroll.
There is power yet fragility imbued into each of their characters and it comes across throughout the drama and each of the almost 20 Bob Dylan songs.
The music of the legendary singer-songwriter has been reimagined and reinterpreted to find nuance and shades of meaning that add atmosphere to the uplifting story set in 1930s America. Bob Dylan’s most beloved tunes, as well as more obscure classics, are woven throughout the production that centres around a group of wanderers who cross paths at a guesthouse in Duluth, Minnesota—Bob Dylan’s hometown.
Many are running out of luck or have fallen on hard times through sickness or poor judgement while other characters are trying to find a way out of their dire situations when a storm late one night ushers in two new characters looking for shelter. Their arrival is a turning point as the characters run from the past and face unspoken truths.
Songs include ‘I Want You’, ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, ‘Idiot Wind’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Forever Train’ and ‘Sweetheart Like You’ among the songs performed by the cast.
The musical offers audiences a glimpse of life in America during the Great Depression backed by the hope and heartbreak of Bob Dylan’s songs. A sense of community can be found while redemption is always close at hand. And yet, nothing is ever as it seems.
The critically-acclaimed production by Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Seafarer) was nominated for and won multiple awards since opening at the Old Vic in London and selling out seasons in the West End, Toronto and Broadway, too.
Experience this modern masterpiece during its strictly limited season at the Comedy Theatre Melbourne from 29 April.