Girl From The North Country, the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical that enjoyed a celebrated run at the Public Theater earlier this season, is coming to Broadway. The musical with a book by Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, The Weir), with a score composed of Bob Dylan songs, will play Broadway’s Belasco Theatre, with a February 2020 opening. McPherson, who directed the piece for its Off-Broadway run will also helm the Broadway production. Casting and other details will be forthcoming.
Girl From The North Country is set in 1934. “A time-weathered guesthouse in the heartland of America. Only a song can shake off the dust for one group of wayward souls—and old dreams may hold the promise of new beginnings. As they pass in and out of each other’s lives, their stories awaken with passion, fury and extraordinary beauty. McPherson writes and directs this heartbreaking and universal story about family and love.”
The jukebox musical premiered at London’s Old Vic Theatre in 2017 and then transferred to London’s West End for a 12-week limited engagement at the Noël Coward Theatre. The piece made its North American premiere at the Public Theater where it ran from September 30 to December 22, 2018. The Public Theater cast included Todd Almond, Jeannette Bayardelle, Stephen Bogardus, Sydney James Harcourt, Caitlin Houlahan, Robert Joy, Marc Kudisch, Luba Mason, Tom Nelis, David Pittu, Colton Ryan, Samantha Marie Ware, and Mare Winningham. There has been no determination whether or not any of the Public Theater cast will make the journey to Broadway.
Girl From The North Country is now on sale to groups, with single tickets going on sale this fall.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.