Dylan’s acclaimed musical comes to Canberra
IN yet another blow to Canberra Theater boss Alex Budd, it was announced late this morning (7 March) that the theater had secured Bob Dylan’s musical ‘Girl From the North Country’ for a season run. August to September after it airs in Adelaide and Melbourne
The announcement preceded the official subscription season preview which will take place tonight, but one of the show’s stars, Lisa McCune, was on hand to help Budd talk about the show, which was billed as a play for now, for its release. of containment.
The announcement follows two postponements (now to 2023) of the 9/11 musical “Come From Away,” to which Dylan’s show has been compared by many.
Described in his review of the Sydney season by “CityNews” critic Bill Stephens as “an ensemble show”, it features a serious line-up of actors, including McCune, Zahra Newman, Helen Dallimore, Peter Carroll and Terence Crawford and Greg Pierre.
Everyone knows who wrote the 22 songs of ‘Girl From the North Country’, but the screenplay is by famed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, after being approached by Bob Dylan’s record company, reinvented Dylan’s songs and created a play set in 1930s depression-era Minnesota, specifically Duluth, Dylan’s birthplace. But McPherson and Dylan never met.
The story is set in a boarding house and the songs reveal the characters’ inner lives so that, rather than being a conventional musical, it is a play with music where the focus is put on the people of the pension backed by a small live band using simple acoustic instruments of the time.
The pieces feature famous songs such as “Hurricane”, “Like a Rolling Stone” and “All Along The Watchtower”, but there is also “Duquesne Whistle”, Dylan’s new song in the series, and a host of others, such as “Sign on the Window”, “Forever Young” and “Every Grain of Sand”.
“Girl From the North Country”, Canberra Theatre, August 25-September 3. Reservations open March 10 here or 6275 2700.
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Ian Meikle, editor