“Girl from the North Country,” the Tony-nominated musical that uses songs by Bob Dylan, will hit the road for a North American tour beginning fall 2023 at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. The Orpheum will also host technical rehearsals for the production. The dates of the shows will be announced later.
“It is quite an honor for the Hennepin Theater Trust to kick off the national tour given Minnesota’s love for Bob Dylan and what he has meant to the state and the Orpheum Theater,” said Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO of the Hennepin Theater Trust, in a press release. “Dylan owned the Orpheum in the 1970s and 1980s, making it a complete moment of celebration of his iconic music and storytelling.”
Irish playwright Conor McPherson wrote the musical’s book and was the director when it opened in London in 2017. Set in Dylan’s birthplace of Duluth, the story follows a family struggling to stay alive during the Great Depression. It uses 19 Dylan songs, including “Forever Young”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, “Make You Feel My Love”, and “Idiot Wind”.
After a three-month off-Broadway run in late 2018, the show found a Broadway home and opened just a week before the pandemic shutdown. It resumed performing in October and earned seven Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Actress for Mare Winningham.
“Girl from the North Country” received rave reviews from critics as well as from Dylan himself, who told The New York Times, “Of course I saw it and it affected me. I I saw it as an anonymous spectator, not as someone who had something to do with it. I just let it happen. The play made me cry at the end. I can’t even say why. When the curtain fell, I was amazed, I really was.
After opening in Minneapolis, the tour is set to hit Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas, Greenville, Las Vegas, Seattle, Tulsa and Washington, D.C.