Conor McPherson and Bob Dylan's Girl From the North Country, which recently extended its limited engagement at Broadway's Belasco Theatre through June 11, was captured live prior to its April 29 reopening for future release.
“We feel that now was the right time to capture this incredible production,” said producers Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons in a statement. “This was the right time with the right cast, and everything fell into place perfectly. This story is beautiful and deserves to be seen by audiences all over, even if they can’t make it to the theatre. We are starting discussions with distributors to find this film a home.”
The live capture features Todd Almond, Colin Bates, 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, Chiara Trentalange, Bob Walton, Aidan Wharton, Chelsea Lee Williams, and Emmy winner Mare Winningham.
The film was produced by Totally Theatre Productions, led by Gavin Kalin, with Tim van Someren serving as director of the film. The original creative team, including Rae Smith, Lucy Hind, Mark Henderson, McPherson, Simon Hale, and Simon Baker, reassembled in New York to work alongside Totally Theatre throughout the process.
Girl From the North Country received seven Tony nominations May 9, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (McPherson), Best Orchestrations (Hale), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Baker), Best Direction of a Musical (McPherson), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Winningham), and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Bayardelle).
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.