Girl from the North Country is coming to Auckland and Wellington in June and July.
International musical Girl from the North Country, which features the music of Bob Dylan, is coming to Wellington’s Opera House in July.
The critically-acclaimed show opens at Auckland’s The Civic on June 30, before coming to the capital.
Set in 1934 in the middle of the Great Depression in Minnesota in the United States, Girl from the North Country centres on a rundown guesthouse in the port city of Duluth and the various characters staying inside it. During a storm, when a bible salesman and a down-on-his-luck boxer arrive looking for shelter, the fate of the others staying in the house changes.
It features performances of more than 20 of Dylan’s songs, including Like a Rolling Stone, Duquesne Whistle, Forever Young, Hurricane, I Want You, Slow Train Coming, You Ain’t Going Nowhere and Tight Connection To My Heart.
“It’s great news for arts lovers, a special treat for Dylan fans and a story I’m really looking forward to seeing, as I’m sure thousands of others will be too,” Wellington mayor Andy Foster said.
Economic development agency WellingtonNZ general manager Warrick Dent said having world-class international theatre on offer would be “brilliant” for the capital’s economy.
And Auckland mayor Phil Goff said it was fantastic to welcome international events back to the country after more than two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In an interview with the New York Times, Dylan described seeing the play as a spectator. “The play had me crying at the end. I can’t even say why. When the curtain came down, I was stunned. I really was.”
Written and directed by celebrated Irish playwright Conor McPherson, Girl from the North Country has had sold out seasons on the West End and on Broadway. It comes to Aotearoa from Australia, where it had seasons in Sydney, Adelaide and in Melbourne.
The international cast includes Lisa McCune, Peter Kowitz and Helpmann Award winners Helen Dallimore, Greg Stone, Christina O’Neill and Peter Carroll. It also features Elijah Williams, Chemon Theys, Terence Crawford, Grant Piro, Elizabeth Hay, Blake Erickson and James Smith.
The cast will be accompanied by an on-stage band led by Andrew Ross.
Girl from the North Country was produced in London by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons. It premiered at London’s The Old Vic in 2017.
Its showing in Wellington will follow the season of the musical The Wedding Singer, which is showing in early June at the Opera House. In Auckland, Girl from the North Country will be the first international musical shown there since 2020.
Tickets from $59 via Ticketmaster from May 5