The Boss’ Springsteen on Broadway is wrapping-up late this year and it’s possible that Bob Dylan’s Girl From the North Country could take over at New York City’s Walter Kerr Theatre.
According to The Post, sources say that Dylan signed off on moving the musical to Broadway in spring 2019. The show debuted at London’s Old Vic last year and is currently playing at New York’s Public Theater, due to close December 23. Hamilton first opened at the Public Theater, and Public artistic director Oskar Eustis said that North Country actually sold better than Hamilton did on the same stage.
Producers are reportedly raising money to move the play to Walter Kerr.
Girl From the North Country is based in Minnesota during the Great Depression, following a character who runs a boardinghouse filled with poor tenants. Other characters include an alcoholic, ex-convict, a woman with dementia, a pregnant woman, and a morphine addict. The plot includes a hidden crime, a blackmailer, and a death.
The show, written by Conor McPherson, will feature about 20 of Dylan’s most famous tunes like “Hurricane,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” and “Forever Young.”
“If you’re a hard-core Dylan fan, you’ve heard these songs before,” New York Times critic Ben Brantley said. “But, for me at least, they’ve never sounded quite so heartbreakingly personal and universal at the same time.”
Although Brantley noted the”ravishing production” was “bleak,” “beautiful,” “haunting,” and “fatalistic,” industry insiders believe that it doesn’t have a strong chance lasting on Broadway. A source in the show told The Post it is “weird and depressing,” while a Broadway investor who saw the play called it a “total crashing bore that will die on Broadway.”
Back in 2006, a Dylan-inspired musical The Times They Are A-Changin’ hit Broadway, but was pulled after a handful of performances.