One of the most critically acclaimed, multi award-winning productions of the 21st Century.
Set in 1930s Minnesota, the hit musical Girl from the North Country, written and directed by Conor McPherson and with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, has taken the theatrical world by storm, selling out seasons in the West End, Toronto and Broadway since opening at The Old Vic in London.
The show presents an uplifting and joyful story of American life at the time, where a group of wanderers cross paths at a guesthouse. Standing at a turning point in their lives, they realise nothing is what it seems, but as they search for a future, and hide from the past, they find themselves facing unspoken truths about the present.
The cast is extensive, and well credentialed, starring Lisa McCune, Callum Francis, Zahra Newman, Peter Kowitz, Terence Crawford, Helen Dallimore, Peter Carroll, Christina O’Neill, Greg Stone, Grant Piro, Blake Erickson, Elizabeth Hay and James Smith. It features Dylan’s boldly reimagined tunes, including Hurricane, I Want You, Slow Train Coming, Lay Lady Lay and Like A Rolling Stone.
Chemon Theys, Samantha Morley, Tony Black, Liam Wigney, Tony Cogin and Laurence Coy feature in the impressive ensemble, with a band featuring Mark Harris, Tracey Lynch and Cameron Henderson performing live on stage under Musical Director Andrew Ross.
The cast brings a fascinating and diverse line-up of characters to life. Peter Kowitz (AFI winner and veteran of dozens of productions with STC, QTC, State Theatre Company SA and Bell Shakespeare) as Nick Laine, the guesthouse’s owner, with Lisa McCune (multi Gold Logie winner and star of King And I, South Pacific) as his wife Elizabeth.
Their daughter Marianne is played by stage and screen star Zahra Newman (The Book of Mormon, Wentworth, Wake In Fright) with their son Gene played by James Smith (Jasper Jones, Euphoria and Hibernation for State Theatre Company SA) and his girl Katherine, played by Elizabeth Hay (the Helpmann Award winning Emil and the Detectives, Hibernation, The Gods of Strangers).
Mrs Burke is played by Helpmann Award winner Helen Dallimore (Wicked [London’s West End], Legally Blonde, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, Spring Awakening) and her husband, played by Greg Stone (Glengarry Glen Ross, Stuff Happens, Oklahoma!, Funny Girl); their son Elias, played by Blake Erickson (The Dismissal, Shrek, Mamma Mia!); Christina O’Neill (Calamity Jane, Vivid White and Avenue Q, for which she won a Helpmann Award) as the widowed Mrs Neilsen; Mr Perry, played by Peter Carroll (Helpmann Award winning star of over 100 productions, and recent recipient of an AM for services to the theatre); Dr Walker, played by stage and screen legend Terence Crawford (Romeo & Juliet, The Seagull, Hedda Gabler, 1984 and films Escape from Pretoria and The Babadook); Callum Francis (Kinky Boots) as a washed up boxer; and Grant Piro (host of ABC TV’s Couch Potato, Hello, Dolly!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Oklahoma!) as a mysterious preacher.
This modern production opens in January at the newly restored Theatre Royal Sydney as part of the 2022 Sydney Festival.
Tickets on sale at: northcountry.com.au
Or via theatreroyalsydney.com
Theatre Royal Sydney, 108 King St, Sydney
From 5 January.
Tickets from $49.90* (plus booking fees)
All performances will have conditions of entry adhering to the relevant NSW Government Public Health Orders and health advice.