Girl from the North Country lets us hear Bob Dylan’s mysteries anew

Conor McPherson’s West End musical puts a simple twist on familiar and obscure tracks, finding new shades of meaning The great achievement of Girl from the North Country, Conor McPherson’s musical based on the work of Bob Dylan, lies in the ability of the writer-director and his musical supervisor, Simon Hale, to find shades of meaning within some of the songs that would surely surprise even Dylan himself, a famously protean interpreter of his own creations. Those attending the show in the West End, following its opening run at the Old Vic, might even find a song or two being unexpectedly dislodged from its familiar niche in the memory bank as Dylan’s original recording is eased out in favour of a version from McPherson’s talented cast.

 

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