GWB Entertainment, Damien Hewitt and Sydney Festival
by arrangement with Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment
in association with State Theatre Company South Australia and Trafalgar Entertainment Group present
AFI Winner Peter Kowitz, Helpmann Award–winners Christina O’Neill and Greg Stone and Grant Piro join previously announced cast members Lisa McCune, Zahra Newman, Terence Crawford, Helen Dallimore and Peter Carroll. Chemon Theys, Samantha Morley, 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.
Director Conor McPherson said: “We are delighted with the incredibly talented Australian cast we have assembled for the premiere of Girl From the North Country in Sydney. We cannot wait to see them bring this production to life in January, and for audiences to experience the songs of Bob Dylan in these stunning new arrangements. We feel humbled to have so generously been given the keys to his work and we look forward to sharing his magic with everyone very soon.”
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said securing the Australian premiere of the Broadway and West End prodigy was a major coup for Sydney and would drive economic benefit for NSW through job creation and visitor expenditure.
“Securing innovative, world–class productions for Sydney adds exclusivity and variety to our events calendar while supporting key priorities of the NSW Visitor Economy Strategy 2030,” Mr Ayres said.
“Musicals are a major contributor to the NSW visitor economy, and we look forward to welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to see this musical come to life on the stage and enjoy all that Sydney has to offer.”
The critically acclaimed hit Girl from the North Country, written and directed by Conor McPherson and with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, is set in 1930s Minnesota and centres on a community living on a knife–edge in the local guesthouse. Dylan’s songs are beautifully reimagined, with a live band on stage, and include ‘Hurricane’, ‘I Want You’, ‘Slow Train Coming’, ‘Lay Lady Lay’ and ‘Like A Rolling Stone’.
The uplifting and joyful story features a fascinating cast of characters including 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); and Grant Piro (host of ABC TV’s Couch Potato, Hello, Dolly!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Oklahoma!) as a mysterious preacher.
‘Magnificent’ Evening Standard
‘Astonishing’ The Guardian
‘Piercingly beautiful’ The Independent
‘Conor McPherson weaves magic with Bob Dylan’s songs’ The Observer
‘A tribute and a triumph’ Sunday Express
‘An instant classic’ The Times
A modern masterpiece, Girl From The North Country opens this January at the newly restored Theatre Royal Sydney as part of 2022 Sydney Festival. The Australian premiere is supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW.
All performances will have conditions of entry adhering to the relevant NSW Government Public Health Orders and health advice.
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)
Girl From The North Country was produced in London by Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Steven Lappin, Sony Music Entertainment UK, David Mirvish and The Old Vic.