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Listen to Songs From the New Bob Dylan-Inspired Musical ‘Girl From the North Country’

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The cast of Girl From the North Country, a new music inspired by selections from the Bob Dylan songbook, has shared portions of its soundtrack, recorded during a recent run-through performance.

Announced last year, Girl From the North Country is the work of Conor McPherson, an Irish playwright and director whose previous works include the Tony-nominated Shining City and The Seafarer as well as the recent award-winning The Night Alive. Set in the Great Depression, the story uses Dylan’s songs to help tell the story of “a community living on a knife-edge” as they “huddle together in the local guesthouse.”

“It works rather like a ritual or a church service in that there is dramatic dialogue, story and then you become airborne for a moment in the Bob Dylan music. It is very clever and unique,” said Matthew Warchus, artistic director of the Old Vic, the London theater where the show’s set to make its debut later this year. “There’s nothing really to compare it to.”

As the Guardian notes, it’s exceedingly rare for Dylan to give permission for his music to be used this way — and the last time he did, for the Twyla Tharp musical The Times They Are A-Changin’, the result was an embarrassing Broadway flop. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for better results with Girl From the North Country; in the meantime, you can stream selections from the soundtrack below, and visit the show’s official site for further information about the cast, storyline and showtimes.

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