April 28, 2017

"... the Old Vic's upcoming production of Girl From the North Country which is written and directed by Conor McPherson with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan."

"Brought to life by a 20-piece company of actors and musicians, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul."

IN THE COMMENTS: AReasonableMan said...
From their web site:

"Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse. The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no-one will account for. And, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return…"

I guess they ran out of cliches at that point, the 'point of no return'.

16 comments:

AReasonableMan said...

From their web site:

"Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse. The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no-one will account for. And, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return…"


I guess they ran out of cliches at that point, the 'point of no return'.

tim in vermont said...

Lol

Laslo Spatula said...

"I guess they ran out of cliches at that point, the 'point of no return'."

"The Point of No Return" is the musical that weaves together the songs of Kansas.

It is about Subsistence Farmers barely Subsisting during the Dust Bowl.

They are merely Dust in the Wind.

I am Laslo.

Laslo Spatula said...

Being that "The Point of No Return" and "Dust in the Wind" are the only two songs of Kansas that anyone knows, it will be a short musical.

But not as short as the Molly Hatchet musical "Flirtin' With Disaster."

I am Laslo.

MadisonMan said...

@AReasonableMan...that is one hilarious comment. Thanks!

Tangled up in Blue Prose.

LakeLevel said...

Madison: "...that is one hilarious comment".

As usual, Laslo is waaaay funnier. All I can hear when I read ARM is the stern voice of a lecturing Stalanist.

tim in vermont said...

Ya gotta give him credit when credit is due.

jaydub said...

Conor McPherson was able to land "Rock Band" to play the Dylan music in the production.

Inga said...

"As usual, Laslo is waaaay funnier. All I can hear when I read ARM is the stern voice of a lecturing Stalinist."


ARM often displays subtle humor, I do so appreciate it. Too bad so few here do.

Fernandinande said...

When I went to buy tickets they gave a completely different description of the action: just one family's future on a knife edge, and drifting instead of huddling:

"A family adrift, their future on a knife edge. Lost and lonely people drifting through rooms of their guesthouse."

So I didn't buy tickets.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

Sanctioning an overly-cliched musical could be another Dylan dig at the Nobel Prize in Literature committee.

Carter Wood said...

The other Kansas hit: Carry On, Wayward Son

Apropos:

Masquerading as a man with a reason
My charade is the event of the season
And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know
On a stormy sea of moving emotion
Tossed about I'm like a ship on the ocean
I set a course for winds of fortune, but I hear the voices say

MadisonMan said...

@LakeLevel, you'll miss a lot of humor when you carry around preconceptions.

Kansas blasted through the dorms when I was in College. That and ELO and Supertramp.

I think you could make a great play with Pat Benatar songs.

Heartbreaker.
My Clone Sleeps Alone.
Fire and Ice.
Hit me with your Best Shot.
Hell is for Children.
Sex as a Weapon.
Treat me Right.
Love is a Battlefield.

The screenplay writes itself. It would so much better than Mama Mia.

tim in vermont said...

I use more cliches when I comment from my phone.

Amexpat said...

This sounds as awful as The Times They Are a-Changin', the musical flop directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp.

Warren Fahy said...

My mom's cousin Echo Helstrom actually IS "The Girl From the North Country." She was Dylan's girlfriend.