MINNEAPOLIS — For a time in the 1970s and 1980s, Minnesota native Bob Dylan and his brother owned the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. So when it was announced that a Broadway show featuring 20 songs from Dylan's catalog was going to tour nationally, it was only fitting it will kick off at his old venue.
According to a release from the Hennepin Theatre Trust, Tony Award-nominated Girl From The North Country announced a North American tour on Wednesday that will premiere at the Orpheum Theatre in the fall of 2023. An exact date has not yet been announced.
"It’s quite an honor for Hennepin Theatre Trust to launch the national tour given Minnesota’s love of Bob Dylan and what he has meant to the state and the Orpheum Theatre, ” said Hennepin Theatre Trust President and CEO Mark Nerenhausen in a press release. “Bob Dylan owned the Orpheum during the 1970s and 1980s making this a full circle moment of celebration of his iconic music and storytelling.”
The musical, named after a 1963 song off the album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," was written and directed by Conor McPherson. According to the production's website, the show is set in Duluth in 1934, "when a group of wanderers' lives intersect at a house full of music, life and hope." The musical garnered seven Tony Award nominations, including Best New Musical.
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