Austin Scott, Colton Ryan & the Cast of GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Celebrate Opening Night

(upbeat music) – “Girl from the North Country”
combines the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan with the vision
of acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson for a Broadway
musical unlike any other. We talked to the stars on
opening night to find out more. (audience applauding)
(audience cheering) – It’s a very special piece, unique in ways that, I think, will really feed people’s souls. – Bob Dylan is a lyrical genius, right? And then we have Simon Hale
who has just colored the songs in a way where I think you just hear them deeper and stronger. – Getting to dig into Bob Dylan’s lyrics, as an actor, is just a dream come true, ’cause it’s so rich and so, it resonates so deep with
emotions and feelings. So it’s incredible. – It feels like two
equally important forces. There’s this play that
Conor McPherson has written, and there’s this music
that Bob Dylan has written, and I feel like we are
giving ourselves equally to each of those two elements, and they’re in conversation
with each other. I think it’s a bold,
bold move and pays off. – I can’t believe that I’m a part of it and that I get to stand by these people and sing with these people and get to enjoy their
voices every single day. There’s nothing like it. – We’re tight. We started at The Public, we had a long wait to get here, we’ve very close, and the music, I think, binds us in a really
important and romantic way. It’s very beautiful. – Bob Dylan and Conor only
ask big, big questions. They don’t ask for big answers, because there aren’t any in life. So I think it’s really good for people, especially when they
are defensive towards it because they want an answer, it’s just good for them
to keep ruminating on it and understand why do I need it so bad. That’s the mystery of life, you know? – I want people to just feel like, “You know what, this is
a story about survival. “This is real life,” you know? And sometimes things may get you down and you deal with situations, but there’s always a light
at the end of the tunnel. You know what I mean? And you have to press on. Press on, that’s one of Bob
Dylan’s songs, “Pressing On”. – We offer them an event,
we offer them an evening. We offer it without any kind of commentary or without any judgment, which is what I love about the play. And it allows, I think, an
audience to walk away going, “Wait a minute, but what about
this and what about that?” Lots of unanswered questions. Good, go out for drinks afterwards, talk about it, see how ya feel about it. That’s what I love. – The amazing thing about our show is that we don’t ask
anything of them, you know? We want you to interpret it for yourself. There’s no definitive
middle, beginning, and end. It’s just a story. It’s a slice of life, and
you come and experience that. – I hope that they just, they connect with some character or some moment or some feeling, and it just causes them
to question something or think through something
that maybe they haven’t been able to figure out,
you know what I mean? I just, I hope that it
opens up a conversation with people with themselves
and with other people.

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