The American cast of the London hit musical Girl From The North Country was announced. Mare Winningham (The Affair) will be playing Elizabeth Laine, the role that won Scottish actress Shirley Henderson won a 2018 Olivier Award for. Broadway veteran currently starring in the Irish Rep’s revival On a Clear Day, Stephen Bogardus will take the lead actor role of Nick Laine, which earned an Olivier nomination for Ciaran Hinds. Glee‘s Samantha Marie Ware has been cast in the role of Marianne Laine, which won Sheila Atim an Olivier.
The rest of the cast includes: Marc Kudisch (Mr. Burke), Luba Mason (Mrs. Burke), Todd Almond (Elias Burke), Jeannette Bayardelle (Mrs. Neilson), Sydney James Harcourt (Joe Scott), Matthew Frederick Harris (Ensemble), Caitlin Houlahan (Kate Draper), Robert Joy (Dr. Walker), Tom Nelis (Mr. Perry), David Pittu (Reverend Marlowe), Colton Ryan (Gene Laine), John Schiappa (Ensemble), Rachel Stern (Ensemble) and Chelsea Lee Williams (Ensemble).
Written and directed by Conor McPherson, Girl From the North Country, includes Dylan’s classic songs “Like a Rolling Stone,” “I Want You,” “Slow Train,” “Forever Young,” “Idiot Wind” and the title number.
As described by The Public, the new musical “weaves the music of our greatest poet-singer-songwriter into a piercing drama about home, heart, and the searching determination of the American soul…Dylan’s inimitable songbook is authentically transformed by McPherson into an achingly beautiful story of a down-on-its-luck community on the brink of change in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1934.”
The sold-out run at London’s Old Vic ran from July 8 to October 7, 2017, then made a West End transfer to the Noël Coward Theatre for a 12-week engagement that ended March 24, 2018. In addition to the Off Broadway run, the musical plans a Toronto engagement at the Princess of Wales Theatre from February to March 2019.
Winningham’s bio includes Showtime’s The Affair and four seasons of FX’s American Horror Story. She was nominated in 2014 for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for the Broadway production of Casa Valentina.
Bogardus’ is best remembered for Falsettoland, Love! Valour! Compassion!, White Christmas and Bright Star.
Ware has appeared on Bull and NCIS: New Orleans.
Girl From The North Country, begins previews at The Public’s Newman Theater on Tuesday, September 11, with an official opening on Monday, October 1 and runs through Sunday, November 4.