Sydney Festival has announced the first show in its 2022 program under new Director Olivia Ansell. The musical Girl from the North Country, written and directed by Irish dramatist Conor McPherson, with songs by Bob Dylan, will open at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal in January. The cast will include Lisa McCune, Zahra Newman, Terence Crawford, Peter Carroll and Helen Dallimore.

Girl from the North Countrypremiered at The Old Vic in London in 2017 and has since had sell-out seasons at New York’s Public Theatre, in the West End, in Toronto and on Broadway.

The musical was suggested to McPherson ( The Weir, The Seafarer) by Dylan’s team and features around 20 songs from across his career, including Slow Train, I Want You, You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhereand Like a Rolling Stone.

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Set in Dylan’s home town of Duluth,...