New Details Revealed on Girl From the North Country Filming

New Details Revealed on Girl From the North Country Filming

The Broadway production of Girl From the North Country was filmed last month just before re-opening (for the second time) at the Belasco Theatre, and now new details emerge on the process of capturing the show for future release.

Here's all the new info we now know about the upcoming digital capture of the show:

Girl From The North Country began performances on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the Belasco Theatre and opened on Thursday, March 5, 2020, days before the Broadway shut down. The show later re-opened on October 13, 2021 and closed again January 23, 2022, just to re-open again on April 29, 2022 for a limited engagement concluding on June 19.

Right before opening on April 29, the show was captured live on Broadway the week of April 25 with multiple cameras capturing the musical without an audience for three days. The filming then concluded with an invite-only audience shoot on April 28. No cameras were present during regularly scheduled performances.

Unlike most pro-shots, the digital capture follows the path of Hamilton and Come From Away where stage producers decided to finance the filming themselves before signing a distribution deal.

This strategy worked quite well for Hamilton, which was sold to Disney+ for more than $75 million last year, and Come From Away which was won by Apple TV+ in a bidding war.

A recent article in The Hollywood Reporter noted that joining stage director Conor McPherson is Tim van Someren, known for his cinema broadcasts for The National Theatre, The Donmar Warehouse, and the BBC. Someren also directed the Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium, which is now streaming online.

The filming days started with capturing single shots with multiple takes without an audience. The show was then captured in full in an empty Belasco Theatre - with that footage serving as the "canvas that will be worked from, because of the energy of those shots", per director Conor McPherson.

On the final day of filming, Broadway fans were invited to participate in a 5-hour filming day that included a complete run of both acts and stage shots capturing audience reactions.

The digital capture will feature the cast returning for the second Broadway re-opening, which includes the original cast minus Marc Kudisch, replaced by Craig Bierko as Mr. Burke. Kudisch was recently announced to be joining the cast of the new Trading Places musical in Atlanta.

While no streaming deal was signed for the project as of yet, Bob Dylan's attached catalog is surely going to help producers when they shop around the release in the coming months.

Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter / Abbey White

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