Hochul on stage at ‘Girl From the North Country’

The brave folks of Duluth, Minn., who populate Broadway’s “Girl From the North Country,” were visited by New York Governor Kathy Hochul during Saturday night’s performance, which took the stage before the rise of the curtain.

“Hello New Yorkers and aspiring New Yorkers,” the governor said in a video sent by the show as she greeted the audience. “I’m here to celebrate with you when New York comes back. And it starts right here on Broadway during this incredible performance of a show that symbolizes our resilience.”

After cheers and applause from the crowd, Hochul continued. “This is the third time this show has come to Broadway. It literally opened on the eve of the pandemic in March 2020. And then it came back last fall and was shut down again because of omicron. But this show, now nominated for seven Tony Awards, has made an incredible comeback, symbolizing the return of our great city and our great state, and thank you for supporting Broadway. It’s part of who we are, it’s who we are .

She then asked if there were any visitors in New York and implored them to “Bring all your friends, bring all your family and tell them it’s time to stop zooming in on life. Life is come here in New York.”

Before the show, Hochul met the actors backstage and took photos with them.

“Girl From the North Country,” set in a rundown guesthouse in Duluth during the Great Depression, features the songs of Bob Dylan. The Best Musical Tony nominee runs until June 19.

Earlier this month, the show also made headlines when Anthony Edwards, husband of star Mare Winningham, stepped in with just hours’ notice on May 13 and replaced Robert Joy as Dr. Walker. Joy had tested positive for COVID-19. Edwards appeared on the show until May 18.

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