The good people of Duluth, Minnesota, that populate Broadway's "Girl From the North Country" got a visit from New York's Gov. Kathy Hochul at Saturday night's performance, who took the stage before the curtain went up.
"Hello New Yorkers and New Yorker wannabes," said the governor in a video sent by the show as she greeted the audience. "I am here to join you in celebrating the comeback of New York. And it starts right here on Broadway at this incredible performance of a show that symbolizes our resilience."
Following 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 of 2020. And then it came back again 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 comeback of our great city and our great state, and I thank you for supporting Broadway. This is part of our identity, it's who we are."
She then asked if there were any visitors to New York on hand and implored them to "Bring all your friends, bring all your family and tell them it's time to stop Zooming into life. Life is happening right here in New York."
Before the show, Hochul met the cast backstage and took photos with them.
"Girl From the North Country," which takes place at a rundown guesthouse in Duluth during the Great Depression, features the songs of Bob Dylan. The best musical Tony nominee runs through June 19.
Earlier this month, the show also made headlines when Anthony Edwards, the husband of star Mare Winningham, stepped in with just a few hours' notice on May 13 and filled in for Robert Joy as Dr. Walker. Joy had tested positive for COVID-19. Edwards appeared in the show through May 18.