John Mellencamp and Stephen King Musical to Open Next Year

Mellencamp says 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County' is the 'Sgt. Pepper of Americana'

April 1, 2011 10:00 AM ET
John Mellencamp and Stephen King Musical to Open Next Year
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The Alliance Theater in Atlanta has announced that Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a musical by John Mellencamp and novelist Stephen King that has been in the works for over a decade, will debut at the theater on April 4th of next year. The show is set to run through May 13, 2012.

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According to the theater, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a "riveting Southern gothic musical" based on the 1957 deaths of two brothers and a young girl. Mellencamp's music for the show is said to be focused on roots and blues influences. He told the Chicago Tribune last year that the score sounds like "the Sgt. Pepper of Americana."

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Frequent Mellancamp collaborator T. Bone Burnett is involved in the project as its musical director and has recorded the songs for a soundtrack album that is slated to hit stores before the show opens in Atlanta. The CD version will include the full musical presented as a radio play with sound effects and voice acting by Elvis Costello, Meg Ryan, Kris Kristofferson and Matthew McConaughey. Kristsofferson, Costello, Neko Case and Taj Mahal have already recorded songs for the soundtrack disc.

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