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John Mellencamp, Stephen King, T Bone Burnett stage musical to kick off tour
AEG Live has announced and Broadwayworld.com reports that that the southern gothic, supernatural musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” will kick off a national tour on Oct. 10 in Bloomington, Mich.
Written by Stephen King, with music by John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, the musical, according to the website, is set in the town of Lake Belle Reve, Miss., and tells the tale of two sets of brothers: the ghosts of Jack and Andy, dead in an apparent murder/suicide, and their nephews, the living Frank and Drake, who seem to be headed toward the same downward spiral as their uncles.
Accodording to the tour’s schedule, the closest the show gets to Chicago is an Oct. 29 date at the Pabst Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, Oct. 26 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, and Oct. 24 at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Ind.
The play’s backstory, according to aeglive.com, began when “Mellencamp told King about a cabin on his land in Indiana where two brothers had gotten in a fight over a girl; one brother accidentally killing the other, only to die along with the girl in a car crash a short time later. King came up with an outline for a play in a matter of days. And then off and on, back and forth, they began to develop it into a full-length musical. The blues and roots music of Ghost Brothers reflects the wide range of styles and influences needed for a work that jumps back and forth across decades. Rather than use the songs to propel the play’s narrative, as in a conventional musical, Mellencamp chose to make them a way to reveal the emotions and inner workings of the characters.”