Beginning this fall, theatregoers in 20 cities will finally be able to experience the collaborative work of Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T. Bone Burnett with a staged concert performance of the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.
The musical, which has been in the works for more than 13 years, kicks of its concert tour in Mellencamp’s home state of Indiana with the first show at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington on October 10.
Bloomington is a fitting starting point for the tour, since the impetus for Ghost Brothers began with Mellencamp’s stories of his own haunted cabin just outside Bloomington. Mellencamp took the haunting tale to King, who he then enlisted as the show’s book writer. A press release describes the show as concerning “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.”
Ghost Brothers first found its way to the stage at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in April of 2012. Prior to the full staging of the show, the creative duo enlisted legendary producer T-Bone Burnett to join the team as musical director. Mellencamp has referred to the show’s score as “the Sgt. Pepper of Americana.”
An all-star recording of the show’s score, featuring Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello, and Mellencamp himself, is slated to be released on June 4 via Hear Music/Concord Music Group. Several selections from the album can be heard in full on the Ghost Brothers SoundCloud.
The concert tour is set to include 15 performers and a live band as the show travels through 20 Midwestern and Southeastern cities throughout the fall. None of the show’s creators are expected to be in attendance at the performances.
Tickets are set to go on sale Friday, May 17 at aeglive.com. See complete list of tour dates below.
October 10 – Bloomington, IN – Indiana University Auditorium
October 11 – Louisville, KY – Whitney Hall
October 12 – Knoxville, KY – Knoxville Civic Auditorium
October 13 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
October 16 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
October 17 – Evansville, IN – Aiken Theatre at The Centre
October 18 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall
October 19 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre
October 22 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
October 24 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre
October 25 – Madison, WI – Overture Hall
October 26 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Performing Arts Center
October 27 – Appleton, WI – Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
October 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
October 31 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
November 1 – Sioux City, IA – Orpheum Theatre
November 2 – Ames, IA – Stephens Auditorium
November 3 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
November 5 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center
November 6 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeVos Performance Hall
-Brad Haynes, 1059 SUNNY FM/Orlando