USA Today Blog: John Mellencamp, Stephen King Musical To Debut In April
03.11.2012 - By Edna Gunderson -
John Mellencamp often talks about his music in an aw-shucks, self-deprecating
manner, but he's not hiding his pride when it comes to Ghost Brothers of
Darkland County, the Southern gothic musical he and author Stephen King
have been tinkering with for 12 years.
"I think it's going to be one of the best original American musicals in quite
some time," says the singer/songwriter, likening the work in tone to Eugene
O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. "I am more thrilled about this
than anything I've done in my whole life. I'm pretty pumped up!"
Ghost Brothers, on stage from April 4 to May 13 at the Alliance
Theatre in Atlanta, presents a mysterious family drama that springs from a 1967
tragedy in Mississippi, with the bluesy roots music and lyrics by Mellencamp,
book by King and music direction by T Bone Burnett. Susan V. Booth is the
"The first time Steve and I worked on it in New York, it was terrible and we
wanted to kill ourselves," Mellencamp says. "Then we got involved with Susan
Booth, who found the real meaning of the words. She is unbelievable and I love
her to death. Everyone is down there working seven days a week. I'm just excited
that it's so good."
No release date is firm yet for a three-disc soundtrack album.