USA Today: Mellencamp And King's 'Ghost Brothers' To Go On Tour
05.10.2013 - Mellencamp and King's 'Ghost Brothers' to go on tour
By Elysa Gardner,
"Southern Gothic, supernatural" musical coming to a city near you, in concert
John Mellencamp, Stephen King and T Bone Burnett have opted for a novel approach
to getting their new musical more exposure. They are taking the show, Ghost
Brothers of Darkland County, on the road — as a concert.
It's not unusual for a popular musical to be staged as a concert, and
national tours of Broadway shows happen all the time. But Ghost Brothers, which
premiered in spring 2012 at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre — with Mellencamp's music
and lyrics, King's book and musical direction by Burnett — may have seemed a
likelier candidate for further development in another full-out stage production,
perhaps with an eye on Broadway.
Instead, a cast of 15 troupers and a live band will perform the show at
concert venues in 20 cities throughout the Midwest and Southeast, kicking off at
Bloomington, Ind., Oct. 10 and wrapping up Nov. 6 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Described as a "Southern Gothic, supernatural musical," Ghost Brothers uses
folk and blues textures to spin a "tale of fraternal love, lust, rivalry and
revenge." In it, the spirits of two siblings who died around the same time —
while fighting over a girl — haunt a cabin in Mississippi where their kid
brother, now a middle-aged man, lives with his two young adult sons, whose
relationship is as fraught as their late uncles' was.
As previously announced, an album of Ghost Brothers will also be released
June 4, produced by Burnett and featuring Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne
Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ryan Bingham and others singing songs from the
musical, with Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan speaking
excerpts of dialogue.
Tickets for the tour go on sale May 17 (10 a.m. local times) at aeglive.com,
where a complete tour itinerary is also available.