Indianapolis Star: Company For Mellencamp-King Show Readies For Opening Night
10.09.2013 - By David Lindquist -
Bruce Greenwood, an actor known for performances in “Flight,” “Thirteen Days”
and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” films, says the idea of being in a rock band always
appealed to him.
Greenwood gets his chance to sing with world-class musicians in “Ghost
Brothers of Darkland County,” the theatrical production dreamed up by John
Mellencamp and Stephen King.
Members of Mellencamp’s band — guitarist Andy York, drummer Dane Clark, bass
player Jon Gunnell and keyboard player Troye Kinnett — accompany Greenwood on
songs such as “What Kind of Man Am I.”
“It’s heavy lifting for a guy who’s used to being in movies,” Greenwood said
Tuesday at IU Auditorium, where the “Ghost Brothers” company rehearsed for a
tour that begins Thursday at the venue. “But it’s been fun, so far.”
Greenwood’s character, Joe McCandless, is tormented by the decades-ago deaths
of his feuding older brothers. Meanwhile, his two sons seem to hate one another.
“He’s been suppressing a secret for 40 years, and it’s crushed his ability to
deal with the world,” Greenwood said of Joe.
“Ghost Brothers” director Susan V. Booth described the production, which will
visit Butler University’s Clowes Hall on Oct. 18, as “a live radio play” rather
than a conventional Broadway musical.
“This format is kind of perfect for a Steve King book and a John Mellencamp
score,” Booth said. “It allows us to fully hit every note of the score with
John’s band backing us. It also allows us to sit and listen to Steve’s words and
plug our imagination in, rather than having the work done for us by a fully
Mellencamp and King attended Tuesday’s rehearsal, which included Mellencamp’s
girlfriend, actress Meg Ryan, in the audience.