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05/02/2012 - Fearnet.com blogger Bev Vincent recently attending a performance of the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Bev, a Stephen King expert, has written a lengthy piece about the project and the many unique characteristics it has. Read the full story after the jump. Read More
04/16/2012 - Read Kenny Norton's complete fan review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Slickly polished, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County feels ready for Broadway. Whether or not that is its next stop is unknown, but where ever it goes, it is sure to build on the success it will see in Atlanta..." Read More
04/16/2012 - Read Dr. Wilson Trivino's full review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp’s sounds serve as homage to the rockabilly Johnny Cash with a spin of good rock and roll flair..." We also have a video posted on the blog with brief interviews with John and Stephen along with a few seconds of the closing bows onstage where John came out. Read More
04/14/2012 - Read Curt Holman's complete review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Above all else, Ghost Brothers sounds like a dream — and occasionally a nightmare. Mellencamp's driving beats and catchy melodies, largely influenced by country, rock, and blues, have an instrumental richness and auditory clarity like I've never heard in a stage musical..." Read More
04/13/2012 - Read Wendell Brock's blog review of Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp digs deep into the soul of Southern roots music..." Read More
04/12/2012 - Read Bert Osborne's complete review of the premiere of "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" after the jump here is an excerpt: "Their poignant ballad “Home Again” is just one of some 20 songs in Mellencamp’s rousing score, a fusion of blues, country and rock that’s superbly performed by Booth’s 19-member cast. Under Burnett’s musical direction, the sensational four-piece band never misses a beat.." Read More
04/07/2012 - Read Kristi York Wooten's blog on Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Here are some excerpts: "The idea for “Ghost Brothers” began in Mellencamp’s territory of “Small Town” Indiana, where the “Pink Houses” songwriter became intrigued by a mysterious tragedy connected to a property he’d purchased there in the 1990s..."

"Although neither Mellencamp nor “Ghost Brothers” music director T Bone Burnett (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) performs in the musical, the rootsy aesthetic they mastered on previous collaborations (2010’s “No Better Than This” and 2008’s “Life, Death, Love, and Freedom”) remains in force..." Read More
04/05/2012 - Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a chilling new musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, book by Stephen King and musical direction by T-Bone Burnett has opened in Atlanta, GA!

The production began previews on April 4th with the opening on April 11th and runs through May 13th, 2012. Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the project, more than a decade in the making, through the Alliance Theater's website or by phone at 404.733.5000. We are offering a $10 discount off regularly priced tickets if you use the code MELLENCAMP10 during your ticket purchase.
 
Click "Read More" for the most updated news articles on the project, the casting announcements and to view the press conference.

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04/04/2012 - Read Bret Love's interview with John on his collaboration with Stephen King and how they got their unusual musical to the stage after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "we’ve had a great 12 years with each other on and off, and we’ve become really good friends..."

"Steve and I have done this before, but, under the supervision of Susan Booth, they really brought life to these characters. Quite honestly, we’re floored..." Read More
03/30/2012 - Read Wendell Brocks' feature on Ghost Brothers of Darkland County after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Haunted by the tale, Mr. Mellencamp decided he wanted to turn it into a musical ghost story. And when you’ve sold 40 million albums and need a collaborator, you can start with the best ghost-story writer you can find..."

“I got this call out of the blue from John Mellencamp, saying he wanted to write a play,” Stephen King said..." Read More
03/15/2012 - The Atlanta Constitution Journal's music blog reports on a private event on Wednesday night where the cast and musicians of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County premiered music from the upcoming musical.

As director Susan Booth explained, the primary reason for the shindig was to unveil some of the music in the show – written by Mellencamp with an assist from musical director T Bone Burnett.

Guarini and Lucas Kavner took to the small stage first to growl out the brooding country-roots thumper “Brotherly Love.” If you’re a fan of Mellencamp’s darker, meatier work of recent years, you’ll love the intensity of this one, a song well-sold by the handsome young men who are the titular brothers in the musical. Read the complete article after the jump. Read More
03/11/2012 - Read Edna Gundersen's of USA Today's conversation with John about the upcoming Ghost Brothers of Darkland County musical after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "I am more thrilled about this than anything I've done in my whole life. I'm pretty pumped up!"

"Everyone is down there working seven days a week. I'm just excited that it's so good..." Read More
03/02/2012 - Stephen King and John Mellencamp's New Musical
The horror master and the rocker join forces to unveil a Southern gothic musical at the Alliance
By Felicia Feaster- Atlanta Magazine

From Faulkner to Dickey, stories about the South often suckle at the teat of scary, with batty relations and pitch-black secrets leading the way. In other words, a perfect stomping ground for author Stephen King. The horror writer is one-third of an unholy trinity of Americana—along with musician John Mellencamp and musical director T Bone Burnett—who have made their way to Atlanta to debut their long-time-coming musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County."

Premiering April 4 and running through May 13 at the Alliance Theatre, the eerie tale will be directed by Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth and will star a shiny-penny cast of locals like Kylie Brown and former Atlantans Shuler Hensley and Justin Guarini. King’s script flits from past to present as it tells the story of two generations of the McCandless family touched by a 1967 triple homicide in a backwoods Mississippi cabin.
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03/01/2012 - We are offering a $10 discount off regularly priced tickets if you use the code MELLENCAMP10 during your ticket purchase.

Head over to http://www.alliancetheatre.org/ghostbrothers to order tickets or call 404.733.5000 or stop by the box office at the Alliance. Be sure to mention the promo code!

VIP TICKET CONTEST: Every single ticket purchase using the promo code MELLENCAMP10 during checkout, prior to April 1st (11:59 pm, March 31, 2012), receives an entry into a sweepstakes to win a VIP experience consisting of:
- Two opening night center orchestra tickets
- Two tickets to the VIP opening night party at the Four Seasons in Atlanta (transportation and lodging not included)

Fans may still purchase $10 off tickets throughout the run of the show, but will not be entered into the contest as of April 1st. Read More
01/25/2012 - Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a chilling new musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, book by Stephen King and musical direction by T-Bone Burnett has opened in Atlanta, GA!

The production began previews on April 4th with the opening on April 11th and runs through May 13th, 2012. Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the project, more than a decade in the making, through the Alliance Theater's website or by phone at 404.733.5000. We are offering a $10 discount off regularly priced tickets if you use the code MELLENCAMP10 during your ticket purchase.
 
Click "Read More" for the most updated news articles on the project, the casting announcements and to view the press conference.


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