Details on John Mellencamp and Stephen King’s musical revealed

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Details are beginning to emerge about “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County”, the long-in-the-works musical theater collaboration of John Mellencamp and Stephen King. The duo are making progress on the highly anticipated project that will be made available in two ways: a three-CD set and a live production in Atlanta next fall.

The heartland rocker and famed horror author, who have been discussing and working on the project since 2000, are currently working with producer T Bone Burnett to complete the recording process for the deluxe three-CD set, which will feature the full text of the libretto and a recording of the music and script. The CD components involve the entire production—music and dialog—on two discs, with a single disc containing just the songs.

The story involves domestic turmoil, and is played by a stellar cast led by Kris Kristofferson, in the role of Joe, the father, and Elvis Costello, as the satanic character The Shape. Rosanne Cash plays Monique, the mother, with the sons enacted by Dave Alvin (Jack), Alvin’s real-life brother Phil Alvin (Andy), Mellencamp (Drake) and Boston’s own Will Daily (Frank).  Sheryl Crow stars as Jenna and Neko Case is Anna, with boxing legend Joe Frazier playing caretaker Dan Coker and Stephen King himself in the role of Uncle Steve. The narrator is “24” star Glenn Morshower.

The three-CD set is expected to be released prior to the musical’s scheduled opening next September at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater. The casting of the Atlanta stage presentation is also underway.



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