Stephen King And John Mellencamp Musical To Debut Next Year

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It’s been about twelve years in the making, but a musical co-written by John Mellencamp and Stephen King will finally debut next year. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is based on a news story from 1957 about the deaths of two brothers who, as ghosts, tell their family’s story. Mellencamp and King staged several readings of the musical with actors and musicians like Meg Ryan (ahhh-HA!), Elvis Costello and Neko Case, but it will finally be produced for the stage in April, 2012, at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Mellencamp has said of the project “It won’t be ‘Jack and Diane’ meets Cujo,” which is unfortunate because that sounds hilarious, but instead it will be “an American story about an American family,” told from each family member’s perspective.

The musical was reportedly supposed to have been finished in 2002, but it has taken much longer than expected to edit the project, but it is finally ready to go. T-Bone Burnett, who has previously worked on films like Crazy Heart and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, will be the musical director of the production.

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