The Ghost Brothers Will Rise Again

Posted: October 24, 2018, 15:55

A revised version of Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be available for stock and amateur licensing in 2019.

Broadway Licensing is working with Stephen King and John Mellencamp to develop a new version of their musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County for worldwide licensing, which will be made available in 2019.

The Gothic southern musical, which premiered in 2012 at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, explores a decades-old tragedy that haunts the population of a small town. Grammy winner Mellencamp (“Pink Houses,” “Jack and Diane,” “Small Town”) penned the score, while Carrie, Misery, and The Shining novelist King wrote the book.

A studio album of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, recorded in 2010, was released from Hear Records/Concord Records Group. The musical also played a limited concert tour.

“This is terrific news. I loved working with John Mellencamp, and the ghostly result is one of my most proud accomplishments,” King said in a statement.

Mellencamp added, “When Steve and I decided to mount a musical… neither of us knew what we were doing. We learned on the job. I have never had so much fun or laughed so hard in my life.”

2014 Ghost Brothers Tour Announced

Posted: June 13, 2014, 08:49
From King's site

2014 Ghost Brothers Tour Announced
June 12th, 2014 6:53:35 pm

If you haven't had a chance to see the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, it's not too late! A new tour has been announced and tickets will go on sale beginning June 19th. For full details with the dates and cities for the tour, read the Press Release here.

Ghost tour

Posted: June 14, 2013, 13:13
Looks like Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be in a different format when it tours...

It's being done as a radio play format, i.e. instead of a play with sets as it was done in Atlanta, the actors will read their lines and sing the songs as though it was being broadcast to a radio audience and will be backed up by a live band. That is necessary because the tour is being done very quickly from one city to the next and this will save production time and costs to not have to do the stage set ups.

Ghost Brothers Team on Outlaw Country

Posted: June 11, 2013, 15:35
Stephen, John and T-Bone appeared on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country for an interview with Mojo Nixon. You can listen to reruns of their discussion including details about the upcoming stage production on channel 60 at these times:

Saturday 6/15, 9am & 5pm ET
Sunday 6/16, 12pm & 9pm ET

Meet the Creators

Posted: June 4, 2013, 22:25
The "Meet the Creators" (live event at Apple's NY Soho ) was taped and will be released FREE for download by Apple.

It was a fun event with great conversation and interesting insights about how the touring show in fall will differ from the performance in Atlanta. Wonderful interaction between King, Mellencamp & Burnett.

Ghost Brothers out today!

Posted: June 4, 2013, 12:25
What edition of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (if any) are you getting?

Standard – 1 enhanced CD with the dialogue excerpts included. The libretto will be included as part of the enhanced CD. Download card with music only inside order here

Hardcover version – 2 CD 1 DVD set – Printed Libretto. The package will contain 2 audio CDs, one with the dialogue excerpts and one without. The DVD will contain the making of program and “Truth” video. order here

Deluxe – 2 disc CD/DVD set – Standard CD with the dialogue excerpts. The DVD will be the making of program, “Truth” video, and the digital libretto. Download card with music only inside. order here

Digital Book for iTunes – Will contain all of the deluxe content interacting with the libretto in an iTunes exclusive digital book. order here

Digital version – Two versions will be available, with and without the dialog excerpts. order here

Ghost Brothers iBook

Posted: May 31, 2013, 21:51
Concord Music group has announced that Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be released as an illustrated digital book for iBooks on June 3rd. The comprehensive multimedia edition fuses the production's story, soundtrack, artwork and video extras into a complete interactive experience. This marks Stephen’s first digital book conceived and designed especially for Apple's iBooks.

For more info, see King's official site.

Ghost Brothers Road Trip

Posted: May 10, 2013, 23:34
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be going on the road. Here are the places they will stop.

10 – Bloomington, IN – Indiana University Auditorium
11 – Louisville, KY – Whitney Hall *
12 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Auditorium
13 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium **
16 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
17 – Evansville, IN – Aiken Theatre at The Centre
18 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall
19 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre
22 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
24 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre
25 – Madison, WI – Overture Hall
26 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Performing Arts Center
27 – Appleton, WI – Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
29 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre ***
31 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre

1 – Sioux City, IA – Orpheum Theatre
2 – Ames, IA – Stephens Auditorium
3 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
5 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center
6 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeVos Performance Hall

For more info, head over to King's official site.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County in Jan?

Posted: January 4, 2013, 09:26
Simon & Schuster announced on their website that Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be released in hardback (110 pages) on January 24, 2013. Earlier it has been March 19 so I’m not sure if this is an error or if the date has changed but what’s interesting is that we now know that the book will be in hardback and 110 pages long. I’ll keep you updated as I learn more but in the meantime, check out the official site here.

Ghost Brothers out on CD/DVD in March

Posted: November 14, 2012, 21:26

It's taken 13 years, thousands of hours and countless rewrites, but Stephen King and John Mellencamp's musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is beginning to take its final shape. A version of the show ran in Atlanta earlier this year, and a CD/DVD deluxe edition, featuring the soundtrack, handwritten lyrics and a mini-documentary about the making of the musical, is hitting shelves on March 19th. The soundtrack features guest singers Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Taj Mahal, Kris Kristofferson and Mellencamp himself.

Read more here.

Thanks to Troy Tradup and Lou Sytsma

Brothers in New York

Posted: July 12, 2012, 21:45
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County might premier in New York.

The new Stephen King-John Mellencamp musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County may not have faded into the mist since its Atlanta premiere last spring. Showbiz411 reports that the creative team is aiming for a September presentation in New York.

Read more here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Expanded Ghost Story synopsis

Posted: April 13, 2012, 23:45
Here is an expanded story synopsis for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County:

A malevolent shape circles around the Café, singing about his effect on the living and his role as a provocateur of bad behavior. In 1967, two lovers appear on a high cliff above Lake Belle Reve, and jump to their deaths. Joe McCandless (stepping out of time) appears to argue with himself as a ten year old (Young Joe) about whether or not to tell a terrible secret. Old Joe pushes the ghost of his own younger self down. We then see Joe lingering in the Dreamland Café, agonizing about whether or not to go “back”. Joe is urged to action by the friendly bartender.

It’s now 2007. He goes to his family cabin on Lake Belle Reve outside the town of Delight in Darkland County, MS where his brothers’ died in 1967, to tell his own sons Frank and Drake his tale of brotherly love gone sour. Frank and Drake’s relationship is under a strain as well. Drake stayed home after high school to play with a local band (that will probably always be a local band) while working as a mechanic. Frank, a college boy, will be rich after selling the paperback rights to his novel. Plus Anna, Frank’s girlfriend, used to be with Drake. And Drake’s band just bombed at the Delight Old Home Days in front of a journalist for Rolling Stone. Monique, the boys’ mother, tries to find a way for them all to get along.

The ghosts of Dan, the caretaker, who died in the cabin, Jack and Andy (Joe’s brothers), and Jenna, beloved of both Jack and Andy, haunt the cabin waiting to see if Joe will tell their terrible secret THIS time. With his sons at each other’s throats, Joe’s story will save or destroy the McCandless family.

The cast, creators and director of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County following the world premiere at the Alliance Theatre. April 11, 2012. Photo by Raymond McCrea Jones.

Enter for a chance to meet King

Posted: March 26, 2012, 23:44
Buy your tickets to Ghost Brothers of Darkland County using the KING10 prior to April 1st (11:59 pm, March 31, 2012) and your entered in a sweepstakes to win a VIP experience consisting of:

• Two opening night (April 11) orchestra tickets

• Two tickets to the VIP opening night party at the Four Seasons in Atlanta following the April 11 performance (transportation and lodging not included)

• Photo op with Stephen King

• A Stephen King autographed copy of 11/22/63

Get your tickets here.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County CD due on May 22

Posted: January 31, 2012, 14:14
John Mellencamp & Stephen King’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County CD Due On May 22, 2012 Featuring: Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson & Sheryl Crow

John Mellencamp and Stephen King’s dramatic musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will debut as a theatrical presentation beginning April 4 in Atlanta; a guest star-packed studio concept album will follow on May 22, via Hear Music, in both a single disc and 3-CD deluxe edition.

Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Taj Mahal and Neko Case are set to sing on the project, with Matthew McConaughey, Meg Ryan, former boxer Joe Frazier and Costello doing readings, as well. Both projects are produced with the input of producer T-Bone Burnett — who described the sound as “dark, foggy … and scary.”

The novelist King authored the narrative, while veteran singer-songwriter Mellencamp added music and lyrics. “It sounds like the Sgt. Pepper of Americana to me,” Mellencamp said in pre-release materials, adding that the goal was to make the recording sound something like “an old radio play” complete with dialogue and sound effects.