2014 Fall Tour Dates Announced!

Ghost BrothersGHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY
PRESENTED BY STEPHEN KING, JOHN MELLENCAMP, AND T BONE BURNETT

MAJOR CAST ANNOUNCEMENT:
BILLY BURKE AND GINA GERSHON​ LEAD TOURING CAST

(September 30, 2014) – The full cast for the southern gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, was announced today, with actor/writer/producer Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga) and actress/writer/singer Gina Gershon (Killer Joe, House of Versace, Boeing, Boeing) playing the lead roles of Joe McCandless and Monique McCandless respectively. Touring across North America this Fall, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County was written by best-selling author Stephen King, with music by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, and musical direction by Grammy Award-winning T Bone Burnett. The tour kicks off right outside Bangor, ME at the Collins Center For The Arts in Orono, ME, on November 8, before travelling through cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Due to overwhelming demand a second show has been added in San Francisco on December 6th which is now the final date of the tour.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a collaboration 16 years in the making, and blend of unique musical and staging styles. Throughout the production, the eerie blues ‘n’ roots music reveals the inner workings of the characters as opposed to just propelling the play’s narrative, with only a few songs directly advancing the plot. The haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, begins with Joe McCandless reflecting on a past tragedy involving his two older brothers battling over a girl which ended in the unfortunate deaths of all three. Now with Joe as an adult and two boys of his own, he’s watching an all too familiar scenario play out before his eyes. With his sons at each other’s throats, Joe’s story will either save or destroy the McCandless family.

For ticketing information, please visit aeglive.com or http://www.ghostbrothersofdarklandcounty.com/.

GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY CAST

CAST  
Joe McCandless Billy Burke
Monique McCandless Gina Gershon
The Shape Jake La Botz
Zydeco Cowboy Jesse Lenant
Drake McCandless Joe Tippett
Frank McCandless Lucas Kavner
Anna Wicklow Kylie Brown
Dan Coker Eric Moore
Andy McCandless Travis Smith
Jack McCandless Peter Albrink
Jenna Farrell Kate Ferber
Young Joe Zac Ballard
Featured Background Vocalist Carlene Carter
Newt Hoggenbeck / Ensemble Joe Jung
Ensemble Gwen Hughes
Ensemble Rob Lawhon
BAND  
Music Supervision & Arrangements,Band Leader, Guitarist                               Andy York
Percussion Dane Clark
Keyboards & Harmonica Troye Kinnett
Upright Bass Jon E. Gee

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

 

Nov 8 Orono, ME Collins Center For The Arts
Nov 9 Orono, ME Collins Center For The Arts
Nov 11 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theatre
Nov 14 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
Nov 15 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
Nov 16 Baltimore, MD The Modell Performing Arts Center at the LYRIC
Nov 18 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Nov 20 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
Nov 21 Boston, MA Emerson Colonial Theatre
Nov 22 Providence, RI The VETS
Nov 24 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Nov 26 Detroit, MI Fisher Theatre
Nov 28 Chicago, IL Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre
Nov 29 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
Dec 1 Denver, CO Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
Dec 3 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre
Dec 4 Los Angeles, CA Saban Theatre
Dec 5 San Francisco, CA SHN Curran Theatre
Dec 6 San Francisco, CA SHN Curran Theatre

NEW Tour Dates Announced!

CO-CONSPIRATORS STEPHEN KING, JOHN MELLENCAMP, AND T BONE BURNETT PRESENT: GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY

“A pretty awesome spectacle.” – Bert Osbourne, Atlanta Journal –Constitution

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AEG Live announced today the southern gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will tour across North America this Fall. Written by best-selling author Stephen King, with music by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, and musical direction by Grammy Award-winning T Bone Burnett, the tour kicks off right outside Bangor, ME at the Collins Center For The Arts in Orono, ME, on November 8, travelling through cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles before wrapping in San Francisco on December 5. Tickets for the performances go on sale June 20 at www.axs.com unless otherwise noted.

This extraordinary collaboration 16 years in the making is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of John Mellencamp’s band. The staging of Ghost Brothers is an amalgam of different styles – both old fashioned, resembling an old-style radio show, and yet, modern and unique in its interactive use of storytelling, music and singing to move the macabre Ghost Brothers story forward.

The story goes that Joe McCandless saw his two older brothers battle over a girl which ended in the unfortunate deaths of all three. Now with Joe as an adult and two boys of his own, he’s watching an all too familiar scenario play out before his eyes. As the story continues, a malevolent Shape circles the stage, singing about heaven and hell. Joe McCandless lingers in the dream-land café, remembering the events of his life, and is urged to action by the friendly bartender. In 2007, he goes to his family cabin in Darkland County, Mississippi, where his brothers died in 1967, to tell his own sons Frank and Drake his tale of brotherly love gone sour. With his sons at each other’s throats, Joe’s story will either save or destroy the McCandless family. Will Joe bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own sons? Find out whether the ghosts left behind will help him—or tear the McCandless family apart forever.

After Mellencamp brought the story idea to King and the musical developed, it became clear to the collaborators that Ghost Brothers had taken them into unfamiliar territory — and they liked it that way. “John can make rock & roll records and I can write books for the rest of our lives,” says King, “but that’s the safe way to do it, and that’s no way to live if you want to stay creative. We were willing to be educated, and at our age, that’s an accomplishment.” Eventually they enlisted T Bone Burnett, who has produced Mellencamp’s last two albums, as well as Grammy-winning albums like “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and the Robert Plant-Alison Krauss collaboration “Raising Sand”, to bring his signature shadowy ambience to the music.
Throughout the production, the eerie blues ‘n’ roots music reveals the inner workings of the characters as opposed to just propelling the play’s narrative, with the only a few songs directly advancing the plot. Acclaimed director Susan Booth, the Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, who calls the musical a “a kind of new age travelling medicine show” explains, “I want the emphasis to be on this fantastic score and our great singers and how the story advances us from song to song. In most musicals, the songs advance the narrative. With Ghost Brothers, the story will advance the songs.”
For ticketing information, please visit aeglive.com or http://www.ghostbrothersofdarklandcounty.com/.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Nov 8 – Orono, ME – Collins Center For The Arts
Nov 9 – Orono, ME – Collins Center For The Arts
Nov 11 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Nov 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Merriam Theatre*
Nov 14 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
Nov 15 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
Nov 16 – Baltimore, MD – The Modell Performing Arts Center at the LYRIC
Nov 18 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
Nov 20 – Portland, ME – Merrill Auditorium
Nov 21 – Boston, MA – Emerson Colonial Theatre
Nov 22 – Providence, RI – The VETS*
Nov 24 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Nov 26 – Detroit, MI – Fisher Theatre
Nov 28 – Chicago, IL – Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre
Nov 29 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
Dec 1 – Denver, CO – Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
Dec 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Orpheum Theatre
Dec 4 – Los Angeles, CA – Saban Theatre
Dec 5 – San Francisco, CA – SHN Curran Theatre

* Providence goes on sale June 19
* Philadelphia goes on sale June 27

The Nashville Scene Says Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Excels On Stage

Check out the recent review of Ghost Brothers by The Nashville Scene!

Fright Night: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Excels On Stage

POSTED BY  ON THU, OCT 17, 2013 AT 12:30 PM

It wasn’t exactly a dark and stormy night, but a chilly, rainy afternoon put me in just the right mood forGhost Brothers of Darkland County, the musical thriller dreamed up by Stephen King and John Mellencamp and brought to life by music producer T Bone Burnett and director Susan Booth. From listening to the all-star album Burnett recorded of the piece, and my email correspondence with Ms. Booth for a preview in last week’s Scene, I concluded that one CD just wasn’t long enough. Though the album gets an A+ for the recording and the performances, it barely scrapes a D in telling the story; it took me three careful listens to get even a shaky grasp of the ending.

At close to two and a half hours, the stage production of Ghost Brothers is a vast improvement, giving cast and crew room to stretch out and set us straight. Without giving anything away, crucial plot points that were outlined in a rush on the album are revealed plainly on the stage, and in a much more comprehensible order….

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The Indy Star says John Mellencamp-Stephen King collaboration packs an emotional wallop

Check out this amazing review of the “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” live show by IndyStar.com!

John Mellencamp-Stephen King collaboration packs an emotional wallop

‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’ tour will visit Clowes Hall

Written by David Lindquist
Eric Moore (from left), Kate Ferber, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Albrink and Travis Smith perform the song ‘What Kind of Man Am I’ during a ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’ rehearsal in Bloomington. / Matt Kryger / The Star

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — John Mellencamp and Stephen King say “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” isn’t ready for Broadway, but their theatrical production can’t get much better than the version that debuted Thursday at IU Auditorium.

When the “Ghost Brothers” tour visits Clowes Hall on Oct. 18, attendees will experience a show that resembles an old-school radio play. Conventional acting and choreography are parts of the package, but only as accents — an approach that fits Mellencamp’s description of “Ghost Brothers” as a “play with music” rather than a musical.

The Hoosier rock star hasn’t wavered in that description through 13 years of collaboration with best-selling author King. Yet the first staging of “Ghost Brothers,” a production in Atlanta in 2012, featured visible spurts of “blood” and leaps from a stage-prop cliff. Too close to the processed and packaged Great White Way for Mellencamp’s tastes.

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USA Today: ‘Ghost Brothers’ made kin of Mellencamp and King

The heartland icons’ musical launches a tour on Thursday.

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John Mellencamp won’t be performing in the new tour of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the musical he composed with Stephen King.

Neither, for that matter, will King — though he and Mellencamp did, in one of their early meetings, bond as musicians. “He tuned my guitar,” King recalls. “He said, ‘This thing’s a (expletive) mess.’ ”

In a separate phone interview, Mellencamp confirms this: “It was way out of tune.” He adds, with obvious affection, “Just like Steve’s way out of tune.”

It was more than a decade ago that the rock veteran approached the best-selling author with the concept for Ghost Brothers, a musical (or “a play with music,” as Mellencamp prefers to call it) inspired by actual events in Mellencamp’s home state of Indiana. In the show, which premiered last year at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, two brothers and one young woman lose their lives to a toxic mix of lust and sibling rivalry.

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