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« on: May 10, 2013, 12:47:40 pm »

CO-CONSPIRATORS STEPHEN KING, JOHN MELLENCAMP, AND T BONE BURNETT PRESENT

GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY - A RIVETING STAGE EXPERIENCE IN 20 MIDWEST AND SOUTHEAST CITIES

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY MAY 17 AT 10AM VIA AEGLIVE.COM

AEG Live is pleased to announce that the southern gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, written by Stephen King, with music by John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, has confirmed a tour of 20 American cities throughout the Midwest and Southeast beginning October 10 in Bloomington, IN, and ending November 6 in Grand Rapids, MI. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17 at 10am at aeglive.com. This extraordinary collaboration, 13 years in the making, is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, which will be performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band. The album of the musical will be released on June 4 via Hear Music and the Concord Music Group. Complete tour dates are below.

The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County saga began when Mellencamp told King about a cabin on his land in Indiana where two brothers had gotten in a fight over a girl; one brother accidentally killing the other, only to die along with the girl in a car crash a short time later. King came up with an outline for a play in a matter of days. And then off and on, back and forth, they began to develop it into a full-length musical.

The superb blues n' roots music of Ghost Brothers reflects the wide range of styles and influences needed for a work that jumps back and forth across decades. Rather than use the songs to propel the play's narrative, as in a conventional musical, Mellencamp chose to make them a way to reveal the emotions and inner workings of the characters.

Set in the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi, the Ghost Brothers' story centers on two sets of brothers: the ghosts of Jack and Andy, dead in an apparent murder/suicide, and their nephews, the living Frank and Drake, who seem to be headed toward the same downward spiral as their uncles. Joe, younger brother of Jack and Andy, father of Frank and Drake, has decided it's time to reveal his own terrible secret at the site of the tragedy, before it's too late.

As the story emerged during the writing of the musical, 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."

Putting King's words and Mellencamp's songs on the stage is in the skilful hands of acclaimed director Susan Booth, who calls the musical a "a kind of new age travelling medicine show." "This is a gothic story-driven rock concert," says Booth. "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."

Public Ticket On Sale: Friday, May 17 at 10am at aeglive.com except as noted below, Bloomington tickets are on sale now.

Pre-Sale Tickets: Tuesday, May 14th from 10am 10pm (except for Louisville, which will be on Tuesday, May 28th from 10am-10pm and there is no Bloomington pre-sale, see note below). Please visit aeglive.com for links to all ticket purchases. Password will be posted on this page and Mellencamp.com at 9:30 AM ET Tuesday morning.

The complete Ghost Brothers of Darkland County tour itinerary is below:

October
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

November
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

* Louisville onsale Friday, May 31 at 10am
** Asheville onsale Saturday, May 18 at 10am
*** Milwaukee onsale Friday, May 17 at 12 noon
+ Bloomington tickets are currently on-sale and there will be no pre-sale for this show. The venue is in their subscription purchase period, and tickets may be purchased for a single show, but seats will not be assigned or mailed until August. Please visit http://www.iuauditorium.com/ to purchase tickets.
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 04:16:48 pm »

I just have to pass on my absolute excitement at this announcement!!!  I never, never, ever thought in a trillion years I would have the chance to see this!  This is too awesome!!  Thanks for thinking of us Midwesterners, John!!!

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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2013, 07:49:55 am »

Is JM going to be at the shows?  It really doesn't matter I guess. I am just curious.
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2013, 08:10:59 am »

Is JM going to be at the shows?  It really doesn't matter I guess. I am just curious.

While he won't be on stage and won't be singing or playing music at the shows I expect John to be at several of the shows, especially the ones close to Bloomington. John cares deeply for this project and I suspect he will be contributing input and tweaks until he is satisfied with it.
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2013, 04:13:16 pm »

We can't get tickets because it says password is not good. Thanks for any help.
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2013, 07:21:30 am »

We can't get tickets because it says password is not good. Thanks for any help.

Were you able to purchase the tickets? 
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2013, 08:51:35 am »

Got mine for Grand Rapids!!!!!!!

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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2013, 01:48:18 pm »

Will The Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County be coming to Canada?




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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2013, 06:38:43 pm »

Will The Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County be coming to Canada?

There currently are no plans for shows beyond the 20 that have been announced, but anything is possible.
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2013, 08:28:32 pm »

any word on how ticket sales are doin??..i got mine for bloomington...
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