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

(June 12, 2014) – 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 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 inDarkland 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 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.”

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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                          DurhamPerformingArtsCenter

Nov 15                  Washington,DC                   WarnerTheatre

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 inChicago’s Oriental Theatre

Nov 29                  St. Louis,MO                        PeabodyOpera 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                SHNCurranTheatre


*Providencegoes on sale June 19

*Philadelphiagoes on sale June 27