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John Mellencamp-Scored Musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" to Tour the Midwest This Fall

Photo: Kevin MazurGhost Brothers of Darkland County, the Southern gothic stage musical on which John Mellencamp collaborated with famed horror author Stephen King and acclaimed producer T Bone Burnett, will hit the road for a 20-date tour of the Midwest this fall.  The trek will get under way on October 10 in Bloomington, Indiana, and is plotted out through a November 6 performance in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The production, which premiered in April 2012 at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, tells the story of a tragedy in rural Mississippi that claims the lives of two brothers and a young girl and how the incident haunts a town during the ensuing years.  The show features an ensemble cast of 15 actors accompanied by a live four-piece band.  Tickets for most of the upcoming performances will be available at starting on Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. local time.

"This is a gothic story-driven rock concert," director Susan Booth says of the play.  "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."

In related news, a star-studded soundtrack album to Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is scheduled to be released on June 4.  The recording features performances by a variety of well-known musicians and actors, including Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Roseanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Meg Ryan and Mellencamp himself.

The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County soundtrack will be available as a standard CD, a digital download, a deluxe CD/DVD set and a three-disc two-CD/DVD Hardcover Edition.  Visit to find out more details about the album.

Here are all of the dates for the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County tour:

10/10 -- Bloomington, IN, Indiana University Auditorium
10/11 -- Louisville, KY, Whitney Hall*
10/12 -- Knoxville, KY, Knoxville Civic Auditorium
10/13 -- Asheville, NC, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium **
10/16 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/17 -- Evansville, IN, Aiken Theatre at The Centre
10/18 -- Indianapolis, IN, Clowes Memorial Hall
10/19 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Theatre
10/22 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre
10/24 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Embassy Theatre
10/25 -- Madison, WI, Overture Hall
10/26 -- Rockford, IL, Coronado Performing Arts Center
10/27 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
10/29 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre ***
10/31 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
11/1 -- Sioux City, IA, Orpheum Theatre
11/2 -- Ames, IA, Stephens Auditorium
11/3 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theatre
11/5 -- South Bend, IN, Morris Performing Arts Center
11/6 -- Grand Rapids, MI, DeVos Performance Hall

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