Stephen King and John Mellencamp: Southern Gothic musical

Posted by Glennis Byron on April 01, 2011 in News tagged with , , ,

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a ‘Southern Gothic’ musical by Stephen King and John Mellencamp, will finally have its long anticipated premiere in April 2012 in Atlanta, according to Alliance theatre’s website. Susan V. Booth directs, with musical direction provided by legendary producer T Bone Burnett.  Here’s the summary from the theatre’s website:

In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi in 1957, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next forty years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether or not he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him – or tear the McCandless family apart forever.

There’s no word about whether the cd they were talking of last autumn will be released prior to the premiere.

Made me think a little of  Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Ode to Billy Joe’. Might seem very dated now, but that was certainly a striking piece of Southern Gothic music in its time. I’ve put the youtube of Gentry’s performance below:

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