Elvis Costello + Neko Case + Stephen King + John Mellencamp = Musical Theater?
Weirdness: Author Stephen King and musician John Mellencamp are working
together on a musical theater collaboration titled Ghost Brothers of
Darkland County, set to debut in Atlanta this September. Sound bizarre? Not as
much as you’d think—King, a surprisingly music-savvy dude, actually runs his
own group of radio stations out of Bangor, Maine, including an adult
Here’s the exciting part: new additions to the
an already intriguing (and star-studded) vocal cast including Kris Kristofferson,
Roseanne Cash, singer-songwriter Will Dailey, the Blasters’ Dave and Phil Alvin
and Sheryl Crow. (Costello is cast as a satanic figure called “The Shape,” and Case will play a chick named Anna. Note: they will not appear in the stage production, but will be featured on the soundtrack.)
But that’s not all. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be accompanied by a three-disc soundtrack, including an entire spoken-word script
with songs performed by the cast. Slated for production by T-Bone Burnett (the master producer behind the Allison Krauss and Robert Plant album, Raising
Sand), the soundtrack will sound like an “old radio program from the 1930s,” according to
Mellencamp. Whatever it is, it sounds pretty sweet to us.