Mellencamp's musical to launch tour from IU

May 10, 2013
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For 13 years, John Mellencamp and Stephen King have been developing their musical collaboration, "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County." Now, after a not-particularly-well-received 2012 production in Atlanta, the show is being re-created for the road.

A 20-city tour will launch with a one-night showing on Oct. 10 at the IU Auditorium. The cast, including 15 actors and a four-piece live band, also will be rehearsing there prior to opening. After a southern swing through Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina, it will return to Indiana to play one-nighters in Evansville (Oct. 17 at Aiken Theatre at The Centre) and at Clowes Hall in Indianapolis (Oct. 18). Later stops are planned for Fort Wayne and South Bend. Click here for more details.

The rest of Clowes Hall's season will be announced May 16.

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  • Hee Haw
    This is hilarious. It flopped in Atlanta, but Cougar has 13 years tied up in it so he's gonna play Evansville, Bloomington and Fort Wayne. Priceless. Greater minds would simply cut their losses.
    • I'm hopeful
      This is par for the course for the development of a musical. It's workshopped, re-written, re-scored, and re-staged extensively. If the producers involved are still willing to mount a production after a regional flop, that is because there is still merit in the production (see Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Whistle Down the Wind" which, in the late 90s, had several workshopped productions, opened in Washington DC for out-of-town previews, and closed a few weeks before its Broadway production was to begin). King and Mellencamp are both compelling writers; if there was not merit in another production no one would be investing in it. Don't be so quick to write it off.
    • Ghosts bros.
      Have to side with Angi on this one. While we won't know the merits of Ghost Brothers 2.0 until it's on stage, musical theater history has plenty of examples of shows that righted themselves after difficult early productions. I'd put Children of Eden, Aida, and Merrily We Roll Along among them. --Lou

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