Wednesday, May 15, 2013

'Ghost Brothers' to premiere close to home

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

The southern gothic musical collaboration by John Mellencamp, Stephen King and T Bone Burnett, "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," will premiere its national tour close to home, in Bloomington. The concert will take place on Oct. 10 in the IU Auditorium.

The tour will include visits to 20 American cities in the Midwest and Southeast. The tour will begin in Bloomington on Oct. 10 and conclude in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Nov. 6. Ticket prices vary from $20 to $41 for IU Bloomington students and $38 to $62 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased now through , in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, through or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Through 13 years of preparation and thought, the collaboration is a musical with ideas of love, lust, jealousy and revenge, which sparked when Mellencamp told King about an old past-time.

In this old past-time told by Mellencamp, two brothers got into a fight over a girl; following, one brother accidentally killed the other. The surviving brother then died, along with the girl, in a car crash. During the next forty years, the tragic events of that night became a local legend. Such events led Mellencamp to sketch out the musical and the duo ran with it.

Ghost Brothers is set in the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi, in 1957. Two sets of brothers are the center of attention: the ghosts of the brothers involved in the tragic incident at the cabin, and the troubled sons of Joe McCandless. The catch is, McCandless knows the truth behind the local legend.

Check the southern gothic musical out for yourself on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. in the IU Auditorium, located at 1211 E. Seventh St. in Bloomington, and see if McCandless tells all about the legend in order to save his own sons.

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