Producer T-Bone Burnett plans to record Ghost Brothers, which will be produced like a radio play, with a full book of text, as well as two CD's that include all dialogue and songs; a third CD will feature only the music.
According to King's official website, the duo have edited the three-hour work down to 2 hours and 10 minutes and intend to initially release it as a duo book/CD.
The cast will feature Kris Kristofferson in the role of the father, Joe; with Elvis Costello as the satanic character The Shape; Roseanne Cash as the mother, Monique; and their sons portrayed by Will Daily (Frank), Dave Alvin (Jack), Phil Alvin (Andy) and Mellencamp (Drake). Sheryl Crow will star as Jenna, Neko Case as Anna, with boxing legend Joe Frazier as caretaker Dan Coker and novelist King in the role of Uncle Steve. Glenn Morshower serves as the narrator.
The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, originally billed the premiere as part of its 2008-2009 season, but the musical was postponed. No official announcement of a stage production of Ghost Brothers has been made, though various reports state that the musical will bow in Atlanta in the coming year with an eye toward Broadway.
Original Alliance press notes for the work read: "In 1957, in the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi, 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 a local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all…"