Ullmann Will Stage Mellencamp and King's Ghost Brothers Musical

News   Ullmann Will Stage Mellencamp and King's Ghost Brothers Musical Academy Award nominee Liv Ullmann has announced that she will direct the aborning John Mellencamp-Stephen King stage musical The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, according to Variety.
Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann

Ullmann, who staged the acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Cate Blanchett, revealed the news on a Swedish radio program.

Ghost Brothers, which has a score by Mellencamp and a book by horror novelist King, was previously announced as part of the 2008-2009 season at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.

A January 2010 post on King's website announced that casting was underway for a September 2010 Alliance production. However, a representative stated to Playbill.com that the production would not be produced as part of their current season, however, the Alliance has been involved in the show's development and it could materialize there in the future.

As previously reported, producer T-Bone Burnett is involved in a three-CD recording of 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.

The cast for the recording includes 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. A release date has not been set, though King stated on his website he hoped to have the album released before September.

Press notes for the musical 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…"

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