Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Musical, with Shuler Hensley, Emily Skinner, Justin Guarini, Begins April 4

By Adam Hetrick
04 Apr 2012

Justin Guarini
Justin Guarini

Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley, Tony nominee Emily Skinner and Justin Guarini are part of the world-premiere production of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the new musical thriller by horror writer Stephen King and Grammy Award-winning musician John Mellencamp, which debuts at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre April 4. Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth directs.

Performances are scheduled through May 13; opening night is April 11. The musical's blues-tinged score is by Mellencamp. "Carrie," "Misery" and "The Shining" novelist King authored the book. T Bone Burnett is the musical director.

The complete company includes Jeremy Aggers as Ensemble, Peter Albrink as Jack McCandless, Kylie Brown as Anna Wicklow, Lori Beth Edgeman as Ensemble, Kate Ferber as Jenna, Justin Guarini as Drake McCandless, Shuler Hensley as Joe McCandless, Gwen Hughes as Ensemble, Joe Jung as Newt/Ensemble, Lucas Kavner as Frank McCandless, Joe Knezevich as Record Company Man/Ensemble, Jake La Botz as The Shape, Rob Lawhon as Ensemble, Royce Mann as Young Joe, Christopher L. Morgan as Dan Coker, Emily Skinner as Monique McCandless, Travis Smith as Andy McCandless, Dale Watson as Deejay/Zydeco Cowboy/Ensemble and Ryan Wotherspoon as Ensemble.

Here's how the work is billed: "In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi in 1957, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next 40 years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether or not he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him — or tear the McCandless family apart forever."



Ghost Brothers  features scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, choreography by Daniel Pelzig, costume design by Susan E. Mickey, lighting design by Robert Wierzel, media design by Adam Larsen and sound design by Clay Benning.

The musical was previously announced as part of the Atlanta theatre company's 2008-2009 season, but was postponed. Musical director Burnett was also involved in a three-CD recording of Ghost Brothers. The yet-to-be-released album was reportedly produced like a radio play, with a full book of text, as well as two CDs that include all dialogue and songs and a third CD with only the music.

For tickets phone (404) 733-5000 or visit AllianceTheatre.