Mellencamp and King's Musical Ghost Brothers Postponed by Atlanta's Alliance

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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a world-premiere musical by Stephen King and John Mellencamp, will no longer be produced as part of the Alliance Theatre's 2008-09 season, the Atlanta theatre company announced May 5.
John Mellencamp and Stephen King
John Mellencamp and Stephen King Photo by Amy Guip (King)

The production was scheduled to run April 15-May 10, 2009, as the closing show of the 2008-09 season. The production, currently in the early stages of development, has been delayed "due to unanticipated scheduling problems which could not be resolved in time for the production." Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be produced at the Alliance Theatre as part of the 2009-10 season, if all the elements can come together, according to Alliance.

Artistic director Susan V. Booth said in a statement, "While we are obviously saddened by the need to postpone our premiere of Ghost Brothers, we understood going in — as there always is — there was an element of risk in committing to the premiere of a major new musical. I'm personally grateful to have such a sophisticated audience here in Atlanta that has gone along on so many exciting rides with us, from The Color Purple to Sister Act the Musical to The Women of Brewster Place. I am committed to identifying a replacement work of equally innovative and entertaining stature. Atlanta deserves no less."

Booth emphasized that this decision was a result of discussions with members of the entire creative team. "All were in agreement with the evolution of the new work-in-progress and the direction it was moving while in development but realized the script would not be ready by spring 2009," according to a statement.

A replacement production will be announced in the near future. Subscribers to the Alliance Stage Series will be contacted by Alliance staff regarding updates to their subscriptions.

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