All-Star Cast Records Soundtrack for Stephen King Musical

King & Mellencamp Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

Some thirteen years ago, musician John Mellancamp discovered his cabin in Indiana was supposed to be haunted by two brothers who fought over a woman. One of them died, the other fled  with the woman, but they drowned when their car crashed into a lake. From the Guardian:

'I called up Stephen King and told him I wanted to make a musical out of the thing,' Mellencamp. 'It's outside both of our wheelhouses.'

King said he 'loved the idea they were brothers, and then years later history repeats itself. Something in that resonated with me deeply.'

The result is Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a story of two brothers in similar situations, some 30 years apart. King wrote the story and Mellencamp, the songs. Its debut in Atlanta last April opened to mixed reviews, but the soundtrack has now been completed with such stars as Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow and Elvis Costello - not to mention Mellencamp himself.

The creative pair are also talking about turning it into a film and possibly taking the show to Broadway. King’s not necessarily convinced it’ll make it, though:

'We were talking about Broadway right away,' King told Rolling Stone. 'John believes in reaching for the stars in everything he does … But a lot of Broadway these days is fucking Disneyland. It's blue-haired ladies from Westchester County. They come in buses and they want to see Aida or the Lion King. It's almost like an amusement park.'

I’m looking forward to hearing the soundtrack, with all these people on it, but I’m not sure what to think about the musical, though.

Dean Fetzer

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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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