Is it a Concert? Is it a Musical? Stephen King and John Mellencamp Collaborate in Touring Show!

Stephen King and John Mellencamp are going on the road together in one of the most unlikely pairings you would dream of when you consider a musical meant for the stage. But after Ghost Brothers of Darkland County opened in Atlanta and seeing huge success, it’s clear that when two great minds come together, great things happen.

The story is a tale of two brothers, long gone from this Earth and returning to guide their surviving younger brother on the right path as he now raises his own sons; definitely a King-influenced story mostly taking place in the supernatural world. But throughout, 15 cast members portray the story on-stage through music, ranging from folks and blues to rock and roll; with definite John Mellencamp nuances and influences throughout.

After seeing such huge success at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, it was assumed that the musical would be headed for Broadway, the way that so many hit musicals go. Instead, Mellencamp and King have decided to turn it into a concert and take it on the road instead.

The concert will tell the same story as the musical, but will travel around to 20 different cities in the United States, staying mostly to the Midwest and Southeast. The show will kick off on October 10 in Bloomington, Indiana and will run until November 6 where it will wrap up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can find a full listing of dates and times here.

If you can’t make it to the show, make sure to pick up the accompanying album that features Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ryan Bingham, along with narration provided by Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis, and Meg Ryan.

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