Bruce Greenwood, Emily Skinner & More Set for THE GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY Tour; Launches 10/10 in Bloomington
AEG Live has just announced the touring cast for the southern gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, libretto by Stephen King, with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp and musical direction by T Bone Burnett. The show will be appearing in 19 cities throughout the Midwest and Southeast beginning October 10 in Bloomington, IN, and ending November 6 in Grand Rapids, MI. Tickets are on sale now at aeglive.com.
This extraordinary collaboration, 13 years in the making, is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, which will be performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band. The macabre story will feature a chorus of actors and singers, and musicians featuring members of Mellencamp's band. The staging of Ghost Brothers will be an amalgam of different styles - both old fashioned, resembling in many ways an old-style radio show, and yet, modern and unique in its interactive use of actors, singers and musicians in order to move the Ghost Brothers story forward incorporating a mix of storytelling, music and singing.
The show stars actor Bruce Greenwood as the father Joe McCandless. Greenwood, is perhaps best known for his roles as JFK in the film Thirteen Days, Flight and Captain Christopher Pike in the 2009 Star Trek film and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. Also starring is Emily Skinner as Joe's wife, Monique. Skinner is a well-known stage actress who received a Tony Award nomination for Side Show, and has had leading roles on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde, James Joyce's The Dead, The Full Monty and Billy Elliot.
Joe and Monique's sons are the living brothers Frank and Drake McCandless. They are played by Lucas Kavner and Joe Tippett, respectively. Kavner has appeared in projects for Comedy Central, ESPN, VH1, and has performed or workshopped shows at the Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Atlanitc, Abingdon Theatre, Dixon Place and many more. Tippett most recently did a staged reading in Waterford, CT, as part of the 2013 National Playwrights Conference, as well as one in New York City at Hayden 5's NoMad Loft. The
female love interest of this ensemble, Anna, is played by Kylie Brown, who has recently appeared in Atlanta productions of Hello Dolly and Hair.
The two dead brothers, Jack and Andy McCandless, are played by Peter Albrink and Travis Smith respectively. Albrink starred in the Long Wharf's version of Sam Shepherd's Curse of the Starving Class earlier in the year, while Smith, recently played John Carter Cash in the USA Network's Johnny Cash biopic Ring of Fire, and appears in that network's series, Necessary Roughness. This ensemble's female love interest, Jenna, is played by Kate Ferber, whose recent credits include the one-woman show One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro.
The Shape, a devil-like character, is played by Jake LaBotz, who is a blues singer-songwriter and has acted in films by Sylvester Stallone and Steve Buscemi. LaBotz has released six of his own albums. The remaining cast members are: Eric Moore, Joe Jung, Rob Lawhon, Gwen Hughes, Jesse Lenat and Zac Ballard. The band on stage features bandleader Andy York on guitar, percussionist Dane Clark, Troye Kinnett on Keyboards and harmonica and upright bassist Jon Gunnell.