Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the riveting stage version of the new supernatural blues and roots musical from author Stephen King, musician John Mellencamp and producer/songwriter T Bone Burnett, will play Hennepin Theatre Trust's State Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. This haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge will be performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band. The album of the musical (Concord Music Group), featuring such artists as Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case and Kris Kristofferson, will be released on June 4. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17.For tickets and information visit or call 1.800.982.2787.

Set in the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi, the Southern gothic story centers on two sets of brothers: the ghosts of Jack and Andy, dead in an apparent murder/suicide, and their nephews, the living Frank and Drake, who seem to be headed toward the same downward spiral as their uncles. It's time to reveal terrible secrets before the tragedy repeats itself. The saga began when Mellencamp told King about a cabin on his land in Indiana where two brothers had gotten in a fight over a girl; one brother accidentally killing the other, only to die along with the girl in a car crash a short time later. King, who wrote the libretto, came up with an outline for a play and they began to develop it into a full-length musical.

The Americana music of Ghost Brothers reflects the trio's wide range of styles and influences in a work that jumps back and forth across decades. Rather than use the songs to propel the play's narrative, as in a conventional musical, Mellencamp, who wrote the music and lyrics, chose to make them a way to reveal the emotions and inner workings of the characters. The renowned T Bone Burnett is the producer and musical director. It will play across the country in 20 cities throughout October and November including Louisville, Nashville and Minneapolis.


Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at Hennepin Theatre Trust's State Theatre (805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55402). Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17 and range from $39.50 to $69.50 depending on seating preference. All prices include applicable facility fees. Additional service charges may apply. Tickets may be purchased in person at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55402), online at, or by calling 1.800.982.2787 or visiting a Ticketmaster Center.

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