The Alliance Theatre and live music venue Eddie’s Attic have partnered to host a concert series showcasing the actor-musicians in the Alliance’s upcoming world premiere musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County – Book by Stephen King; Music and Lyrics by John Mellencamp; Musical Direction by T Bone Burnett. The five-week series, titled Darkland County Tuesdays, begins February 28 and boasts an impressive line-up of Atlanta-based and national performers.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County features a blues and roots tinged score. To accomplish what has been described as a “ghost story/rock concert mashup,” the actors in the cast had to be true musicians. Eddie’s Attic is excited to bring these talented actor-musician hybrids to its stage. Atlanta audiences have the opportunity to see them perform original and covered music before Ghost Brothers of Darkland County opens at the Alliance Theatre on April 4.
Scheduled performers* include (cast members bolded):
- · February 28, 8:00pm – Lori Beth Edgeman with Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck, and Jake La Botz
- · March 6, 8:00pm – Gwen Hughes, Jeremy Aggers, and Joe Jung
- · March 13, 8:00pm – Justin Guarini, and Kate Ferber with Peter Albrink and Lucas Kavner
- · March 20, 8:00pm – Dale Watson, Travis Smith with Dave Onorato and Joe Knezevich, Ryan Wotherspoon, and Rob Lawhon with Kylie Brown and John Driskell Hopkins from Zac Brown Band
- · March 27, 8:00pm – Russell Cook with Cameron Cook (known as Little Country Giants), and Stephanie Laubscher with Josh Fletcher
*Line-up is subject to change
Tickets for Darkland County Tuesdays can be purchased online at www.alliancetheatre.org/darklandcountytuesdays.
In keeping with the Alliance Theatre’s tradition of producing new American musicals, the company will produce the world premiere of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County – Book by Stephen King; Music & Lyrics by John Mellencamp; Musical Direction by T Bone Burnett. This riveting Southern Gothic musical set to a roots and blues-tinged score is fraught with mystery, tragedy and ghosts of the past.
In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi in 1967, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next forty years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether or not he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him – or tear the McCandless family apart forever.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will premiere at the Alliance Theatre on April 4 and run through May 13, 2012. Tickets are available at The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office, by calling 404.733.5000 or online at www.alliancetheatre.org/ghostbrothers.