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Embassy Theatre to get John Mellencamp, Stephen King gothic musical

The Fort Wayne performance is one of 20 announced so far in the Midwest, Southeast

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 12:01 am

It's an unusual collaboration: Hoosier rocker John Mellencamp and best-selling scary novelist Stephen King, with award-winning musician and music producer T Bone Burnett in the mix, too.

The three collaborated on the southern gothic, supernatural musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," which will play at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne.

Tickets are $39.50, $56.50 and $66.50; they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Embassy box office,

Ticketmaster outlets, and 1-800-745-3000.

The Embassy is one of 20 stops announced so far for the show, which opens Oct. 10 in Bloomington.

The musical, which took 13 years to go from idea to reality, is a "haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge," a news release said. It will be performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors accompanied by a four-piece live band.

An album of the show's roots music will go on sale June 4, the news release said.

The spark that eventually produced "The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" came more than a decade ago when Mellencamp told King about a cabin on his land in Indiana where two brothers had fought over a girl, the news release said. One brother accidentally killed the other, but the survivor and the girl died a short time later in a car crash.

King reportedly came up with a plot outline within days, the news release said. He and Mellencamp then began the lengthy process of expanding the outline into a full-length musical.