This production was staged as part of our 2011/12 Season

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

April 4 to May 13, 2012 | On the Alliance Stage
World Premiere Musical
Part of the Alliance Series

"Once you get inside the Alliance Theatre, take a moment to stand in awe...lives up to [the hype] with an almost supernatural ease." —Bert Osborne for the AJC

"Mellencamp's [music] has an instrumental richness and auditory clarity like I've never heard in a stage musical." —Curt Holman for Creative Loafing

"...[Jake La Botz] is slithering, salacious, manipulative, delightful. ...T Bone Burnett has nuanced the sound into a sleekly polished landscape." —Wendell Brock for the Los Angeles Times

Two brothers and a bullet. Two lovers and a leap.
And the ghosts that know the truth.

A world premiere rock & blues ghost story.

In keeping with the Alliance’s tradition of producing new American musicals, the company will produce the world premiere of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a haunting new musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp and book by Stephen King, as the closing show of the Alliance Stage Series season set for spring of 2012. One of the world's most popular authors and one of America’s most honored musicians have created a riveting Southern gothic musical fraught with mysterytragedy, and phantoms of the past, along with a roots and blues-tinged score that is sure to leave audiences asking for more. Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth directs, with musical direction provided by legendary producer T Bone Burnett.

In the tiny town of Delight, 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.

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Cast & Crew


  • Andy
    Travis was last seen at the Alliance as Andy in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Other Atlanta credits: Metamorphoses, Much Ado About Nothing, Illyria, The Glass... read more »


  • Director
    Susan V. Booth joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition,... read more »

Audience Feedback


To mark the end of the Alliance Stage as we know it, and to welcome the new era with the start of the big renovation, Pearl Cleage, our Mellon Playwright in Residence, wrote a piece to commemorate this special occasion.

As a spunky gal in touch with nature in the kingdom of Kashoogie, India S. Tyree portrays a unique Cinderella in the world-premiere production of Cinderella and Fella. In between performances, India took a few minutes to give us the inside scoop on her role in the musical.

A quick glance at Magic Negro director Anthony LeBlanc's resume reveals a robust string of achievements likely to be the envy of any comedian in the business. One particular credit to his name may cause others to take pause: a Computer Science and Physics B.S. degree.



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