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Stephen King and John Mellencamp's stage musical gets a world premiere date in Atlanta

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Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s long-delayed stage collaboration, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, has finally scared up a debut date. The play will start previews on April 4, 2012 at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre (a launching point for several Broadway works, including the Tony-nabbing Aida and The Color Purple), with the official opening date set for April 11.

A little diddy about two dead boys and girl, Ghost Brothers covers 40 years in the life of a witness to the their violent demise in small town, late-’50s Mississippi. King (whose Carrie inspired the 1988 Broadway production of the same name) penned the play’s book, while Mellencamp wrote the bluesy music and lyrics. Oscar winner T-Bone Burnett will supply the musical direction, and Alliance’s artistic director Susan V. Booth will helm.

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