This news is so good, it's scary. Tony nominee Emily Skinner, Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood and more will lead the new U.S. concert tour of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic musical written by Stephen King and featuring music by John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. Directed by Susan V. Booth, the previously announced national tour will kick off October 10 at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington, IN, and will tour to 19 Midwest cities this fall, including Louisville, Nashville, Minneapolis and Milwaukee.
In addition to Skinner as Monique McCandless and Greenwood as Joe McCandless, the production will star Joe Tippett as Drake McCandless, Lucas Kavner as Frank McCandless, Kylie Brown as Anna Wicklow, Eric Moore as Dan Coker, Travis Smith as Andy McCandless, Peter Albrink as Jack McCandless, Kate Ferber as Jenna Farrell, Joe Jung as Newt Hoggenbeck, Jesse Lenat as the Zydeco Cowboy, Jake LaBotz as the Shape, Zac Ballard as Young Joe, and Rob Lawhon and Gwen Hughes will round out out the ensemble.
The musical, presented as a concert as opposed to a fully staged production, tells the story of two sets of brothers in a tiny Mississippi town: the ghosts of Jack (Albrink) and Andy (Smith), dead in an apparent murder/suicide, and their nephews Frank (Kavner) and Drake (Tippet), who may be heading down the same path as their uncles. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County premiered in Atlanta in 2012, starring Skinner, Smith and Kavner, who are reprising their roles in the concert tour.
Skinner garnered a Tony nomination for Side Show. Her additional Broadway credits include Billy Elliot, Dinner at Eight, The Full Monty, James Joyce’s The Dead and Jekyll & Hyde. Greenwood’s film and TV credits include Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Thirteen Days, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Devil’s Knot, Young Justice, The River, The Place Beyond the Pines and I, Robot.