Stephen King: My Musical Will Be the 'Anti-Spiderman'

King collaboration with John Mellancamp to be low-tech, for a smaller stage

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 25, 2011 12:41 PM CDT

(Newser) – The wait is over: Horror writer Stephen King's first play, The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, featuring haunting melodies by rocker John Mellencamp, is finally ready for the stage. The musical was originally scheduled for its debut at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in 2009, but was postponed. It's now set to open next April at the Alliance. The show eventually may make it to New York, but King said he wasn't thinking big.

The project originated about 11 years ago, says King "We aimed at the idea of a small stage, a small cast and small tech requirements, sort of the anti-Spiderman. John wanted real Americana music, blue jeans music, and I loved that idea," he said. The unlikely author-rocker duo came together after Mellencamp had an idea to do a play about ghosts and sibling rivalries, set in the South. Mellencamp told his agent he wanted a writer like Stephen King, only to discover that his agent was also King’s agent.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19:  A general view of atmosphere as singer/songwriter John Mellencamp performs at Radio City Music Hall on February 19, 2011 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: A general view of atmosphere as singer/songwriter John Mellencamp performs at Radio City Music Hall on February 19, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
In this Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 file photo, author Stephen King reads from his latest book Ur with the Kindle 2 electronic reader at a news conference for Amazon.com in New York. King's agent, Ralph Vicinanza, said Tuesday, March 3, 2009 that downloads of King's novella UR, available only...
In this Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 file photo, author Stephen King reads from his latest book "Ur" with the Kindle 2 electronic reader at a news conference for Amazon.com in New York. King's agent, Ralph Vicinanza,...   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
US best-selling author Stephen King talks, during a press conference to unveil the Kindle 2, the latest version of Amazon's popular electronic reader, the Kindle, in New York, February, 9, 2009.
US best-selling author Stephen King talks, during a press conference to unveil the Kindle 2, the latest version of Amazon's popular electronic reader, the Kindle, in New York, February, 9, 2009.   (Getty Images)
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