Suspense has surrounded “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” the Stephen King-John Mellencamp musical that the Alliance Theatre announced for the 2008-09 season, then promptly delayed. But the world premiere is officially back on again.
Atlanta’s biggest theater, which announced only the first part of its 2011-12 season earlier this month, saved a big surprise for Wednesday’s announcement of the second half, including “Ghost Brothers” among its final four plays.
The King-Mellencamp collaboration, with musical direction by renowned producer T-Bone Burnett (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”), will close the Alliance main stage season in spring 2012. Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth will direct.
The Alliance describes the show as a “Southern Gothic musical fraught with mystery, tragedy and ghosts of the past.”