Atlanta's Alliance Theatre announces casting for "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County"

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 9, 2011 

The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta announced the casting of "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County." This new musical is written by Stephen King, with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp and musical direction by T Bone Burnett.

Tony Award-winning actor Shuler Hensley ("Oklahoma!," "Young Frankenstein" and "Tarzan") and Tony nominee Emily Skinner ("Billy Elliott: The Musical," "The Full Monty" and "Side Show") are the leads in the show. The cast includes blues musician and film actor Jake La Botz; Broadway star and recording artist Justin Guarini ("Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "American Idiot" and first runner-up in the first season of "American Idol"); actor and writer Lucas Kavner; actor and songwriter Kate Ferber ("One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro"); stage and screen actor Christopher Morgan; and country music singer Dale Watson. Other cast members include Peter Albrink, Kylie Brown, Lori Beth Edgeman, Gwen Hughes, Joe Jung, Joe Knezevich, Rob Lawhon, Royce Mann, and Travis Smith.

It will be directed by Susan V. Booth, artistic director of the Alliance. Tony Award-winning scenic designer Todd Rosenthal ("August: Osage County") will design the set. Others on the creative team include choreographer Daniel Pelzig ("33 Variations"), costume designer Susan E. Mickey, Tony Award-nominated lighting designer Robert Wierzel ("Fela!"), media designer Adam Larsen and sound designer Clay Benning.

“It’s a pretty extraordinary thing when you get to offer an artistic home to Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett," said Booth in a statement. "This piece is dear to these gents’ hearts and I’m thrilled we’re able to bring it to life at the Alliance Theatre.”

The cast will be in the Alliance Theatre on Dec. 5 to start a 10-day developmental workshop.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 4-5, April 10, April 12, April 17-19, April 24-26, May 1-3, May 8-10; 8 p.m. April 6-7, April 11, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13; 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5 and May 12.

"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" is a Southern gothic story about mystery, tragedy and ghosts of the past.

Tickets are $45-$85. Some performances are sold out.

Call 404-733-5000.

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