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© 2018 by Kristi York Wooten

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Apr 07 2012

ARTS & CULTURE

John Mellencamp and Stephen King Make Terrifying Music

Southern Gothic once referred exclusively to scribes and literature from the land of kudzu and mint juleps. Will a new musical from Stephen King and John Mellencamp also fit into the category?

Kristi York Wooten

Southern Gothic once referred exclusively to scribes and literature from the land of kudzu and mint juleps. Today, a Google search of the genre serves up everything from Bon Iver’s Wisconsin folk rock to gory novels by Australian Nick Cave.

Will a new musical from Stephen King and John Mellencamp also fit into the category?

Veteran Broadway performer Shuler Hensley is betting on it. The Tony-award winner (“Oklahoma”) recently returned home to Georgia to star in “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” an eerie yarn by King with songs from rocker Mellencamp, which opened this week at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre.

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Alliance Theatre

Alliance Theatre