- $79 for two tickets to Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and two tour posters (up to a $210.60 value)
- When: Tuesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: The Riverside Theater
- Seating: first floor
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
History's most successful writer of horror fiction, Stephen King pairs with one of the country's most beloved heartland rockers, John Mellencamp, plus one of roots music's most respected producers, T-Bone Burnett in a landmark artistic collaboration. These three artistic giants joined forces to create Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, with King as the wordsmith, Mellencamp crafting the blues, gospel, and roots showtunes, and Burnett giving them a sonic polish. First released as an album, then briefly staged in Atlanta, the southern gothic musical is now hitting the road for its first ever tour of the Midwest. The tour stars Bruce Greenwood, who played JFK in Thirteen Days and Captain Pike in the last two Star Trek films, and Emily Skinner, who has a number of Broadway credits to her name, including performances in Side Show, Jekyll & Hyde, James Joyce’s The Dead, The Full Monty, and Billy Elliot.
Two brothers in a tiny Mississippi town fight for the love of a lady. One is a novelist (reminiscent of King) and the other is a singer (shades of Mellencamp). They all die one night in a dilapidated cabin, but that's just the beginning of the tale. How they died remains a mystery that becomes town folklore, until 40 years later when the ghosts come back to haunt their still living brother, Joe—the one person who saw them perish. Sensing that his own two sons are going down the same tragic path as their deceased uncles, he finally reveals what truly happened on that fateful night in the woods.
The stage tour, which director Susan Booth describes as a "gothic story-driven rock concert," transforms the theater into a ghostly shindig with 15 performers and a four-piece musical ensemble made up of members of Mellencamp's band. The result is a show designed to make audiences simultaneously tap their toes, shiver their timbers, and chew on their programs like stalks of straw.
As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, Pabst Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.