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 project originated about 11 years ago, King said.
King said he outlined a story incorporating live brothers and dead brothers.
“John wanted it to be in the South because he’s a big admirer of Tennessee Williams. I was fine with that because I’d been reading a lot of William Faulkner, and those voices were in my head.”
The show eventually may make it to New York, but King said he wasn’t thinking big.
“I wrote a play that 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. We wanted six or seven instruments, an acoustic kind of sound, like `Big River.’”
In writing the play, King kept the musical side in mind. “I said, `This song goes here, and it’s got to be a song about brothers singing to each other who hate each other.’ So John would write a song.”