Tony-Winning Director Joins Musical Co-Written By John Mellencamp

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A new jukebox musical featuring songs from the catalogue of Grammy-winning rocker John Mellencamp is being directed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. Naomi Wallace is writing the libretto for the untitled show.

The musical is being jointly produced by Republic Records, Federal Films, and Universal Music Theatrical.

"This is a story about those people who live, love and die on the underside of the American Dream in small towns all across our country," according to the producers.

"This is a tale, laced with humor and visceral energy, about star-crossed lovers, and their stubborn refusal to give up, to lie down, to let go of the potential their youthful dreams once promised," the producers said in a statement.

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