John Mellencamp Reveals 'Jack & Diane' Musical is within the Works


The singer chatted with 'Today' in regards to the adaptation in addition to his engagement to actress Meg Ryan.

This yr has been eventful for John Mellencamp, who not too long ago launched his 24th studio album, Other People's Stuff, and received engaged to his longtime on-and-off love, Meg Ryan. Even with a tour set and a marriage to plan in 2019, the singer is including Broadway to his to-do record within the new yr: "Jack & Diane" is getting the musical therapy.

"We're on the point of mount 'Jack & Diane' as a Broadway musical," Mellencamp revealed in an interview with Today on Thursday (Dec. 13). "Every downside that this nation's going by means of right now is in that musical." Sternly declaring that the difference is just not a jukebox musical, he added, "My ambitions are set very excessive. As near Steinbeck as we are able to get it -- in right now's world, with these two youngsters."

Mellencamp didn't disclose any additional particulars in regards to the musical -- which a spokesperson confirmed was within the works --  however did point out that lately he lives "an artist's life," spending time daily creating one thing -- whether or not it's portray, writing songs or touring -- with the caveat that "artwork's not being on the radio." Calling radio airplay the "lowest widespread denominator," the gravely singer (who scored 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits within the 1980s, with "Jack & Diane" hitting No. 1) stated nearly all of his greatest recognized songs "actually weren't that good so far as songs go."

Though he doesn't intend to decelerate the work anytime quickly -- "retirement is an Indian phrase for sluggish dying," he quipped -- Mellencamp is arguably the happiest he's ever been in his love life. "I'm engaged at 67 to a really humorous girl... funniest girl I ever met," the thrice-married father of 5 stated of Meg Ryan, who was beforehand married to actor Dennis Quaid, with whom she had a daughter; Ryan additionally adopted a daughter from China in 2006.

Laughing at interviewer Harry Smith's description of his relationship with Ryan as a yo-yoing accordion that goes out and again, retracting and increasing seemingly on a whim, the notoriously cantankerous singer stated, "One can effectively think about I'm not the simplest man to get together with... so, let's go away it at that." The couple first reportedly started courting in late 2010, reportedly splitting in 2014 after which reconnecting in 2017.

Ryan spilled the beans on the couple's engagement final month in a candy Instagram that includes a sketch of the pair holding palms. The two have but to announce a marriage date, however Mellencamp's 2019 plans are already holding true to his never-stop sentiment.



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