Ghost Quartet in Concert: Dave Malloy’s haunted song cycle about love, death, and whisky, returns in a concert version, in preparation for its premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. A camera breaks and four friends drink, in four interwoven narratives spanning seven centuries: a warped fairy tale about two sisters; a retelling of Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher"; a purgatorial intermezzo about Scheherazade; and a contemporary fable about a subway murder. Murder ballads, doo-wop, jazz noise, and raucous campfire drinking songs collide in this chamber musical from Dave Malloy, composer of the Broadway-bound Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Featuring Malloy, Comet stars Brittain Ashford and Gelsey Bell, cellist Brent Arnold, designer Christopher Bowser, and director Annie Tippe.
“Critic's Pick: Rapturous…this happily haunted song cycle speaks in many styles. The voguish term “mash-up” doesn’t begin to capture its breadth or its quirky sincerity…Ghost Quartet uses languages as varied as gospel, folk ballads, honky-tonk anthems of heartbreak, electropop, doo-wop and jazz à la Thelonious Monk…directed with unobtrusive cunning by Annie Tippe…Mr. Malloy is infectiously in love with the dark arts of storytelling in all its forms.” -Ben Brantley, New York Times