dave malloy
Ghost Quartet


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**Outstanding Visiting Production, 2016 Elliot Norton Awards**

**Nominated for Outstanding Musical, 2015 Drama League Awards; Outstanding Music, 2015 Drama Desk Awards; Best Unique Theatrical Experience, 2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Awards**

**Best of 2014: The New Yorker, New York Times, Broadway World, Playbill, The Cast Album Review**

Radio Boston Interview: “Music, Whiskey, and the Afterlife”


Critic's Pick...Rapturous…Written and composed by Dave Malloy—the rollicking talent behind the hit Off Broadway popera Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812—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…

Ghost Quartet slyly addresses the questions of why we want to believe in ghosts and feel the need to keep talking about them. And I promise you, you will believe by the evening’s end. People may die, but the stories they tell will continue to divide and multiply, and haunt the world for as long as the human race exists. The ways in which the last number attests to this creed is one of the most ingenious and affecting finales I’ve come across in years…Mr. Malloy and company find new ways for guaranteeing that this exultant production’s melody lingers on, in the finest tradition of phantoms that never say die.”

-Ben Brantley, New York Times

4 Stars...The brilliantly inventive Dave Malloy's theater songs make you blue like the sky: sad but high. Listening to his brand of emo-pop regret laced with cosmic hope, it’s like you’re watching a spectacular sunrise after a night of whiskey and lame flirting…the material coheres on a rich, intuitive level. This is an experiment in mood and evanescence, a chance to get inside the singer-songwriter’s head and savor the superb musicianship of his collaborators: elvish art-song soprano Gelsey Bell, smoky retro crooner Brittain Ashford and Brent Arnold on cello, dulcimer and erhu.”

-David Cote, Time Out New York

Ghost Quartet unfolds with a subtly seductive allure...Brittain Ashford and Gelsey Bell deliver some breathtaking harmonies as well as spine-tingling interpretations of songs, with Ashford’s lush alto brimming with personality and Bell’s clear soprano ringing out with emotion and power...tight harmonies, compelling characters, and rich musicianship, draw us into a cozy world to explore our fascination with and connection to otherworldly spirits for a uniquely thrilling evening.”

-Terry Byrne, Boston Globe



A song cycle about love, death, and whiskey.
A camera breaks and four friends drink in an interwoven tale spanning seven centuries, with a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk. 

Ghost Quartet is
Brent Arnold (vocals, cello, guitar, erhu, dulcimer, percussion) 
Brittain Ashford (vocals, autoharp, keyboard, percussion)
Gelsey Bell (vocals, metallophone, Celtic harp, accordion, percussion)
Dave Malloy (vocals, piano, keyboard, ukulele, percussion)

Music, Lyrics, and Text by Dave Malloy
Developed and Arranged by Ghost Quartet
Directed by Annie Tippe
Production & Lighting Design by Christopher Bowser
Sound Design by Dave Malloy
Dramaturgy by James Harrison Monaco
Assistant Direction by Ambrym Smith

Developed with support from The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA, and The Bushwick Starr

The Bushwick Starr (World Premiere), Brooklyn NY, October 2014
The McKittrick Hotel, NYC, Jan - May 2015
Mt. Tremper Arts, Mt. Tremper NY, July 2015
American Repertory Theater, Cambridge MA, Sept 2015
Curran Under Construction, San Francisco CA, Oct 2015
Life in Deep Ellum, Dallas TX, April 2016
Joe's Pub, NYC, July 2016
Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn NY, July 2016
Paines Plough's Roundabout, Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 2016
Next Door at New York Theater Workshop, NYC, October 2017
Erickson Theater, Seattle Theater Group, Seattle WA, January 2018


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