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Dave Malloy's Acclaimed Ghost Quartet Will Make Manhattan Premiere

The new musical drama premiered at the Bushwick Starr.

A moment from Dave Malloy's Ghost Quartet.
A moment from Dave Malloy's Ghost Quartet.

Ghost Quartet, a new song cycle by Natasaha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 scribe Dave Malloy, will make its Manhattan premiere from January 5-18 at The McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More.

Directed by Annie Tippe, the production will star Malloy alongside Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell, and cellist Brent Arnold, all of whom appeared in the show's October 2014 world premiere at the Bushwick Starr.

The song cycle about love, death, and whisky weaves together four different narratives spanning seven centuries: a warped fairy tale about two sisters, a tree house astronomer, and a lazy evil bear; a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher"; a purgatorial intermezzo about Scheherazade and the ghost of Thelonious Monk; and a contemporary fable about a subway murder. Throughout these four stories, two women cross paths, sometimes as strangers, sometimes as sisters, sometimes as lovers, sometimes as mother and daughter.

Ghost Quartet will be staged in the round in an intimate setting within The McKittrick Hotel, with the musicians seated among the audience.The piece is scored for four voices, cello, guitars, dulcimer, autoharp, piano, keyboards, and percussion, and is inspired by murder ballads, doo-wop, angular bebop, Chinese folk, Islamic adhan, and the music of Bernard Herrmann and George Crumb. The show is designed by Christopher Bowser and dramaturged by James Monaco.

For tickets to Ghost Quartet, click here.