“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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)