A Look at Dave Malloy’s New A Cappella Musical Octet

Video   A Look at Dave Malloy’s New A Cappella Musical Octet
 
A sneak peek at the newest show from the Great Comet composer, which uses no instruments other than the performers' vocal chops.

Performances are under way at the Signature Theatre for the world premiere of Octet, a new musical from Tony-nominated composer Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812).

Annie Tippe directs a cast made up of Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, Kuhoo Verma, Jonathan Christopher, and Nicole Weiss.

Featuring a score for an a cappella chamber choir and a libretto inspired by Internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, Octet explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st-century technology. Check out highlights from the production in the new video above.

The show, which will officially open May 16, is the Off-Broadway theatre's first-ever musical production. Performances are scheduled through June 16.

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