Performances at the McKittrick (home to Sleep No More since 2011) will be staged in a space not being used by Sleep No More from Jan. 8-15, 2015.
Malloy, Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell and Brent Arnold will all reprise their performances, and Annie Tippe will again direct. The musicians will be seated amongst the audience. The immersive work takes audiences through Malloy's tunes track by track; at times, audience members are encouraged to participate in song, whiskey is shared, and the lights go down for a portion told entirely in the dark.
Ghost Quartet is designed by Christopher Bowser, and James Monaco is the production's dramaturg.
A track listing follows: 1. I Don't Know
2. The Camera Shop
5. Usher, Part 1
6. Soldier & Rose
7. Any Kind of Dead Person
8. The Astronomer
9. Four Friends
10. Fathers & Sons
11. Usher, Part 2
12. The Telescope
13. Tango Dancer
14. Lights Out
15. The Photograph
16. Bad Men
17. Usher, Part 3
20. The Wind & Rain
Bushwick Starr and Ghost Quartet presented the production, which played an extended run through Nov. 8. The new song cycle about love, death and whiskey began Oct. 7.
According to press notes, "A camera breaks and four friends drink in four interwoven narratives spanning seven centuries: a warped fairy tale about two sisters, a treehouse 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 (Brittain Ashford and Gelsey Bell) cross paths, sometimes as strangers, sometimes as sisters, sometimes as lovers, sometimes as mother and daughter."
Ghost Quartet is a theatrical presentation of chamber music ensemble Ghost Quartet's self-titled album. The show is staged in the round with the musicians seated amongst the audience, and the piece is scored for four voices, cello, guitars, dulcimer, autoharp, piano, keyboards and percussion.
It is inspired by "murder ballads, doo-wop, angular bebop, Chinese folk, Islamic adhan, and the music of Bernard Herrmann and George Crumb."
Ghost Quartet is written and composed by Malloy and developed and arranged with the ensemble — Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 stars Brittain Ashford and Gelsey Bell, and cellist Brent Arnold. The show is directed by Annie Tippe and designed by the ensemble. James Monaco is the show's dramaturg.
Malloy is a composer, writer, performer and sound designer. He is the winner of two Obie Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award and a Jonathan Larson Grant. His shows include Black Wizard/Blue Wizard; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; All Hands; Three Pianos; Beardo; Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage; The Sewers; Sandwich; Clown Bible; and (The 99-cent) Miss Saigon.
The McKittrick Hotel is located at 542 West 27th Street. For more information and tickets, visit Events.McKittrickHotel.com/GhostQuartet.