Dave Malloy's acclaimed chamber musical Ghost Quartet will receive its Australian premiere this August in a production from Melbourne-based company Antipodes Theatre Company. With direction by ATC Artistic Director Brandon Pape, performances will run August 14–23 in Melbourne's Gasworks Arts Park Studio.
Ghost Quartet, Malloy's song cycle about love, death, and whiskey, played extended and acclaimed engagements at the Bushwick Starr and the McKittrick Hotel in New York in 2015. The musical is a theatrical presentation of chamber music ensemble Ghost Quartet's self-titled album, with a score for four voices, cello, guitars, dulcimer, autoharp, piano, keyboards, and percussion.
The Australian cast will be made up of actor-musicians David Butler, Melissa David, Patrick Schnur, and Willow Sizer.
The production will be designed by Pape with musical direction by Butler, movement direction by Madison Lee, lighting by Adelaide Harney, production management by Kristy Griffin, stage management by Jackie Mates and Diane Pereira, and graphic design by Julian Leon.
Ghost Quartet was developed with support from Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Bushwick Starr.
Malloy is a Tony-nominated composer, writer, and performer whose critically acclaimed electro-pop opera, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, premiered on Broadway in 2016. His latest show, the a cappella musical Octet, continues its acclaimed and extended run at the Signature Off-Broadway.