the australian premiere of


music, lyrics, and text by dave malloy

(Creator of the Hit Broadway Musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812)

14-23 august 2019

gasworks arts park

21 Graham St, Albert Park VIC 3206

a musical to die for.

Critic’s Pick...Rapturous…this happily haunted song cycle uses languages as varied as gospel, folk ballads, honky-tonk anthems of heartbreak, electropop, doo-wop and jazz à la Thelonious Monk...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.
— The New York Times
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.
— Time Out New York

Ghost Quartet is a show about love, death and whiskey.

A camera breaks and four musicians drink as they unravel 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 Allan 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.

Inspired by source material as diverse as Arabian Nights and the television series The Twilight Zone, you won’t want to miss this spirited modern musical where nothing is as it seems.


creative team

Directed and Designed by BRANDON PAPE (Artistic Director, Antipodes Theatre Company)
Musical Direction by DAVID BUTLER (Green Room Award Nominee, Falsettos)
Musical Staging by MADISON LEE (Sydney Theatre Award Nominee, The Wild Party)
Production Manager KRISTY GRIFFIN

Full creative team will be announced soon!