NELLIE McKAY

Singer-songwriter, actress, and former stand-up comedian Nellie McKay's music has spanned jazz to rap, and disco to funk. Her latest album is Sister Orchid. 

Nellie McKay is hard to categorize. She’s done Brecht on Broadway, opened for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, sung Woody Allen movie songs at the Hollywood Bowl, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, duetted with Eartha Kitt and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, played Hilary Swank’s sister on the big screen, paid tribute to Doris Day, and released three wildly acclaimed albums of original music.

Nellie's music is as tuneful and clever as the best of the Great American Songbook — part cabaret, part sparkly pop. Her songs are a study in contrasts: some of the moods are dark, but there is also joy and gentleness. Her gift is in mingling the pure pleasure of all kinds and all eras of pop music, twisting the dials, and writing upbeat melodies with subversive undercurrents.

You should know that Nellie McKay is hard to categorize. She’s done Brecht on Broadway, opened for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, sung Woody Allen movie songs at the Hollywood Bowl, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, duetted with Eartha Kitt and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, played Hilary Swank’s sister on the big screen, paid tribute to Doris Day, and released three wildly acclaimed albums of original music.
Nellie's music is as tuneful and clever as the best of the Great American Songbook — part cabaret, part sparkly pop. Her songs are a study in contrasts: some of the moods are dark, but there is also joy and gentleness. Her gift is in mingling the pure pleasure of all kinds and all eras of pop music, twisting the dials, and writing upbeat melodies with subversive undercurrents. 
You should know that Nellie McKay is hard to categorize. She’s done Brecht on Broadway, opened for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, sung Woody Allen movie songs at the Hollywood Bowl, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, duetted with Eartha Kitt and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, played Hilary Swank’s sister on the big screen, paid tribute to Doris Day, and released three wildly acclaimed albums of original music.
Nellie's music is as tuneful and clever as the best of the Great American Songbook — part cabaret, part sparkly pop. Her songs are a study in contrasts: some of the moods are dark, but there is also joy and gentleness. Her gift is in mingling the pure pleasure of all kinds and all eras of pop music, twisting the dials, and writing upbeat melodies with subversive undercurrents. 

Nellie's previous albums include Get Away From My Head, Pretty Little Villagers, Obligatory Pie, Normal as Home: A Tribute to My Day, Sweet  Mobile and Blueberry Reader. 

On Broadway, Nellie's won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera; she also co-created and starred in the award winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats, and has written and produced musical biographies around a compelling gallery of ladies – from environmental pioneer Rachel Carson to the life, conviction, and execution at San Quentin of underdog Barbara Graham, and most recently The Big Molinsky – Considering Joan Rivers, as well as A GIRL NAMED BILL – The Life and Times of Billy Tipton, named one of the Best Concerts of the Year by The New York Times

Nellie‘s big-screen work includes roles in PS I Love You and Downtown Express – she contributed movie music to Rumor Has ItMonster-in-LawGaslandLast Holiday, and Private Life.  In the world of TV her music has been heard on Mad MenBoardwalk EmpireWeedsGrey’s AnatomyNCISNurse Jackie, and SMILF, and she has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David LettermanConanFerguson, & The ViewNellie has made numerous radio appearances on NPR’s Mountain StageA Prairie Home CompanioneTown, and Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz. The Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of her 3rd album, Obligatory Villagers, and her writing has appeared in The OnionInterview, and The New York Times Book Review

Thanks to (McKay), the Great American Songbook has a living, breathing present as well as a glorious past – Boston Globe

…a sly, articulate musician who sounds comfortable in any era – The New York Times

..ambitious, intriguing and clever.. – Billboard

...witty, bright, and gloriously inappropriate. – Theater Mania

..funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented. – The New Yorker

A renegade songwriter with an ultraflexible Great American Songbook sensibility, McKay finds modern resonances everywhere…  – Rolling Stone

 

 

 

 

 

Show Dates & Times:

10/26/18 - Friday

7:30 pm,
Admission: 

$22/Advance, $25/Door.
Advance tickets available at the link below; by calling (207) 594-0070 (M-F, noon - 4pm); or at the box office when the theater is open for shows.

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