Hailed by the New Yorker as “funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented,” Nellie just finished an extended run in the off-Broadway hit “Old Hats” (winner of the Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and Drama Desk award for Outstanding Revue), and has written two acclaimed musical biographies, “Silent Spring: It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature” an exploration of environmental pioneer, Rachel Carson, and “I Want to Live!” the story of Barbara Graham, third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin. “McKay’s virtually unlimited gifts as a singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, ukulele player, mimic, satirist and comedian into a show that is much deeper than its surface might suggest,” writes the New York Times. “In the most lighthearted way they evoke a heartless environment of social injustice in which people who fall through the cracks are invisible to everyone else.”
Nellie produced her critically acclaimed, debut double album “Get Away From Me” with Beatles’ engineer Geoff Emerick, followed by “Pretty Little Head,” “Obligatory Villagers,” “Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day,” (“among the killer overhauls of American standards” – The New York Times), and her latest, “Home Sweet Mobile Home.” She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of “The Threepenny Opera” and performed onscreen in the film “PS I Love You,” as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film “Rumor Has It” and contributing to the New York Times Book Review.
Her music has also been heard on the TV shows “Mad Men,” “Weeds,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS,” “Privileged” and “Nurse Jackie,” and Nellie has appeared on numerous TV shows including “Late Show with David Letterman” (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic), “The View,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Live with Regis & Kelly” and “CBS Saturday Morning.” In 2010, the Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of her third album, “Obligatory Villagers,” while Nellie recently finished contributing to the soundtrack for the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.”
A recipient of The Humane Society’s Doris Day Music Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, Nellie is known as an outspoken and fierce advocate for feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt progressive ideals.
Wits with John Moe
Friday, January 24, 7:30pm, Marine’s Memorial Theater BUY TICKETS
Nellie McKay and Tom Brosseau
Saturday, January 25, 8pm, The Verdi Club BUY TICKETS