“Couching her stiletto wit behind a honeyed smile and beguiling melodic charm, the singer and composer Nellie McKay has been disarming listeners since the release of her wryly titled album “Get Away from Me,” in 2004. Artful subterfuge is still the name of her game: McKay’s skillful tunes and vocal delivery enchant while her lyrics slyly disembowel.” —New Yorker
Nellie McKay has released seven acclaimed albums, won a Theatre World Award for her Broadway portrayal of Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, co-created and starred in the award winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats, and has conceived and performed musical biographies of Barbara Graham, Rachel Carson, Joan Rivers, & Billy Tipton (named one of the Best Concerts of the Year by the The New York Times). Nellie is a featured performer and composer in Ethan Coen’s, A Play Is a Poem, running now through Oct 13 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. More information can be found here. A recipient of PETA’s Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, Nellie is an annoyingly vocal critic of endless war, capitalism, and the two-party system that sustains it.