Bay Area Cabaret Presents Nellie McKay, 3/23

Bay Area Cabaret will present the singer, songwriter, and actress Nellie McKay in a special performance with San Francisco's multiple Grammy winning a cappella ensemble, Chanticleer.

In her Venetian Room debut, McKay will perform a sampling of her original songs and with the help of the world-renowned Chanticleer, will take audiences to an earlier era as the two collaborate on familiar and lesser-known jazz titles. This special one-night-only engagement will take place 8pm, Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the historic Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco (950 Mason Street). Tickets ($47 general/$40-45 subscribers) are available at www.bayareacabaret.org or by phone at City Box Office (415) 392-4400.

Nellie McKay quickly gained a large following playing in nightclubs around New York City, and had received several major record label offers before she was 20 years old. In 2004, her debut album Get Away From Me was released to critical acclaim, and hailed as "brave, brash, brilliant, and maybe a little batty" by the Philadelphia Daily News and, "A tour de force from a sly, articulate musician who sounds comfortable in any era," by The New York Times. Musical wanderlust, lyrical playfulness, and a beautiful Blossom Dearie voice characterize McKay's music, which has been heard at Jazz at Lincoln Center, in Lincoln Center's prestigious American Songbook series, on the Broadway stage, and on television (Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, Nurse Jackie, HBO's Boardwalk Empire). Mixing clever and occasionally politicized lyrics with vintage melodies reminiscent of a 1950's jazz lounge, McKay has established a style all her own.

To follow up the highly praised Get Away From Me, McKay released Pretty Little Head in 2006 on her own label, Hungry Mouse. Her sophomore album was called "more confident" and "tighter" by Pitchfork when compared to her debut, and the Los Angeles Times gave a glowing review describing the album as "pop in the broadest sense, embracing cabaret, show tunes, old standards and a bit of 70's rock in the vein of Elton John and Cyndi Lauper." That same year McKay made her Broadway debut as "Polly Peachum" in The Threepenny Opera giving a performance that The New York Times declared "brave" and "carefully thought-out" and that earned her the Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance. In 2009, McKay solidified her retro image with the release of Normal as Blueberry Pie, a tribute album that pays homage to one of her lifelong idols, Doris Day. At New York's Signature Theatre next month, McKay will be featured in Bill Irwin and David Shiner's piece Old Hats, for which she wrote the music.



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