Nellie McKay – “I Want to Live!”
Singer / Songwriter
Nellie McKay Earns Critical Acclaim for “I Want to Live!”
A “Brilliant, Zany Film-Noir Musical Biography” (The New York Times) of Barbara Graham, the Third Woman to Die in the Gas Chamber at San Quentin.
“In a matter of minutes Ms. McKay transports you from heaven into hell. Or is the other way around? She makes both worlds irresistibly seductive.” – The New York Times
“I Want to Live!” a musical death row revue, conjures the life story of “a woman of dubious moral standards…often a guest in seedy bars…”
Inspired by the 1958 movie of the same name, “I Want to Live!” …combines Ms. 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 Stephen Holden for 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.” “Pretty darned unique,” adds Michael Musto of the Village Voice.
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way around? She makes both worlds irresistibly seductive.” – The New York Times