Nellie McKay

Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:34pm
Will we ever see her on Broadway again? Maybe as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors?
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:34pm
Please no.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:44pm
Please no to Audrey? Or please no to Nellie altogether?
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 08:48pm
To Nellie. I really can't stand her on stage. Her performance in Threepenny Opera remains one of my most uncomfortable experiences in my 20+ years of seeing theatre.
Reginald Tresilian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/12/08
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 09:01pm
I've only ever seen her in a concert setting--though never an actual Nellie McKay concert; just as a guest performer.

But I thought she was remarkable. I loved the persona and the voice. I have no idea how that might (or might not) transfer to an actual musical.
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 09:04pm
Yah, I should clarify. I have no problem with her when she's doing her concert schtick. She's cute enough. But she can't act her way out of a paper bag.
GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 09:16pm
I was just thinking about her the other day when I saw Threepenny. I saw a bootleg of the 2006 production, and she was an absolutely abysmal Polly.
I leave the room smiling.
Borstalboy
Broadway Legend
joined:2/9/04
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 09:33pm
She returned to the stage just last year in OLD HATS.
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 09:46pm
"She returned to the stage just last year in OLD HATS."

Oh, I didn't realize she performed in that. I just thought she wrote music.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 09:56pm
I thought she was great in THREEPENNY. One of the few bright spots in that otherwise dreadful production (along with Lauper and Dale).

Her style is unique, though, as others have said, and wouldn't work in just any role.
I could actually see her as Sally in CABARET, or Ella in BELLS ARE RINGING.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
Updated On: 4/24/14 at 09:56 PM
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 10:01pm
"Ella in BELLS ARE RINGING."

It's too bad the book of this show is so creaky. I wonder if there could be a rewrite. The Faith Prince revival several years ago just pointed out how dated it is.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
somethingwicked
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/05
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 11:20pm
Sally in CABARET would indeed be a perfect role for her, particularly in the Sam Mendes production.

Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Updated On: 4/24/14 at 11:20 PM
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
Nellie McKay
Posted: 4/24/14 at 11:27pm
She returned to the stage just last year in OLD HATS.

As the vocalist/musician though. She wasn't acting.