Mercy McKay: Compassionate cabaret/pop artist Nellie McKay has displayed impressive musical versatility in her decade-long career
Metro Weekly - almost 5 years
''I often think, 'Where's Rosie when you need her?''' laughs Nellie McKay.
Rosie O'Donnell was nowhere to be found last year, after the New York-based cabaret/pop artist McKay performed a couple workshops of a musical about two gay soldiers during World War II. Yank! A WWII Love Story apparently lacks funding to do a full production. ''I think heterosexual producers are really scared of a gay love story,'' says McKay (pronounced ''ma-KAI''). ''And that's pathetic. I just think they need some gay people with money to step up.''
In conversation, McKay comes across as gentle, smart, eccentric, pensive, funny and compassionate.
(Photo by Rick Gonzalez)
But she's also, apparently, lazy.
''I'm an essentially lazy person,'' says McKay, who was born in England but grew up in various parts of the U.S. raised by her mother. ''I love [making] music, but I'm just not that disciplined.''
''I think I wanted the easy way out,'' she responds when asked i
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