The New Yorker: Nellie Mckay “I Want to Live!”

June 30: Nellie McKay continues to expand her creative vision with her latest offering, “I Want to Live!,” a dreamlike musical reconstruction of the 1958 Susan Hayward film about the death-row inmate Barbara Graham. Part B movie, part seedy cabaret act, part existential meditation, and all musical exploration, McKay and an excellent band mix some original tunes, some period tunes, and some wildly anachronistic ones—Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and Lennon’s “I’m So Tired” are particularly effective—to create a brilliant piece of theatre.

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