Nellie McKay: A GIRL NAMED BILL – The Life and Times of Billy Tipton

Agent: Lori Peters

This is the true story of Billy Tipton, a jazz musician who lived as a man from the time she was 19 until “he” died at age 74 and was discovered to be female.

“One of the Best Concerts of 2014…this singer and pianist put on “A Girl Named Bill,” a revue-with-dialogue about Billy Tipton, the little-known midcentury jazz bandleader, who was assumed to be a man but was discovered at his death to be a woman. Under deceptively ragged humor and a wildly broad repertory illuminating various angles of the story — by Jelly Roll Morton, Yoko Ono, Cindy Walker and Ms. McKay herself — lay a devastating theme: how, and why, to live with secrets.”  – Ben Ratliff, The New York Times 

“Her last two ‘cabaret’ shows I saw have been jaw-dropping. They both completely subverted the genre…Among Ms. McKay’s charms, Mr. Byrne said, “are the ways she playfully mixes what he called a “tragic noir vibe” with her “wicked sense of humor.” – David Byrne 

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“Look under the frothy surface, and “A Girl Named Bill” is a serious exploration of stereotypes and gender identity role playing, all from a feminist perspective.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times 

“…the artistic highlight of the summer… I have long suspected McKay of being a real genius and this engagement proved it in spades…her most lucid, comprehensive, and fully committed portrayal yet…the kind of empathy that only a true artist can muster.”  – David Noh, Gay City News


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