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Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt’s band of musical misfits, Nancy And Beth, to tour

Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt’s punk-showbiz band Nancy And Beth will be singing jazz standards and their covers of George Jones and Gucci Mane’s “I Don’t Love Her” when they tour this spring, the group announced today.

Yes. That’s the same Mullally who plays the martini drinking and pill popping socialite Karen Walker on “Will & Grace.” Mullally also released a CD in 2007 with Supreme Music Program that featured her versions of songs by Ryan Adams, PJ Harvey, and Ray Price.

NANCY AND BETH

Nancy And Beth also includes Datri Bean on keyboards, Joe Berardi on drums, Petra Haden on strings, Sophia Johnson on guitar, and Andrew Pressman on bass.

Also, Mullally will be in charge of all choreography.

Stephanie Hunt, left, and Megan Mullally are musical misfits Nancy And Beth, who will be touring in the spring. Photo: Giles Clement.

SPRING TOUR

The Nancy And Beth tour, which kicks off April 15 in Los Angeles at Largo and will include their debut residency at the famed Café Carlyle in New York City from May 1 to 5, will be in support of Nancy And Beth’s self-titled CD, which was released last year.

ECLECTIC MUSIC

The musical collection defines eclectic with a cover of Wynonna Carr’s stormy blues track “Please Mr. Jailer” coupled with Rufus Wainwright’s “Vibrate,” the Mills Brothers’ “Cab Driver,” Louis Jordan’s “Jack, You’re Dead, and the aforementioned Gucci Mane’s “I Don’t Love Her”

“To have two women performing it — it takes on this whole other timbre,” Mullally told NPR last year.

VINTAGE MUSIC, MODERN SENSIBILITY

Overall,  “We are taking that idea of that old-fashioned entertainment that was so popular back in the day with musicals (like) ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ and we’re bringing it to this band with just a little bit more modern sensibility,” Mullally told Rolling Stone last year. “There’s kind of a wink involved. We’re not taking ourselves completely seriously.”

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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