STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Despite their ordinary name, the band “Nancy And Beth” are Megan Mullally and actress and writer Stephanie Hunt (“Friday Night Lights,” 2012’s “Somebody Up There Likes Me”).
“I met Stephanie in 2011. We were doing an indie movie together. We recorded the record at least a year and a half ago,” said Mullally, the actress who played Karen Walker in the sitcom “Will & Grace,” as well as Barb Fleming in the movie “Why Him?”
Despite being 30 years apart in age, the two instantly hit it off (a “psychic connection” Mullally called it), agreed via email that calling themselves “Nancy And Beth” (with a capital A, yet) would be cool, formed the band and even played some shows. But in 2014 Nancy And Beth got put on hold. Mullally, who was also a member of the band Supreme Music Program, had to concentrate her energy on a series that was being shot in London.
With their eclectic debut album “Nancy And Beth” now completed and released, the band will play World Cafe Live Philadelphia on April 11. “We have this enigmatic quality … and I want that music to expand on that. It’s not meant to be salacious — it’s just human beings on the planet,” Mullally said.
Mullally directed the video for their cover of Wynonna Carr’s “Please Mr. Jailer.”
“This band is a crowdpleaser. That’s what’s so nice about it. We’re very much ourselves on stage,” Mullally said. Although she said Nancy And Beth are not a comedy band, there’s ample humor in their onstage choreography, the song selections and the song order, she said.
As for the revival of “Will & Grace,” in which Mullally will reprise her role as Grace Adler’s alcoholic friend, the new episodes are still in the writing phase. The latest news Mullally had was that shooting will probably commence in August to have something for the fall TV season. “It’s literally unprecedented,” she said, commenting that there was no reason to believe that a show that went off the air in 2006 would ever come back.
The cast appeared in a 10-minute YouTube video encouraging participation in the 2016 election.
“Network is getting hipper now. Even if it’s not improvisation, it seems improvised,” said Mullally, who appeared in an episode of CBS’s “Life in Pieces” last year with her husband, Nick Offerman.