2006 Nightlife Awards Presented at Town Hall Feb. 6

News   2006 Nightlife Awards Presented at Town Hall Feb. 6 The 2006 Nightlife Awards, which celebrate talent in New York City nightclubs, will be presented at Town Hall Feb. 6 at 7 PM. The annual event, which boasts "no acceptance speeches — just pure entertainment," will feature performances by Elaine Stritch, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Eartha Kitt.

Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Brian Stokes Mitchell. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Also appearing will be Nightlife Award winners Freddy Cole, Sandy Stewart, Bill Charlap, Karen Mason, Kristen Schall, Jason Graae and Tom Andersen. Celebrity presenters will include Karen Ziemba, Marin Mazzie, Michael Cerveris, Charles Busch, John Patrick Shanley, William Finn, Judy Gold, Cheryl Benteyne, David Zippel and Lee Roy Reams.

The 2006 Nightlife Awards winners and finalists follow:
Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist in a Major Engagement: Elaine Stritch
(Finalists: Chita Rivera and Rebecca Luker)
Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist in a Major Engagement: Brian Stokes Mitchell
(Finalists: Jack Jones and Michael Feinstein)
Outstanding Duo/Group Cabaret Performance in a Major Engagement: Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap
(Finalists: John Pizzarelli/Bucky Pizzarelli and Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell)
Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist: Karen Mason
(Finalists: Lumirie Tubo and Ludmilla Ilieva)
Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist: Tom Andersen
(Finalists: Colm Reilly and Miles Phillips)
Outstanding Cabaret Musical Comedy/Characterization Performance: Jason Graae
(Finalists: BJ Ward and Jimmy James)
Outstanding Cabaret Revue/Group/Variety Performance: A Little Traveling Music
(Finalists: The Fabulous Pink Flamingoes and The Farley Brothers)
Outstanding Cabaret Piano Bar Performance: A.J. Irvin
(Finalists: Elaine Brier and David Colbert)
Unique Cabaret Performance: Kabarett Kollectif
Outstanding Female Standup Comedian: Kristen Schaali
(Finalists: Judy Gold and Heather Lawless)
Outstanding Male Standup Comedian: Bill Burr
(Finalists: Greg Giraldo and Demetri Martin)
Outstanding Comedy Performance: tie—Creative Nation and TJ & Dave
(Finalist: Andres du Bouchet)
Outstanding Jazz Soloist: Hank Jones
(Finalists: Bill Charlap and Eric Alexander)
Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance: Harry Allen and Joe Cohn Quartet
(Finalists: Lee Konitz Nonet and Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O’Farrill)
Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist: Paula West
(Finalists: Annie Ross and Sheila Jordan)
Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist: Freddy Cole
(Finalists: John Pizzarelli and Allan Harris)

Veteran stage and screen star Eartha Kitt will also receive the Nightlife Legend Award.

In a previous statement, producer Scott Siegel said, "It is our particular intention to give New York City's nightlife — its clubs and performers — the same importance in the public mindset as Broadway. This is an award that will have immediate credibility and importance because it will be given by the broadest possible spectrum of this city's most influential authorities on cabaret, jazz, and comedy from those who see acts in the big rooms to those who cover the nightlife waterfront."

Tickets for the Nightlife Awards — priced $25, $50 and $75 — are available by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Limited tickets to the after-party (an additional $50) are available by contacting siegelentertainment@msn.com or by calling (212) 365-4345. Town Hall is located in Manhattan at 123 West 43rd Street.