23rd Annual MAC Awards Presented at BB Kings Blues Club May 18

News   23rd Annual MAC Awards Presented at BB Kings Blues Club May 18 The 23rd annual MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Awards are presented at BB King Blues Club May 18. Stage and screen veteran Polly Bergen will be honored with the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Polly Bergen
Polly Bergen

Andrea Marcovicci and Nancy Witter co-host the 7:30 PM ceremony that boasts performances from Bergen as well as Klea Blackhurst, Tyne Daly, Karen Mason, Marilyn Maye, John McDaniel, Rex Reed, Steve Ross and Julie Wilson. Lennie Watts directs.

The evening also features appearances from John Bucchino, Brandon Cutrell, Jamie deRoy, Tony DeSare, Jenna Esposito, Tommy Femia, The Fabulous Pink Flamingos, Eric Michael Gillett, Tanya Holt, Lina Koutrakos, Angela LaGreca, Barry Levitt, Lorinda Lisitza, Sidney Myer, Georga Osborne, Christine Pedi, Poor Baby Bree, Ricky Ritzel, Spider Saloff and Anne Steele.

The MAC Awards are also slated to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of Motown, with a special performance featuring Michael Winther, Raissa Katona Bennett, Jenna Esposito, Terese Genecco, Julie Reyburn, Marcus Simeone, Kim Smith and Jonathan Whitton.

The 2009 MAC Award nominees follow:

Celebrity Artist
Karen Mason
Marilyn Maye
Chita Rivera
KT Sullivan Major Artist
Klea Blackhurst & Billy Stritch
Baby Jane Dexter
Eric Michael Gillett
Christine Pedi

Female Vocalist
Jenna Esposito
Terese Genecco
Raissa Katona Bennett
Julie Reyburn

Male Vocalist
Marcus Simeone
Kim Smith
Jonathan Whitton
Michael Winther

Debut Female
Deb Berman
Christina Bianco
Cait Doyle

Debut Male
Ben Cherry
Kevin Dozier
Stearns Matthews

Musical Comedy Performer/Duo/Group
Booth & Pat
Hedda Lettuce
Shawn Ryan

Vocal Duo/Group
David Gurland & Brian Farley
Karen Oberlin & Miles Phillips
Uptown Express

Revue/Special Production
Metro Star
Nashville
What's the Point?

Variety/Recurring
Cabaret Cares
Grace Notes: Singer's Soiree
Jamie deRoy & Friends

Open Mic
After Party
Algonquin Salon
Jim Caruso's Cast Party

Female Piano Bar/Restaurant Entertainer
Maria Gentile
Tracy Reynolds
Anne Steele

Male Piano Bar/Restaurant Entertainer
Bobby Belfry
Eric Pickering
George Sanders

Piano Bar/Restaurant Instrumentalist
Michael Isaacs
Joe Regan
Tracy Stark

Musical Director
Daryl Kojak
Don Rebic
Tracy Stark

Director
Phil Geoffrey Bond
Eric Michael Gillett
Miles Phillips
Lennie Watts

Technical Director
Michael Barbieri
David Colbert
JP Perraux

Jazz Male Vocal
Scot Albertson
Jack Donahue
Peter Eldridge
Tony Middleton
Julian Yeo-Tony

Jazz Female Vocal
Laura Hull
Laurie Krauz
Shaynee Rainbolt
Jane Scheckter
Alysha Umphress

Jazz Duo/Singer/Instrumentalist
Champion Fulton
Russ Kassoff
Kathleen Landis
Alex Leonard Duo
Daryl Sherman

Major Male Stand-Up
Mario Cantone
Jim Gaffigan
Greg Giraldo
Tom Papa
Louis Ramey

Major Female Stand-Up
Susie Essman
Jackie Hoffman
Jessica Kirson
Lynne Koplitz

Female Stand-Up
Dena Blizzard
Michelle Buteau
Mary Dimino
Ophira Eisenberg
Maureen Langan

Male Stand-Up
Wali Collins
Joe Devito
Joe DeRosa
Kyle Grooms
Rick Younger

Improv/Comedy Club
Chicago City Limits
Calgary Whalers
Comedy Sportz

Recording
"Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall"
"Barry Lloyd Live"
"Karen Mason: Right Here, Right Now"
"Stardust & Swing" (Todd Murray)
"It's a Small Town" (Stacy Sullivan)
"Walk Like a Man" (Uptown Express)

Jazz Recording
"Something Still Cool" (Elli Fordyce)
"A Song About Forever" (The Kurt Weill Project)
"Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt Sings Russell Garcia"
"Cole Porter Live at Maxim's" (Spider Saloff)
"Unusual Passage" (Julian Yeo)

Song
"Running" (Adam Gwon)
"Change In Me" (Carol Hall)
"Come Home" (Mark Janas & Peter Napolitano)
"Right Here, Right Now" (Paul Rolnick & Jim Papoulis)
"Living Without Love" (Jason Wynn)

Special Material
"This Is My Birthday" (Carol Hall)
"Leaky Ceiling" (Sharon Kenny)
"The Olives of Regret" (Nicholas Levin)
"The Mess" (Ryan Scott Oliver)
"You May Have A Problem" (Dan Page, John Domurad & Michael Page)

In addition to the competitive awards, Joey Reynolds and Myra Chanin, as well as Eva Swann and Vocal Ease will receive the Board of Directors Awards. The Time Out New York Award will be presented to Poor Baby Bree.

For further information, visit MACNYC.

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The MAC Awards, according to the official MAC website, are presented annually to "honor achievements in Cabaret, Comedy, and Jazz. The Awards encompass more that two dozen categories such as: vocalists and vocal groups, piano bar and jazz performers, comedy and musical performers, writers of songs and special material, directors, musical directors, recordings, and more. In addition, through special awards, MAC salutes outstanding contributions to the field of live entertainment."

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