Betty Buckley, Karen Mason Among 2006 MAC Award Winners

News   Betty Buckley, Karen Mason Among 2006 MAC Award Winners The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs' 20th Annual Awards Show was held April 17 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Singer-actress Karen Mason.
Singer-actress Karen Mason.

Tony Award winner Betty Buckley was among the evening's honorees. The Broadway actress who regularly performs in cabarets around the country, received MAC's Lifetime Achievement Award. Lifetime Achievement Awards were also given to Mabel Mercer Foundation founder Donald Smith, jazz legend Sheila Jordan and Clark Terry. Phoebe Snow and Judy Gold received MAC's Board of Directors Awards. The Time Out NY Award was bestowed upon Creation Nation, and Miles Phillips received the Hanson Award.

The annual MAC Awards honor achievement in cabaret, comedy and jazz in Manhattan.

The complete list of 2006 MAC Award winners follows (winners' names are in bold with an asterisk):

Female Vocalist
Lisa Asher
Jeanne MacDonald
Heather Sullivan
*Diana Templeton
Lumiri Tubo

Male Vocalist
*Colm Reilly
Craig Rubano
Marcus Simeone New York Debut – Female
Suzanne Fiore
Terese Genecco
Rosalyn McClore
*Alisa Schiff

New York Debut – Male
Jasper Kump
*Matt Sigl
Evan Stern

Major Engagement
Barbara Brussell
*Karen Mason
Sharon McNight

Cabaret Comedy / Musical Comedy
The Farley Brothers
Kate Pazakis
Adrianne Tolsch
*Nancy Witter

Impersonation
Tommy Femia (Judy Garland)
Jimmy James (various divas)
*Rick Skye (Liza Minnelli)

Variety Production/Recurring Series
Cabaret Cares (BC/EFA benefit series and gala)
*Julie Gold (Fridays at the 'Plex)
Mostly Sondheim (hosted by Brandon Cutrell)

Revue
*A Marvelous Party for Noël Coward
Mercer at the Movies
We Miss Nancy: The Storefront Sings LaMott

Special Production / Vocal Duo or Group
Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano: "Autumn Leaves"
*Sue Matsuki and Gregory Toroian: "10 Years in the Making"
Jane Scheckter and Adam James: "Let's Du-et!"

Piano Bar/Restaurant Singing Entertainer
Leslie Anderson
*Colm Reilly
Terri White

Piano Bar/Restaurant/Hotel Lounge Instrumentalist
*Ricky Ritzel
Jerry Scott
Tracy Stark

Director
Collette Black
*Phil Geoffrey Bond
Ron Poole

Technical Director
Michael Barbieri
Thomas Honeck
*Shane Mathews

Musical Director
*Rick Jensen
Lanny Meyers
Ricky Ritzel

Song
"Ev'ry Breath And Thought" — music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Bill Russell
"Hamlet Lost" — music by Ted Kooshian, lyrics by Judy Barnett
*"The Party Upstairs" — music by Ronny Whyte, lyrics by Francesca Blumenthal
"Sing You To Sleep" — music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak
"Warm As Winter" — music and lyrics by Nicholas Levin

Special Musical Material
"Dumped" — music and lyrics by Ritt Henn
*"I Think About Sex" — music and lyrics by Ray Jessel
"Wipe That Egg Off Your Face" — music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Bill Russell

Recording
Klea Blackhurst… "Autumn In New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway"
Barbara Brussell… "Lerner In Love"
Jeff Harnar… "Dancing In The Dark"
*Lee Lessack… "In Good Company"
Karen Mason… "Sweetest Of Nights"

Jazz Recording
Bill Charlap… "Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul"
Dave Douglas… "Keystone"
Charles Hayden & The Music Liberation Orchestra… "Not In Our Name"
Joe Lovano… "Joyous Ensemble"
*Sonny Rollins… "Without A Song: The 911 Concert"

Jazz Pianist
Benny Green
*Fred Hersch
Mike LeDonne
Eric Reed
Renee Rosnes

Jazz Instrumentalist
Anat Cohen
Joel Frahm
*Wycliff Gordon
Ingrid Jensen
Ted Nash

Jazz Duo/Group
Bill Charlap Trio
*The Frank & Joe Show
David Ostwald & The Gully Low Band
Charles Tolliver Orchestra
Ray Baretto Sextet

Female Jazz Vocalist
*Karrin Allyson
Carolyn Leonhart
Carmen Lundy
Kate McGary
Kendra Shank

Male Jazz Vocalist
*Andy Bey
Freddy Cole
Kurt Elling
Allan Harris
Sachal Vasandani

Male Stand-Up Comic
Mike Birbiglia
*Bill Burr
Eugene Mirman

Female Stand-Up Comic
Judy Gold
*Jessica Kirson
Kristen Schaal

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