Performers and presenters for the evening, which begins at 7:30 PM, will include Maureen McGovern, Lewis Black, Danny Aiello, Andrea McArdle, Tom Wopat, John McDaniel, Faith Prince, Ron Corning, Joyce Randolph, Julie Wilson, Steven Lutvak, Baby Jane Dexter, Leon Hall, Lina Koutrakos, Steven Brinberg, Patrick DeGennaro, Luba Mason, KT Sullivan, Terese Genecco, Uptown Express and Kristine Zbornik.
As previously announced, the 2008 MAC Awards will honor the Singing Experience founder Linda Amiel Burns (Board of Directors Award), Barnes and Noble "Any Wednesday" series creator Bart Greenberg (Board of Directors Award), comedian Lewis Black (Outstanding Achievement in Comedy) and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Maureen McGovern (Lifetime Achievement Award).
Lennie Watts will direct the 22nd Annual MAC Awards, which will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs.
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."
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill is located in Manhattan at 237 West 42nd Street. Tickets, priced $45-$125 (plus two-drink minimum), are available by calling (212)307-7171 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. The complete list of 22nd Annual MAC Awards nominees follows.
Female Celebrity Artist
Baby Jane Dexter
New York Debut – Female
New York Debut – Male
Vocal Duo or Group
Edd Clark & Sue Matsuki
Karen Mack & Michael Holland Anthony Santelmo, Jr. & Valerie DiLorenzo
The Songs of Joe Iconis
My Friend, The Cat
Rendezvous – An Evening with Piaf, Brel, Aznavour and Friends
Variety Production/Recurring Series
The After Party
Jamie deRoy & Friends
Jim Caruso's Cast Party
New York Sheet Music Society Shows
Piano Bar/Restaurant Singing Entertainer – Male
Piano Bar/Restaurant Singing Entertainer – Female
Piano Bar/Restaurant/Hotel Lounge Instrumentalist
Steven Ray Watkins
Phil Geoffrey Bond
Eric Michael Gillett
"Another Christmas" – words and music by Nicholas Levin
"Close to Heaven" – words and music by Patrick Dwyer
"Friend" – words and music by Patrick DeGennaro
"I Remember" – words by Shaynee Rainbolt and Russell Garcia, music by Russell Garcia
"This Time" – words by Bob Levy, music by Karen Jacobsen
Special Musical Material
"I'm a Real New Yorker" – words by Jay Jeffries, music by John McMahon
"A Moral Quandry" – words and music by Patrick Dwyer
"One Stop Shopping" – words by Dan Page, Michele Page, Sue Matsuki and Gregory Toroian, music by Sue Matsuki and Gregory Toroian
"A Piano Bar Confession" – words and music by David Auxier
"Whacked" – words by Judy Barnett, music by Ted Kooshian
Brandon Cutrell – "Brandon Cutrell"
Terese Genecco – "Drunk With Love"
Marieann Meringolo – "Here's to the Ladies!"
Jonathan Whitton – "Perfect Finite"
Scott Albertson – "Fate Revealed By Design"
Joyce Breach – "Remembering Mabel Mercer – Vol. 3"
John DeMarco – "Pure and Simple"
Linda Kosut – "Long As You're Living"
Barbara Lea – "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?"
Jazz Vocalist – Female
Jazz Vocalist – Male
Major Jazz Vocalist
Jazz Duo or Group
Mary Foster Conklin & George Evans
Jesse Gelber & Kate Manning
The Daryl Kojak Trio
Alex Leonard Duo
The Barry Levitt Trio
Major Stand-Up Comic – Female
Major Stand-Up Comic – Male
Comedy/Improv Duo or Group
Better Than the Machine
Chicago City Limits
The Kinsey Sicks
2 For The Show