The best of New York City cabaret artists will be celebrated 7:30 PM April 1, when The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) presents the 2002 MAC Awards at Town Hall in Manhattan.
Nominations were announced March 1. Among the nominees are Betty Buckley, Karen Mason, Jim Caruso, songwriter Michael Ogborn (known for Baby Case), Craig Rubano, Sam Harris, Carol Woods, Lea DeLaria, Richard Skipper (the Carol Channing wonder), Mario Cantone, Julie Wilson and more. The gala event is open to the public.
MAC will honor master jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The MAC Board of Directors Awards will go to cabaret chanteuse Karen Akers (of Broadway's Nine and Grand Hotel) and the monthly publication "Cabaret Scenes."
MAC Awards producer Barry Levitt and director-choreographer Pamela Sousa (Romance/Romance, A Grand Night for Singing) will helm the star-filled evening, the biggest annual event in the cabaret community — a crossover family including those in the jazz, recording, Broadway, comedy and nightclub worlds.
Among those performing live at historic Town Hall on 43rd Street April 1 will be Chris Calloway, Peter Cincotti, Scott Coulter, Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Gamsu, Debbie Gravitte, Audrey Lavine, Heather MacRae, Donna McKechnie, Mark Nadler, Phillip Officer, Martin Pizzarelli, Craig Rubano, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, and other special guests. Guitarist John Pizzarelli will perform a special tribute to his father and present him with his Lifetime Achievement Award. Also scheduled to present awards are Bill Boggs, John Bucchino, Jim Caruso, Angela La Greca, Margaret Whiting, Julie Wilson, and Jack Wrangler, and more. MAC Award-winning comedian, Ron Poole, will serve as master of ceremonies. D. Jay Bradley is musical director.
Town Hall is at 123 W. 43rd Street. Tickets, ranging $25 $125, can be purchased after March 11 through TicketMaster at (212) 307-4100 or at the Town Hall box office.
Visit the official MAC website at www.MACnyc.com.
The 2002 MAC nominees are:
Klea Blackhurst, Danny's, Jack Rose
Jeanne MacDonald, Bradstan, FireBird, Odette's
Julie Reyburn, FireBird, Judy's
MAJOR FEMALE VOCALIST
Karen Mason, Arci's
Donna McKechnie, Arci's
Julie Wilson, Algonquin, Cinegrill, Plush Room
D.C. Anderson, Don't Tell Mama, High Spirits, Downstairs Cabaret Theatre
Craig Rubano, Laurie Beechman
Marcus Simeone, Danny's, Don't Tell Mama
MAJOR MALE VOCALIST
Jeff Harnar, Laurie Beechman
Sam Harris, Arci's
Phillip Officer, Arci's, Laurie Beechman
FEMALE MUSICAL COMEDY
Leslie Anderson, Judy's
Natalie Blalock, Don't Tell Mama
Joan Crowe, Arci's, Don't Tell Mama
MALE MUSICAL COMEDY
Jim Caruso, Arci's
John Flynn, Don't Tell Mama
Michael Vaccaro, Don't Tell Mama, Judy's
FEMALE JAZZ/POP/R&B VOCALIST
Mary Foster Conklin, Danny's
Natalie Douglas, FireBird
Sue Matsuki, Arci's, Don't Tell Mama, Judy's
MAJOR FEMALE JAZZ/POP/R&B VOCALIST
Lea DeLaria, Joe's Pub
Baby Jane Dexter, Arci's
Carol Woods, Arci's
FEMALE NEW YORK DEBUT
Jeanne Resula, Danny's, Don't Tell Mama
Stacy Sullivan, FireBird, Danny's
Anne Steele, Don't Tell Mama
MALE NEW YORK DEBUT
Rock Albers, Don't Tell Mama
Eric Pickering, Don't Tell Mama, Judy's
Johnny Rodgers, Arci's
FEMALE STAND-UP COMEDY
MALE STAND-UP COMEDY
Paul J. Williams
MAJOR STAND-UP COMEDY
Michael Barbieri, Judy's
Robert Kneeland, Don't Tell Mama
Shawn Moninger, Don't Tell Mama
Lina Koutrakos: Rick Jensen, Sally Mayes, Johnny Rodgers
Erv Raible: Tessa Bell, HeartSong: The Heroes' Concert, Nan Selle Lennie Watts: Karen Mack & Michael Holland, Mark McCombs
Christopher Denny: Kane Alexander, Steven Brinberg, Karen Mason
Dick Gallagher: Eric Michael Gillett, Craig Rubano, Maureen Kelley Stewart
David Maiocco: James Beaman & Goldie Dver, Eric Pickering, Tommy Femia & Christine Pedi, Richard Skipper
Tommy Femia: Judy Garland
Christine Pedi: Multiple Celebrities
Richard Skipper: Carol Channing
Jamie DeRoy & Friends
Late Breaking Stories: Mark Hartman
Poole Party: Ron Poole
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT INSTRUMENTALIST
Bobby Peaco, Don't Tell Mama, Rose's Turn
Jerry Scott, Danny's
Tracy Stark, Don't Tell Mama, Judy's, Rose's Turn
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER
Jennifer Kruskamp, Don't Tell Mama
Trudi Mann, Chez Suzette
Eric Pickering, Don't Tell Mama
John Bucchino, FireBird
Tim Di Pasqua, FireBird, Don't Tell Mama
Rick Jensen, FireBird
The Accidentals, Bottom Line, Don't Tell Mama
Karen Mack & Michael Holland, Don't Tell Mama
Modern Man, Laurie Beechman
REVUE OF THE YEAR
James Beaman & Goldie Dver, Crazy World: Songs of Leslie Bricusse
D. Jay Bradley, D. Jay Bradley's Christmas Show
Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler, Make Your Own Party 2002
SPECIAL PRODUCTION/MUSICAL COMEDY GROUP
Tommy Femia & Christine Pedi, Judy & Liza Live!
Ron Poole & Comapny, The Next Big Broadway Musical
Lennie Watts, Scott Coulter, Heart & Music
FEMALE ARTIST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Natalie Gamsu, Weave
Heather MacRae, Songs For My Father
Sue Matsuki, A New Take
FEMALE MAJOR ARTIST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Betty Buckley, "Stars and the Moon: Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar"
Liz Callaway, "The Beat Goes On"
Karen Mason, "When the Sun Comes Out"
MALE ARTIST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
D.C. Anderson, "All Is Calm, All Is Bright"
Jim Caruso, "Caruso Live and In Person"
Tim Di Pasqua, "Monster Under These Conditions"
Sammy Goldstein, "So Far It's Wonderful"
MALE MAJOR ARTIST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Jeff Harnar, "Sammy Cahn All the Way"
Phillip Officer, "Hoagy On My Mind"
MULTIPLE ARTISTS RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Babbie Green, "Soldiers of the Heart: More Songs of Babbie Green"
Jamie DeRoy & Friends "Tis the Season"
The Lounge-O-Leers, "Now That's What I Call the Lounge-O Leers
SONG OF THE YEAR
"The Boy For Me," music and lyrics by Michael Ogborn
"I Believe," music and lyrics by Ben Moore
"Seventeen on Mars," music by Louis Rosen, lyrics by Thom Bishop & Louis Rosen
"Welcome the Rain," music by Zina Goldrich, lyrics by Marcy Heisler
"The Whole Wide World," music & lyrics by Brett Kristofferson
SPECIAL MATERIAL OF THE YEAR
"The Drinking Song," music by David Maiocco & Michael Conley; lyrics by Michael Conley
"Over-Estimated," music by Curtis Moore; lyrics by Amanda Green
"Where's Shirley," music by John McMahon; lyrics by Jay Jefferies
— By Kenneth Jones