Cabaret Cavalcade: 1998 Back Stage Bistro Award Winners

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The 1998 Back Stage Bistro Awards for excellence in New York cabaret will be presented Monday, March 9, at NYC's The Supper Club.The 33 winners were announced Feb. 12 in Sherry Eaker's Back Stage column.

The 1998 Back Stage Bistro Awards for excellence in New York cabaret will be presented Monday, March 9, at NYC's The Supper Club.The 33 winners were announced Feb. 12 in Sherry Eaker's Back Stage column.

Publisher Eaker, and critics Roy Sander & John Hoglund made the choices and will host the event, which is directed (as it was last year) by Sara Louise Lazarus.

Eaker writes, "The object is not to choose the "best" anything-of-the-year, but to recognize and congratulate the accomplishments of those who have done something special... The Bistro is a one-time honor. If previous winners weren't excluded from consideration each year the awards would be glutted with their names." Only one winner hasn't yet been announced -- that of the recipient of the Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award, to be named at the ceremony.

VOCALIST:
Elena Bennett at Eighty Eight's;
David Campbell at Eighty Eight's and Rainbow & Stars;
Judi Connelli at Eighty Eight's and at The Oak Room at The Algonquin;
Jane A. Johnston at Danny's Skylight Room;
Jeanne MacDonald at Eighty Eight's;
Anne Roberts at Eighty Eight's and The Oak Room at The Algonquin.

SINGER/INSTRUMENTALIST:
Audrey Morris at Eighty Eight's. MUSICAL COMEDY:
"Minimum Wage" at Don't Tell Mama and Upstairs at Rose's Turn (Brian Chenoweth, Sean Harris, Charlie LaGreca, and Jeff LaGreca);
Georgia Osborne at Don't Tell Mama.

MUSICAL REVUE:
Fairy Tales at The Duplex written by Eric Lane Barnes;
Heartbeat It's A Lovebeat! at Don't Tell Mama and The Triad, co-conceived, written, choreographed by and starring Bob Penola, & co-conceived and directed by Jim Dowd.

PERFORMER IN A REVUE:
Rob Maitner in Fairy Tales.

THEME SHOW:
``Mwah! The Dinah Shore Show'' at Eighty Eight's, created and performed by Jeff Macauley;
``The Season'' at The Triad, created & performed by Brady Schwind and Kate Jetmore.

MAJOR ENGAGEMENT:
Mary Cleere Haran in ``Pennies From Heaven'' at The Oak Room at The Algonquin.

IMPERSONATION:
Tommy Femia as Judy Garland at Don't Tell Mama;
Richard Skipper as Carol Channing at Don't Tell Mama and other clubs.

SONGWRITER:
Eric Hansen.

SPECIAL MATERIAL:
``The Dinner Party'' by Steven Lutvak.

DIRECTION:
Mark Cannistraro for Fairy Tales.

MUSICAL DIRECTION:
Jeff Waxman.

COMEDY PERFORMER:
Jim David.

RECORDING:
Joyce Breach for ``This Moment''
Christian Nova for ``Walking Happy.''

SPECIAL AWARD:
Carol Hall for her series of shows at Eighty Eight's
KT Sullivan for honoring the songs of Bart Howard at Rainbow & Stars, and in the live recording of that show, ``In Other Words--The Songs of Bart Howard.''
Bart Howard, for writing the above-mentioned songs.

Those interested in entering or learning about the cabaret field might want to check out a Back Stage seminar titled, "The Elements For Success," to be given March 23 (5:30PM EST) at Don't Tell Mama. Moderated by critics Sander and Hoglund, the chat will feature insights from a club owner, musical director, marketing expert, designer and performer.

And remember: March is Cabaret Month!

-- By David Lefkowitz

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