Callaway nabbed two awards: Her newest CD, "Slow," was voted Best Recording of the Year, and her song, "My Answered Prayer," was named Song of the Year. Mason received her MAC for Best Major Engagement.
The awards, which honor the best in New York cabaret, comedy and jazz, also presented special nods to Mario Cantone (MAC Board of Directors Award for Comedy), Keely Smith (Lifetime Achievement Award), Kenny Barron and George Coleman (MAC Board of Directors Award for Jazz) and cabaret newcomer Maude Maggart (Time Out New York MAC Award). The latter was also won a MAC Award for New York Debut-Female.
Directed by Peter Flynn, the annual awards included appearances and/or performances by The Accidentals, Kenny Barron, Ann Hampton Callaway, Kim Cea, George Coleman, Chip Deffaa, Andre de Shields, Eric Michael Gillett, La Tanya Hall, Hilary Kole, Lina Koutrakos, Jeanne MacDonald, Maude Maggart, Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Karen Mason, Mark Nadler, Ron Poole, Marcus Simeone, Keely Smith, Ty Stephens, KT Sullivan, Jon Weber, Nancy Witter, the cast of Singing Astaire and Spamalot's Sara Ramirez. Sidney Myer, Ron Poole and Richard Skipper were the evening's Masters of Ceremonies. D.J. Bradley served as musical director.
The complete list of 2005 MAC Award winners (with winners names in bold) follows:
Anthony Santelmo Jr.
Steve Ray Watkins New York Debut - Female
New York Debut - Male
Steven Garrett Wright
Steven Brinberg (Barbra Streisand)
Tommy Femia (Judy Garland)
Chuck Sweeney (Peggy Lee)
Musical Comedy Performer
Vocal Or Musical Comedy Duo/Group
Marcus Simeone & Eva Ladas
The Next Big Broadway Musical
3 Tenors in Search of an Act
The Johnny Mercer Birthday Show
Variety Production/Recurring Series or Special Production
Gashole: The Talk Show, Gashole: The Tonyshow
Piano Bar/Restaurant Entertainer
Piano Bar/Restaurant Instrumentalist
Phil Geoffrey Bond
Recording of the Year
John Bucchino, "On Richard Rodgers' Piano"
Ann Hampton Callaway, "Slow"
Ricky Ritzel & Leslie Anderson, "Cool, Cool, Cool - Songs of Johnny Mercer"
Song of the Year
Nancy Baxter & Paul Stephan, "Elusive"
Bonnie Lee Sanders, Joel Diamond and Mila, "Friends (Laisse Moi T'Aimer)"
Marie Gentile and Caren Cole, "I'd Rather Never Know"
Ann Hampton Callaway, "My Answered Prayer"
Michael Ogborn, "Ou Apres La Guerre"
Special Musical Material of the Year
Ann Hampton Callaway, "Here Come the Callaways"
Fred Barton, "I Can Be an Icon Too"
Mary Liz Mcnamara, "I Love You Sweetheart"
Peter Lurye and Peter Yawitz, "Not Good Enough"
Ray Jessel, "The Short Term Memory Loss Blues"
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