Stars of the cabaret and musical theatre world will be in harmony April 5 at Town Hall in New York City for the MAC Awards, celebrating the best of Manhattan cabaret talent.
Karen Mason, James Naughton, Heather MacRae, Billy Stritch, John Pizzarelli, Kate Clinton, David Campbell, Michael Feinstein and Barbara Cook are among the 100 nominees for the annual MAC Awards, sponsored by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs.
They will be joined celebrity presenters from the cabaret world. Tickets, including those priced at $20, are still available
* Nominations were announced March 3 for the awards honoring cabaret artists in 32 categories in some 50 associated venues. The 13th Annual MAC Awards will be at Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., in Manhattan.
MAC is a trade group with almost 1,200 members promoting awareness and advancing the art and business of live entertainment in New York City's comedy, jazz and cabaret clubs.
The 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Barbara Cook and pianist-arranger Wally Harper. The 1999 Board of Directors Award will be presented to Liza Minnelli. Both Cook and Minnelli are expected to sing.
Among individual nominees are Amanda Green (daughter of Phyllis Newman and Adolph Green) for Musical Comedy Performer; Forbidden Broadway alum Christine Pedi for Female Debut; Harvey Fierstein for Major Musical Comedy Performer; Australian vocalist (and star of February's Babes in Arms by "Encores!") David Campbell, James Naughton and Michael Feinstein (separately) for Major Male Vocalist; Ann Hampton Callaway, Barbara Cook and Karen Mason (separately) for Major Female Vocalist; Carol Hall's "Circle of Friends" for Song of the Year; Marcia Lewis' "Nowadays" for Major Recording of the Year; Steven Brinberg, Tommy Femia and Ruby Rims (separately) for Impersonation/Characterization.
The April 5 MAC Awards, open to the public, is the culmination of "Cabaret Month" in New York City.
Tickets for the MAC Awards are $20, $40 and $100. For tickets, call (212) 307-4100; for information, call (212) 465-2662.
1999 MAC Nominees are:
Heather Mac Rae
Musical Comedy Performer
Mary Foster Conklin
Major Female Vocalist
Ann Hampton Callaway
Major Male Vocalist
Major Pop/R&B Vocalist
Baby Jane Dexter
Vicki Sue Robinson
Major Musical Comedy Performer
Major Female Stand-Up
Major Male Stand-Up
Major Jazz Performer
Jamie deRoy & friends
Julie Halston's New York
The Seth Rudetsky Show
Revue of the Year
The Boswell Sisters: Rhythm on the Rainbow
The Kooky Tunes of Keith Thompson
Make Your Own Party '98: The Songs of Heisler & Goodrich
Rick Crom's Our Life & Tunes
Julie Gold & Julie Halston: Julie Julie Jeff Harnar & KT Sullivan: Two for Tonight Mark Nadler & KT Sullivan: American Rhapsody
Vocal Musical Comedy Group
Scott Barbarino & The Bev Naps
Jenny Burton Experience
Recording of the Year
Tom Andersen: The Journey
Lisa Asher: Let The Mystery Be
Rick Jensen: Spring Harvest
Song of the Year
"Circle of Friends" (Carol Hall)
"Good Night New York" (Julie Gold)
"Out of Love" (Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich)
Piano Bar/Restaurant Entertainer
Karen Miller (Eighty-Eights)
Bobby Peaco (Don't Tell Mama)
Jerry Scott (Judy's)
Jazz/Swing Recording of the Year
Judy Barnett: Swingin'
Susannah McCorkle: Someone to Watch Over Me
Tom Postilio: Dream
Daryl Sherman: A Lady Must Live
Major Recording of the Year
Rosemary Clooney: At Long Last
Marcia Lewis: Nowadays
Maureen McGovern: The Pleasure of His Company
Special Musical Material
"Everytime A Friend Succeeds" (Amanda Green)
"How's Your Little Act?" (D.C. Anderson & Billy Philadelphia)
"There's Nothing I Wouldn't Do" (Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich)
"Shine, Shine, Shine" (Keith Thompson)
In other NYC cabaret news, the Back Stage Bistro Awards were held Mar. 1 at the Supper Club. Winners included Heather Mac Rae, Shequida, Seth Rudetsky and Tom Andersen.
-- By Kenneth Jones