The annual awards ceremony, which boasts no acceptance speeches, just performances, celebrates the best in New York cabaret, comedy and jazz. In addition to the winners — who will all perform — the 7 PM evening will also feature the previously announced Bill Charlap and Sandy Stewart, Lari White, Hilary Kole, Charles Busch, Lucie Arnaz, Julie Halston and Tony Award winners Bill Irwin and Joanna Gleason. Bruce Vilanch will host; Carl Andress directs.
Newcomers to the annual event include R&B singer Phoebe Snow, stage and screen star Sandy Duncan, award-winning comedian John Mulaney and jazz performer Anat Cohen.
In a statement Nightlife Awards creator-host Scott Siegel said, "The remarkable aspect about The Nightlife Awards is the incredible diversity of talent we get on the stage. Not only does the audience get the extraordinary experience of witnessing New York's best comedians, jazz artists and cabaret stars all on one stage, in one night, the stars themselves, back stage, regularly comment on the stunning variety of talent of which they are a part."
The complete list of winners of the 2008 Nightlife Awards follows:
Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist in a Major Engagement: Marilyn Maye Outstanding Cabaret Duo or Group in a Major Engagement: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey
Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist: Barb Jungr
Outstanding Cabaret Comedy or Characterization: Christine Pedi
Outstanding Cabaret Duo or Group: Modern Man
Outstanding Piano Bar Entertainer: Natalie Douglas
Outstanding Jazz Vocalist in a Major Engagement: Carol Sloane
Outstanding Jazz Vocalist: Allan Harris
Outstanding Jazz Soloist: Hank Jones
Outstanding Jazz Combo: Anat Cohen and the Anzic Orchestra
Outstanding Comedian in a Major Engagement: Louis Ck
Outstanding Comedian: John Mulaney
Outstanding Comic Duo or Group: Flight of the Conchords
Town Hall is located in Manhattan at 123 West 43rd Street. For tickets, priced $25-$75, call (212) 307-4100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.