Cabaret veteran Andrea Marcovicci and On the Town's Lea DeLaria will co-host the event, which is scheduled for Jan. 27 at New York's Town Hall. As of press time, those scheduled to take part in the 8 PM evening include Lewis Black, Liz Callaway, John Cullum, Tovah Feldshuh, Julie Halston, Judy Kuhn, John McDaniel, Donna McKechnie, Donna Murphy, James Naughton, Phylicia Rashad, Sonny Rollins, David Sanborn, Stephen Schwartz, KT Sullivan, Lillias White and Julie Wilson. Jeff Cohen directs.
The awards presentation will include performances from several of the winners, and Living Legend Awards will be presented to famous entertainers in the worlds of cabaret, jazz and comedy. The Nightlife Awards are judged by members of the New York press, including The New York Times' Stephen Holden, The New York Observer's Rex Reed, Variety's Robert L. Daniels, Theatermania.com's Barbara and Scott Siegel and Cabaret Scenes Magazine's Keith Meritz. More than one-dozen judges will take part in the nominating-voting process.
In a statement critic Scott Siegel said, "It is our particular intention to give New York City's nightlife — its clubs and performers — the same importance in the public mindset as Broadway. This is an award that will have immediate credibility and importance because it will be given by the broadest possible spectrum of this city's most influential authorities on cabaret, jazz, and comedy from those who see acts in the big rooms to those who cover the nightlife waterfront."
Co-host Andrea Marcovicci starred on Broadway in the short-lived musical Ambassador and in Frank D. Gilroy's Any Given Day. Her screen credits include roles in "The Front," "Someone to Love," "Jack the Bear," "Who Is Henry Jaglom?," "The Water Engine" and "Trapper John, M.D." It has been the cabaret stage, however, where she has received the most acclaim. The singer-actress has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and in concert halls throughout the world, and she has spent over a decade performing at the Algonquin's Oak Room. Her solo albums are numerous and include "Marcovicci Loves Movies," "What Is Love?," "Just Kern," "December Songs," "New Words," "Live from London" and "Some Other Time."
Lea DeLaria received an Obie and a Theater World Award for her work in the Public Theater's revival of On the Town. She also starred in the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show and the City Center Encores! presentation of Li'l Abner. Her other theatrical credits include Chicago, The Boys From Syracuse, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and As You Like It. An acclaimed stand-up comic, DeLaria is also an accomplished jazz singer, and her first solo recording, "Play It Cool," is available on Warner Bros. Records. Tickets for the Nightlife Awards are priced at $25, $50 and $75 and are available at the Town Hall box office (123 W. 23rd Street) or by calling Ticket Master at (212) 307-4100. VIP tickets, priced at $125, are also available, as well as $50 party-only tickets. VIP and post-show party tickets are available by calling (212) 752-4119 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.