Marcovicci Hosts 2004 Nightlife Awards Jan. 12; Buckley Receives Legend of Cabaret Award

News   Marcovicci Hosts 2004 Nightlife Awards Jan. 12; Buckley Receives Legend of Cabaret Award The 2004 Nightlife Awards, which celebrate the best in New York cabaret, jazz and comedy, will be presented Jan. 12 at New York's Town Hall.

Cabaret veteran Andrea Marcovicci will host the 7 PM event, which boasts "no acceptance speeches [but] more than 25 performances." Among those who will perform or present awards include Betty Buckley and her musical director Kenny Werner, this year's Legend of Cabaret winners; Legend of Jazz winner Annie Ross; Nightlife Hall of Fame Inductee Margaret Whiting as well as Alan King, Christine Andreas, David Brown, Helen Gurley Brown, Lea DeLaria, Sandy Duncan, Tovah Felshuh, Tammy Grimes, Jackie Hoffman, Ute Lemper, Seth Rudesky, John Selya, Brian Murray, Douglas Sills, Rue McLanahan, Robert Altman, Judy Gold, Paula West, Greg Giralda and Maureen McGoverrn.

Winners of the 2004 Nightlife Awards were announced by producer Scott Siegel Dec. 22. This year's winners, who are invited to perform at the event, follow:

Cabaret:
Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist in a Major Engagement:
Maureen McGovern
Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist in a Major Engagement:
Steve Ross
Outstanding Duo/Group Cabaret Performance in a Major Engagement:
The Pizzarelli Family
Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist:
Jeanne MacDonald
Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist:
Phillip Officer
Outstanding Cabaret Musical Comedy Performance:
Sharon McNight
Outstanding Cabaret Musical Revue/Group/Variety Performance:
KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler
Outstanding Cabaret Piano Bar Performer:
Jenifer Kruskamp
Unique Cabaret Performance:
Jim Caruso

Comedy:
Outstanding Female Standup Comedian:
Judy Gold
Outstanding Male Standup Comedian:
Greg Giraldo
Outstanding Group Comedy Performance: (3-way tie)
Dannah Feinglass and Paul Scheer (Automatic Vaudeville’s Hilly and Gavin Army Souchet)
Eating It At Luna Lounge
Stella
Unique Comedy Performance:
Demetri Martin

Jazz:
Outstanding Jazz Soloist:
Ornette Coleman
Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance:
Ornette Coleman Quartet
Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist: (tie)
Dianne Reeves
Paula West
Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist:
Allan Harris
Unique Jazz Performance:
Gerald Wilson The Nightlife Awards are judged by members of the New York press, including The New York Observer's Rex Reed and Theatermania.com's Barbara and Scott Siegel. More than one dozen judges took part in the nominating-voting process.

In a statement last season, 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."

Tickets for the Nightlife Awards are priced at $25, $50 and $75 and are available by calling Ticket Master at (212) 307-4100. Town Hall is located in Manhattan at 123 West 43rd Street.

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