May, Steele, Coris, Dexter and More Win MAC Awards

News   May, Steele, Coris, Dexter and More Win MAC Awards The 24th Annual MAC Awards, which honor the best in cabaret, jazz, comedy live performances, recordings and songwriting, were presented May 4 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams

Sharon McNight hosted the evening. Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Leslie Uggams, who performed. Other special honorees of the evening were Peter Leavy (Board of Directors Award, presented by KT Sullivan), Playbill.com (Board of Directors Award, presented by Karen Mason), Angela Shultz (Hanson Award, presented by Lennie Watts) and Brandon Cutrell (Time Out New York Award, presented by Adam Feldman). (Board of Directors Awards are given to "people, organizations or publications that have shown extraordinary support to the cabaret community.")

The 24th Annual MAC Awards Show was produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts; Tracy Stark was musical director.

The nominees (with winners in bold and preceded by an asterisk) for the 24th Annual MAC Awards follow:

FEMALE VOCALIST
Cynthia Crane
Jenna Esposito
Sue Matsuki
Karen Oberlin
*Anne Steele MALE VOCALIST
*Hector Coris
Rob Langeder
Kim Smith

JAZZ VOCALIST
*Mary Foster Conklin
Tony Middleton
Shaynee Rainbolt
Jane Scheckter

MAJOR ARTIST
Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano
*Baby Jane Dexter
Terese Genecco
Eric Michael Gillett

NEW YORK DEBUT - FEMALE
Michelle Collier
Kathleen France
*Danielle Grabianowski
Nesha Ward

NEW YORK DEBUT - MALE
*Tom Rocco
Jaron Vesely
Joshua Warr

CELEBRITY ARTIST
Ann Hampton Callaway
Liz Callaway
*Marilyn Maye
Lillias White

STAND-UP COMIC - MALE
*Danny Cohen
Joe DeVito
Joe Matarese

STAND-UP COMIC - FEMALE
Jane Condon
*Mary Dimino
Jodie Wasserman

MUSICAL COMEDY
Cait Doyle
Joan Jaffe
*Gretchen Reinhagen

VOCAL DUO/GROUP
The Accidentals
*Marquee Five
Uptown Express

SPECIAL PRODUCTION
"Closing Notice" Series
The Disney Diaries
Metrostar Talent Challenge
*Ricky Ritzel Has Hysterical Blondness

VARIETY PRODUCTION/RECURRING SERIES
Cabaret Cares
Concerts at Tudor City Greens
*Wednesday Night at the Iguana

OPEN MIC
The After Party
*Algonquin Salon, Oak Room Salon, Salon
MetroJam

HOST - VARIETY SHOW/SERIES OR OPEN MIC
Jenna Esposito, MetroJam
Mark Janas, Algonquin Salon, Oak Room Salon, Salon
*Dana Lorge and Richard Skipper, Wednesday Night at the Iguana

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER
Maria Gentile
Eric Pickering
George Sanders
*Anne Steele

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT/HOTEL LOUNGE INSTRUMENTALIST
Nate Buccieri
Joe Regan
*Jerry Scott

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Michael Barbieri
David Colbert
Randy Lester
*Jean-Pierre Perreaux

DIRECTOR
Eric Michael Gillett
Barry Kleinbort
Peter Napolitano
*Lennie Watts

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Mark Janas
Barry Levitt
Alex Rybeck
*Tracy Stark
Steven Ray Watkins

MAJOR RECORDING
Ann Hampton Callaway, "At Last"
Liz Callaway, "Passage of Time"
*Daryl Sherman, "Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute"

RECORDING
Jenna Esposito, "To Connie . . . Love Jenna: Jenna Esposito Sings Connie Francis"
Elli Fordyce, "Songs Spun of Gold"
"Grace Notes: Hope and Humor in Hard Times," Grace Cosgrove and guest artists
*Susan Winter, "Love Rolls On . . . Live!"
Julian Yeo, "Deep Purple Dreams"

SONG
"All Together, All Alone," Music and lyrics by Drew Fomarola
"Don't Say Another Word," Music by Joshua Salzman, Lyrics by Ryan Cunningham
"Finding Beauty," Music and lyrics by Ann Hampton Callaway
"Say Hello," Music by Matthew Ward, Lyrics by Peter Napolitano
*"Things That Haunt Me," Music and lyrics by Brett Kristofferson
"This Time, Music" by Tracy Stark, Lyrics by Michael David Quinn
"Union Square," Music and lyrics by Gaby Alter

SPECIAL MUSICAL MATERIAL
"An Artificial Tree," Music and lyrics by Nicholas Levin
*"Identity Theft," Music and lyrics by Ray Jessel
"The Sacrifice Of Love," Music and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen
"Two Again," Music and lyrics by Richard Eisenberg
"Understudy Blues," Music by Brian Cimmet, Lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz

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