Liza Minnelli sang "Stormy Weather" at the April 5 MAC Awards at Town Hall in New York City, but it was nothing but sunny skies for winners, including Minnelli, at the annual celebration of the best in cabaret.
Amanda Green, daughter of Adolph Green and Phyllis Newman, and singer songwriter Tom Andersen were winners in two categories. Green won in the Musical Comedy Performer category and for her song, "Every Time a Friend Succeeds," in the Special Musical Material category. Andersen won in the categories of Recording of the Year (for "The Journey") and Male Vocalist.
The 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award went to Barbara Cook and pianist arranger Wally Harper, who performed. Cook also won in the category of Major Female Vocalist.
The 1999 Board of Directors Award went to a plump Minnelli, who joked that it was nice to win this year, when there is so much more of her to appreciate.
The awards are administered by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs. The marquee of performers who sang at the event -- the single largest annual gathering of Manhattan-area cabaret performers -- was particularly bright: Betty Buckley, David Campbell, Cook and Wally Harper, Billy Stritch and Minnelli, Kathie Lee Gifford and John Pizzarelli.
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.
1999 MAC Award winners are indicated with an asterisk:
*Heather Mac Rae
Musical Comedy Performer
*Mary Foster Conklin
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 & Times
*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)
-- By Kenneth Jones