The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) will present two-time Tony Award nominee Michele Lee with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 31st annual MAC Awards, held March 28 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City.
The 7 PM ceremony is produced by Julie Miller, directed by Lennie Watts, and features musical direction by Tracy Stark.
Lee created the role of Rosemary in the original Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and reprised her performance in the film adaptation. She was Tony-nominated for her performances in Seesaw and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. She has also appeared on Broadway in Wicked, among others. Her cabaret and concert appearances include Feinstein’s at the Regency, Carnegie Hall (with Michael Feinstein), Birdland, 54 Below, The Town Hall (all in NYC), and numerous venues around the country.
Also at the ceremony, Ken Starrett, the North American director of The Noël Coward Society, will receive the 2017 Board of Directors Award; and Joseph Macchia/Cabaret Cares will receive the 2017 Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series Award. Macchia is the founder of Help Is on the Way Today, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2007 that raises and distributes funds to NYC-based organizations that support children and young adults living with HIV/AIDS, particularly, those with little or no medical coverage and/or financial support.
In addition to the above Board-selected honors, awards in over 25 categories, voted on by the MAC membership, will also be presented in an evening that will include performances from many of the award winners.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill is located at 237 W. 42nd Street. Tickets are available at MACNYC.com.