White and the Callaways Are MAC Nominees; Playbill.com to Be Honored

News   White and the Callaways Are MAC Nominees; Playbill.com to Be Honored
 
Tony winner Lillias White (The Life, Fela!), sisters and Tony nominees Liz Callaway (Baby) and Ann Hampton Callaway (Swing!), and veteran singer Marilyn Maye will vie for the Celebrity Artist Award at the The 24th Annual MAC Awards, which will be held May 4 at 7:30 PM at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.
Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway
Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

KT Sullivan, Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys & Dolls), Doreen Montalvo (In the Heights, "One Life to Live") and MAC president Lennie Watts announced the 2010 MAC (The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Awards nominees March 25 at the Lincoln Square Barnes & Noble.

Tony nominee Sharon McNight (Starmites) will host the annual awards ceremony, which will also feature the presentations of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!) and Board of Directors Awards to Peter Leavy (the creator of Cabaret Scenes magazine) and Playbill.com. Board of Directors Awards are given to "people, organizations or publications that have shown extraordinary support to the cabaret community."

The upcoming MAC Awards, which honor the best in cabaret, jazz, and comedy live performances, recordings and songwriting, will be directed by Lennie Watts with musical direction by Tracy Stark. Julie Miller produces.

The nominees 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

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill is located in Manhattan at 237 West 42nd Street. Tickets may be ordered online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/101011. For more information visit www.MACNYC.com.

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