Winners of The 14th Annual Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Awards were announced April 9 at a celeb-packed Town Hall in New York City.
MAC Award nominations were announced March 2, honoring scores of singers, vocalists, directors, musical directors, comedians, jazz performers, songwriters and instrumentalists who performed shows, original revues or were heard on recordings in 1999.
The age range of the winners went from 18 (Australian vocalist Tim Draxl) to seventysomething (chanteuse Julie Wilson). As previously announced, entertainment legends Barry Manilow and Bobby Short were honored with the MAC Board of Directors Award and the MAC Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively.
A complete list of nominees, with winners designated by boldface, follows.
Barbara Brussell (88s, Firebird)
Natalie Gamsu (88s, Bradstan, Algonquin)
Jeanne MacDonald (88s, Firebird)
Marilyn Volpe (Arci's Place)
Charles Cermele (88s, Firebird)
Scott Coulter (Don't Tell Mama)
Jack Donahue (88s, Don't Tell Mama, Firebird)
Thomas (Don't Tell Mama)
FEMALE MUSICAL COMEDY
Joan Crowe (Don't Tell Mama)
Amanda Green (Laurie Beechman Theater)
Georga Osborne (Don't Tell Mama, 88s)
Jamie deRoy & friends (Laurie Beechman Theater)
Dream Street Cabaret (Sam's)
Poole Party (Don't Tell Mama)
MAJOR FEMALE VOCALIST
Karen Mason (Arci's Place, Joe's Pub)
Sally Mayes (88s, Firebird)
Julie Wilson (Algonquin)
MAJOR MALE VOCALIST
Michael Feinstein (Feinstein's at The Regency)
Phillip Officer (Laurie Beechman Theater)
Steve Ross (Firebird)
MALE MUSICAL COMEDY
Matt Leahy (Don't Tell Mama)
Mark Nadler (Sardi's)
Michael Vaccaro (Don't Tell Mama)
Paul J. Williams
MAJOR FEMALE STAND-UP COMEDY
MAJOR MALE STAND-UP COMEDY
MAJOR JAZZ PERFORMER
Susannah McCorkle (Algonquin)
Billy Stritch (Joe's Pub, Jazz Standard)
Paula West (Firebird)
The Accidentals (Don't Tell Mama, Btm Ln, Wrld Fnc )
Jenny Burton Experience (Don't Tell Mama, Resorts)
Eastern Standard Time (Judy*s)
The Blonde Leading the Blonde (Hackett & Moberly)
John Bucchino & David Campbell
Rick Jensen & Barbara Fasano
Tessa Bell (Danny's)
Loli Marquez-Sterling (Don't Tell Mama)
Naomi Miller (Don't Tell Mama)
Carolyn Montgomery (Don't Tell Mama, Firebird)
Joyce Breach (Danny's)
Mary Foster Conklin (Don't Tell Mama)
Natalie Douglas (88s)
Eric Comstock (Blue Room)
Rick Jensen (88s, Don't Tell Mama)
Steven Lutvak (Bradstan, Algonquin, Odette's)
Tim Draxl (88s, Don't Tell Mama, Oak Room)
Sean Hayden (Triad)
Go Mahan (Judy*s)
Gregg Rodeheffer (Don't Tell Mama)
James Beaman (Black Market Marlene at 88s, Judy*s)
Steven Brinberg (Simply Barbra at Don't Tell Mama)
Tommy Femia (Judy Garland Live at Don't Tell Mama)
Richard Skipper (Evening w/Carol Channing-Hltn A.C.)
MUSICAL COMEDY GROUP
Scott Barbarino & The Bev Naps
Next Big Broadway Musical
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT ENTERTAINER
Jenifer Kruskamp (Don't Tell Mama)
George Sanders (Don't Tell Mama)
Ruby Rims (Judy*s)
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT PIANIST
MAJOR RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Ann Hampton Callaway: "Easy Living"
Sally Mayes: "The Story Hour"
Julie Wilson: "Julie Wilson Sings The George Gershwin Songbook"
RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Bobby Belfry: "Imperfect Rhymes"
Steven Brinberg: "Simply Barbra"
Charles Cermele: " Ask Me Again"
Frank Anthony D'Agostino: "Moments"
Rick DellaRatta: "Live in Brazil and the Blue Note"
Brian DeLorenzo: "Found Treasures"
Jamie deRoy: "Jamie deRoy & Friends: The Child In Me"
Tim DiPasqua: "Synchronicity"
Stephen Dolginoff: "Journey to the Center of the Earth"
Natalie Douglas: "Not That Different"
Catherine DePuis: "I Hear Music"
David Gurland: "David Gurland"
Greta: "In the Dark of the Night"
Cory Jamison: "Here’s to Hoagy"
Lee Lessack: "I Know You By Heart"
Connie Pachl: "Coming Through"
Peter Rapanaro: "Smile"
Joan Ryan: "Joan Ryan"
Bonnie Lee Sanders: "Seasoned Woman"
Bob Stewart and Hank Jones: "Take Two"
KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler: "American Rhapsody"
Vanessa Vickers: "Contemporary Piano"
REVUE OF THE YEAR
Love Songs & Other Crap: The Songs of Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel (Don't Tell Mama)
Make Your Own Party '99: The Songs of Heisler & Goldrich (Don't Tell Mama, Triad)
Our Sinatra (Algonquin, Blue Angel)
Rick Crom's Our Life & Times 99 (Rose's Turn, Triad)
SONG OF THE YEAR
Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich, "Music of Your Life"
Rick Jensen, "Amanda Sang"
Paul Rolnick, "We Never Ran Out of Love, We Just Ran Out of Time"
COMEDY/SPECIAL MATERIAL OF THE YEAR
Rick Crom, "Denial"
Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich, "The Morning After (Leave!)"
Bob Ost, "A Quiet Little Christmas"
Christopher Denny (David Campbell, Karen Mason, Steven Brinberg)
Ross Patterson (Baby Jane Dexter, Mark Coffin, Teri Lynn Paul)
Alex Rybeck (Faith Prince, Jeff Harnar, Alexandra Haas)
Barry Kleinbort (Karen Mason, Jeff Harnar, Eric Michael Gillett & Melanie Vaughn)
Lina Koutrakos (Confidentially, Cole, Rick Jensen, Patrick DeGennaro)
Lennie Watts (Gregg Rodeheffer, Amy Schmidt, Michael Vaccaro)
Matt Berman (Firebird, Arci's Place)
Bobby Kneeland (Don't Tell Mama)
Shawn Moninger (Don't Tell Mama)
MAC is a trade association of over 1,200 members and 50 clubs that promotes public awareness and advances the art and business of live entertainment in New York City's comedy, jazz and cabaret clubs.
For more information, call the MAC hotline at (212) 465 2662.
-- By Kenneth Jones