MAC Awards Presented May 10; Karen Mason, Sharon McNight Among Nominees

By Andrew Gans
10 May 2011

Karen Mason
Karen Mason

The 25th Annual MAC Awards, which honor the best in the New York cabaret scene, will be presented May 10 at 7:30 PM at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Lennie Watts directs the evening with musical direction by Steven Ray Watkins; Christine Pedi hosts.

Scheduled to appear as performers and presenters are Jane Monheit, Johnny Rodgers, Uptown Express, Natalie Douglas, Sharon McNight, Julie Gold, Klea Blackhurst, Nellie McKay, Baby Jane Dexter, Tommy Femia, Judy Barnett, Ricky Ritzel, Bobby Peaco, Rick Jensen, Ritt Henn, Lorinda Lisitza, Karen Mack, Sue Matsuki, Miles Phillips, Danielle Grabianowski, Ben Cherry, Daryl Glenn, Bradshaw Smith, Helen Baldassare, Jay Rogers, Lina Koutrakos, Barry Kleinbort, Ruby Rims, Jamie deRoy and Scott Barnes.

In honor of the silver anniversary of the MAC Awards, MAC, according to press notes, will shine its spotlight on "our wonderful and talented community of performers, clubs, members and people behind the scenes who make the magic happen each night." MAC will commemorate 25 years of award winners throughout the show.

The evening's special honorees are Annie Ross, who will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award; George Sanders, who will receive the Board of Directors Award; and Marianne Challis, who will receive the Hanson Award.



The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs announced nominees for the 2011 MAC Awards March 30; nominees follow:

FEMALE VOCALIST

Deb Berman, All in Good Time
Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama

Carole J. Bufford, Carole J. Bufford Sings Randy Newman; intro; A Christmas Carol…with an E!
Don't Tell Mama, Metropolitan Room, Urban Stages

Jackie Fornatale, Get Ready – Jackie Fornatale Sings Motown
Don't Tell Mama, Laurie Beechman

Gretchen Reinhagen, Gretchen Sings Janis Joplin's "Pearl"
Don't Tell Mama

Sarah Rice, Screen Gems: Songs of Old Hollywood
Laurie Beechman

MALE VOCALIST

Kevin Dozier, Take Me to the World
Feinstein's, Laurie Beechman, Don't Tell Mama

Stearns Matthews, this will be…; I'll Be Stearns for Christmas
Laurie Beechman

Tony Middleton, Memories of Nat; untitled shows
Kitano, Iridium, La Mediterranée, Black Duck

Todd Murray, Croon
Feinstein's, Metropolitan Room

MAJOR ARTIST

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, This Thing Called Love; Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano in Concert
Oak Room at the Algonquin, The Royal Room at the Colony (Palm Beach), Cooperstown Music Festival, El Morro Theater (Gallup, NM), Café Sabarsky

Eric Michael Gillett, Hooray for Love: Gillett Sings Arlen
Laurie Beechman, Feinstein's

Karen Oberlin, Heart & Soul – A Centenary Celebration of Frank Loesser; A Wish: Songs of Hope, Heart and Humor for the New Year
Oak Room at the Algonquin, The Royal Room at the Colony (Palm Beach); Feinstein's

Julie Reyburn, Live at Feinstein's; Summer Night; So Many People…a Sondheim Show
Feinstein's, Laurie Beechman, Urban Stages

CELEBRITY ARTIST

Karen Mason, Karen Mason in Concert 2010
Metropolitan Room, Iridium, Backstage Dopo Teatro, Ryles Jazz Club (Boston), Drake Hotel (San Francisco), Metropolis (Chicago)

Marilyn Maye, Her Own Kind of Broadway; The Merriest; In Love Again
Metropolitan Room, Feinstein's

Sharon McNight, The First 30 Years: From Moose Hall to Carnegie Hall
Metropolitan Room; Yale Cabaret Series

KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler, Gershwin…Here to Stay
Oak Room at the Algonquin

NEW YORK DEBUT – FEMALE

Liz Lark Brown, Tarnished
Metropolitan Room

Kim Grogg, Kim Grogg Sings Dusty Springfield: Stay Awhile; Kim Grogg is Feelin' Groovy
Don't Tell Mama

Nikki MacCallum, Matchmaker Matchmaker I'm Willing to Settle! A Musical Guide to Internet Dating
Laurie Beechman, Duplex

NEW YORK DEBUT – MALE

Cornelius Bates, My Brazilian Romance – A Tribute to the Music from Brazil
Metropolitan Room

Sean Harkness
Metropolitan Room, Top of the Rock

Eddie Peterson, Greetings from America – The Songs of Randy Newman
Don't Tell Mama

COMEDY / MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER – FEMALE

Mary Dimino
Broadway Comedy Club, Don't Tell Mama, Stand-Up New York

Colleen McHugh, Calendar Girl
Duplex

Amy Wolk, Amy Wolk Sings Divine Madness
Don't Tell Mama

COMEDY / MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER – MALE

Adelmo Guidarelli, Operation Adelmo – The Clown Prince of Opera; The Adelmo Guidarelli Christmas Special
Duplex, Don't Tell Mama, Triad, Brook Arts Center

Justin Sayre, The Meeting
Duplex, Le Poisson Rouge

Oron Stenesh, The Big 3-0
Duplex

DUO/GROUP

Scott Coulter, Steven Ray Watkins, Lennie Watts, 3Play The 70s
Don't Tell Mama

Marquee Five, 8-Track Throwback
Don't Tell Mama

Uptown Express, Point It Home; New Year's Eve with Uptown Express
Tim McLoone's (Asbury Park), Laurie Beechman, Bob Egan's New Hope

VARIETY PRODUCTION/RECURRING SERIES

Cabaret Cares, Produced by Joseph Macchia
Laurie Beechman

Sondheim Unplugged, Written, produced, directed, and hosted by Phil Geoffrey Bond
Laurie Beechman, Don't Tell Mama

Wednesday Night at the Iguana, Produced and hosted by Dana Lorge
Iguana

OPEN MIC

Mostly Sondheim, Programmed by Brian Nash, Emily McNamara, Ben Cameron
Duplex

Our Way, Your Way, Broadway (aka Show Tune Room), Produced and hosted by Michael Kirk Lane
Don't Tell Mama

Salon, Created and hosted by Mark Janas, produced by Tanya Moberly
Etcetera Etcetera

HOST – VARIETY SHOW/SERIES OR OPEN MIC

Raissa Katona Bennett, The Concerts at Tudor City Greens
Tudor City Greens

Phil Geoffrey Bond, Sondheim Unplugged
Laurie Beechman, Don't Tell Mama

Mark Janas, Salon
Etcetera Etcetera

Dana Lorge, Wednesday Night at the Iguana
Iguana

SPECIAL PRODUCTION

Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories, Created and performed by Faye Lane, directed by Jay Rogers, produced by Adam Magazine
La Mama ETC, Huron Club at Soho Playhouse

My Queer Youth, Written and performed by Phil Geoffrey Bond, directed by Michele Pawk
Laurie Beechman

Scared Skinny, Written and performed by Mary Dimino
Paradise Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER

Liz Lark Brown
Don't Tell Mama

Anne Steele
Don't Tell Mama, Brandy's

Kristine Zbornik
Don't Tell Mama

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT INSTRUMENTALIST

Nate Buccieri
Don't Tell Mama, Brandy's

Gerry Dieffenbach
Duplex, Don't Tell Mama

Jerry Scott
Butler's

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Sean Harkness
Deb Berman (Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama), Terese Genecco Sings Elvis (Don't Tell Mama, Triad, Rrazz Room)

Mark Janas
Julie Reyburn (Feinstein's, Laurie Beechman, Urban Stages), Kevin McMullan (Laurie Beechman), Tanya Moberly (Don't Tell Mama), Len Cariou (Ripley Greer)

Alex Rybeck
Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway: Boom! (Town Hall), Todd Murray (Feinstein's, Metropolitan Room), Kevin Dozier (Feinstein's, Laurie Beechman, Don't Tell Mama), Liz Callaway: New Year's Eve (Metropolitan Room), Donna McKechnie (Laurie Beechman), Faith Prince (Caramoor)

Tracy Stark
2010 MAC Awards (B.B. King), Marcus Simeone: Haunted (Metropolitan Room), Gretchen Reinhagen (Don't Tell Mama)

DIRECTOR

Eric Michael Gillett
Karen Akers (Oak Room at the Algonquin), Karen Oberlin (Oak Room at the Algonquin), Jarrod Spector (Metropolitan Room, Oak Room at the Plaza)

Peter Napolitano
Janice Hall (Metropolitan Room, Urban Stages), Barbara Porteus (Feinstein's), Helena Grenot (Don't Tell Mama), Adam Shapiro (Duplex)

Lennie Watts
Julie Reyburn (Feinstein's, Laurie Beechman), Kevin Dozier (Feinstein's, Laurie Beechman, Don't Tell Mama), Liz Lark Brown (Metropolitan Room), Jackie Fornatale (Don't Tell Mama, Laurie Beechman)

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Denise Andersen
Ricky Ritzel & Spider Saloff; Lennie Watts, Steven Ray Watkins, Scott Coulter; Stephen Wallem & Edie Falco (Don't Tell Mama)

David Colbert
Karen Finley, Sarah Rice, Coco Peru (Laurie Beechman)

Randy Lester
Steven Brinberg: Simply Barbra, Marquee Five, Eric Michael Gillett Presents Cookie Stark (Don't Tell Mama)

SONG

"After Hours"
Music by Derek Gregor, Lyrics by Sam Carner

"And I'm Leaving Today"
Music by Alex Rybeck, Lyrics by Todd Murray

"Don't Break My Heart on New Year's Eve"
Music by Brian Cimmet, Lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz

"Haunted"
Music by Tracy Stark, Lyrics by Marcus Simeone

"More Than I Am"
Music by Hyeyoung Kim, Lyrics by Michael L. Cooper

SPECIAL MUSICAL MATERIAL

"All of My Friends"
Music and lyrics by Drew Fornarola

"Christmas in Michigan"
Music and lyrics by Mary Liz McNamara

"Just Adjust Your Dreams"
Music and lyrics by Michael Hadge

"Sing, But Don't Tell"
Music by Derek Gregor, Lyrics by Sam Carner

"We Are the Meek"
Music and lyrics by Garry Novikoff

RECORDING

Annie Kozuch
"Here With You"

Karen Oberlin
"Live at the Algonquin – The Songs of Frank Loesser"

Anne Steele
"Strings Attached"

Uptown Express
"Take You There"

Julian Yeo
"Homage"

Julie Miller produces.

Tickets, priced $50-$160 plus a two-drink minimum, are available by visiting http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/163415 or www.macnyc.com.