Stritch, Cumming, Callaway, Ebersole and More are Bistro Awards Winners

By Andrew Gans
March 9, 2010

A host of theatre actors — including Tovah Feldshuh, Elaine Stritch, Cheyenne Jackson and Liz Callaway — will be honored at the 25th Annual Bistro Awards, which honor excellence in the cabaret community and will be held April 13 at Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan.



The 6:30 PM event will honor Mitzi Gaynor and Elaine Stritch; Gaynor will receive the Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award, and Tony and Emmy winner Stritch will be presented with the Extraordinary Cabaret Artist Award.

Eric Michael Gillett will direct the awards ceremony, which will be hosted by producer Sherry Eaker and will feature performances from most of the Bistro-winning artists. Klea Blackhurst, comic Jim David, and actress-comedienne Marilyn Sokol will be guest presenters.

To celebrate its silver anniversary, the Bistro Awards will honor three individuals for their 25-plus years of artistic accomplishments: actress-singer Tovah Feldshuh, musical director, arranger and conductor Paul Trueblood, and singer-pianist-songwriter Ronny Whyte.

The Bistro Awards Committee comprises Elizabeth Ahlfors (Cabaret Scenes, CurtainUp.com, and BistroAwards.com), David Finkle (Village Voice, HuffingtonPost.com and BistroAwards.com), Rob Lester (Cabaret Scenes, NiteLifeExchange.com), Erv Raible, (executive/artistic director of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University), Roy Sander (BistroAwards.com) and Sherry Eaker (formerly the Editor in Chief of Back Stage).

The complete list of winners follows:

Tovah Feldshuh; Paul Trueblood; Ronny Whyte/The Bistro Silver Anniversary Awards For Ongoing Artistic Accomplishment

Anne Steele/Vocalist/ The Metropolitan Room

Nicole Henry/Jazz Vocalist/ The Metropolitan Room

Danielle Grabianowski/Ira Eaker Special Achievement Award/ The Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama

Loli Marquez-Sterling/Entertainer/ The Triad, The Metropolitan Room

Lee Summers/Entertainer/ The Triad

Liz Callaway/ Major Engagement/ The Metropolitan Room

Gretchen Reinhagen, "Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard"/ Tribute Show/ The Metropolitan Room

Sarah Rice, "Screen Gems - Songs of Old Hollywood"/ Theme Show/ Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café

Michael Feinstein and . . . Cheyenne Jackson; Christine Ebersole; David Hyde Pierce/ASCAP Great American Songbook Award for Duo Shows/ Feinstein's at Loews Regency

Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words, created by Eugene Pack/ Comedy Series/ The Triad

I've Got a Little Twist, conceived, written, and directed by David Auxier, musical direction and arrangements by Mark York, produced by Albert Bergeret/ Special Award/ The Triad, Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café

The Concerts at Tudor City Greens/Special Award/Created and produced by Raissa Katona Bennett

Peter Napolitano/BMI Award for Director

The Salon/Special Award/Created and hosted by Mark Janas / The Algonquin Hotel, Etcetera Etcetera

Alan Cumming/Recording, "I Bought a Blue Car Today"

Julie Reyburn/Recording, "Live at Feinstein's"

Brett Kristofferson/Songwriter

Richard Eisenberg/"Two Again"/Special Material

Elaine Stritch/Extraordinary Cabaret Artist

Mitzi Gaynor/Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award

Gotham Comedy Club is located in Manhattan at 208 W. 23rd Street. A champagne reception for the Bistro recipients and premium ticket holders begins at 5 PM followed by the awards presentation and show at 6:30 PM.

Ticket prices are $45 general admission, $75 for premium seating, which includes a pre-show champagne reception and preferred seating (two-drink minimum). To purchase show tickets, go to www.bistroawards.com; for more information call (917) 239-5467.