MAC Awards Held March 21; KT Sullivan, Sharon McNight, T. Oliver Reid, Marilyn Maye, Ben Rimalower Among 2013 Nominees
By Michael Gioia
The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs presents the 27th Annual MAC Awards March 21 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. KT Sullivan hosts.
Directed by Lennie Watts and produced by Julie Miller, the evening begins at 7:30 PM. The musical director is Tracy Stark, who will lead the MAC Awards band, and Amy Wolk is the stage manager.
The 2013 ceremony, entitled Where Broadway Meets Cabaret, celebrates the strong ties between the cabaret and theatre communities in New York.
Presenters include Len Cariou, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Kristine Zbornik, Helen Baldassare, John Bucchino, Mary Foster Conklin, Baby Jane Dexter, Anita Gillette, The Glamazons, Kim Grogg, Sean Harkness, Jeff Harner, Tonya Holt, Thomas Honeck, Mark Janas, David Kenney, Barry Kleinbort, Brett Kristofferson, Julie Miller, Sidney Myer, Julie Reyburn, Ricky Ritzel, Jay Rogers, KT Sullivan and Lennie Watts.
Special honorees of the evening include Penny Fuller and Tom Wopat, who each receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from MAC and perform live at the show; and 54 Below, New York's newest nightclub, which receives MAC's Board of Directors Award. In addition, a special Board of Directors Award is presented in loving memory of long-time MAC Board member Ruth Kurtzman.
The nominees were selected by ballot of the entire MAC membership. Winners in certain categories will perform live, immediately after accepting their award.
The 2013 MAC Award nominees follow:
Marieann Meringolo, You Must Believe in Spring! – The Music of Michel Legrand
Tanya Moberly, Tanya Lorraine Moberly Sings Barbra Joan Streisand with Steven Ray Watkins
Marissa Mulder, Illusions
Stacy Sullivan, It's a Good Day – A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee
Frank Dain, The Magic of Mathis
Bob Diamond, This Funny World
Richard Holbrook, Richard Holbrook Sings Burton Lane; Christmas in New York
T. Oliver Reid, Drop Me Off in Harlem
Raissa Katona Bennett, Another Kind of Light
Baby Jane Dexter, Rules of the Road
Terese Genecco, Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band
Eric Michael Gillett, I Won't Sing a Sondheim Song…or Will I?
Lennie Watts, Bloody Bloody Lennie Watts
NEW YORK DEBUT – FEMALE
Fran Leonardis, It Will Never Be That Way Again
Alison Nusbaum, Ladies! A Raucous Homage to Mel Brooks' Broads
Stacie Perlman, The Story Underneath
NEW YORK DEBUT – MALE
Harry Althaus, The Strip Show
Tom DiMenna, Who Loves You, Baby?
Tym Moss, Girl, A Lopsided Tree Won't Ruin Christmas
Ben Rimalower, Patti Issues
Ann Hampton Callaway, The Streisand Songbook
Marilyn Maye, The Happiest Sound in Town
Sharon McNight, Men of Note; Twisted Xmas
Mark Nadler, I'm a Stranger Here Myself
MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER
Stearns Matthews, That's How Young I Feel; The Importance of Being STEARNSest
Colleen McHugh, Calendar Girl
Adam Shapiro, Guide to the Perfect Breakup; Adam Shapiro Twists the Classics
Jim Speake, Jim Speake Sings 'til the Cows Come Home
Lorinda Lisitza & Ted Stafford, The Ted & Lo Show
Sue Matsuki & Edd Clark, It's Us Again! The Music of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé; Sue & Edd's Fabulous Christmas Show
Mary Liz McNamara & Ritt Henn, Take That! Tunes by McNamara & Henn
Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, Three for the Road; I Hear Music: A Burton Lane Centennial Songbook; Summer in the City; The Night Has a Thousand Eyes;and others
Shaynee Rainbolt & Donn Trenner, Two for the Road
KT Sullivan & Karen Kohler, Vienna to Weimar
Boys Night Out: The Music of The Rat Pack, Written by Danny Bolero, directed by Joseph Macchia
Smile on My Face: The Songs of Richard Eisenberg, Produced and written by Richard Eisenberg, dialogue and direction by Peter Napolitano, musical direction by Barry Levitt
Tonight, New York City… The Rick Jensen Songbook, Written, musical directed, and hosted by Rick Jensen, directed by Lina Koutrakos
SPECIAL PRODUCTION / VARIETY PRODUCTION/RECURRING SERIES
Duos, Produced and hosted by Sean Harkness
Metrostar Talent Challenge, Produced by the Metropolitan Room and Beck Lee, hosted by Tom Gamblin
Music at the Mansion, Produced by Nicholas Adler and Corinna Sowers-Adler, hosted by Corinna Sowers-Adler
NY Sheet Music Society Programs, Produced and hosted by Linda Amiel Burns
Mostly Sondheim, Hosted by Brian Nash, Emily McNamara, Ben Cameron
Salon, Founder/Artistic Director/Host: Mark Janas; Executive Producer: Tanya Moberly
Singers Forum Open Mic Night, Produced by the Singers Forum, hosted by John Koprowski
HOST – VARIETY SHOW/SERIES OR OPEN MIC
Tom Gamblin, MetroStar Talent Challenge
Mark Janas, Salon
Dana Lorge, Wednesday Night at the Iguana
Cabaret Cares, Produced by Joseph Macchia; to benefit Help Is On The Way Today
The Concerts for City Greens, Executive Producer Raissa Katona Bennet;, Associate Producer Dr. Garrett Bennett; to benefit Tudor City Greens
Winter Rhythms 2012 Peter Napolitano, Producer; Frances Hill, Artistic Director; to benefit Urban Stages Outreach Program
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER
Michael Kirk Lane
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT INSTRUMENTALIST
William TN Hall
Steven Ray Watkins
Eric Michael Gillett
"All I Saw Was You"
"Do You Think of Me?"
"It's About Time"
"Too Close to the Sun"
SPECIAL MUSICAL MATERIAL
"Bye-Bye, Aloha, Yo!"
"Don't Ask Me to Blend"
"84 Years Old"
"My Kind of Guy"
RECORDING (LaMott Friedman Award)
T. Oliver Reed
SHOW OF THE YEAR
Ann Hampton Callaway – The Streisand Songbook, Directed by Dan Foster
Mark Nadler – I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Ben Rimalower – Patti Issues, Written and performed by Ben Rimalower, Directed by Aaron Mark
Stacy Sullivan – It's a Good Day – A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee, Jon Weber, Music Director
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