2014 MAC Awards Honor Anita Gillette, Jonathan Whitton, The Amanda McBroom Project and More

By Carey Purcell
March 28, 2014

The 2014 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) presented its awards gala March 27 at BB King's Blues Club in Times Square. 



The ceremony, which included awards in 25 categories, was hosted by Terese Genecco and directed by Lennie Watts, current MAC president and winner in the Directing category.

Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Marilyn Maye and Tony Award winner Linda Lavin (The Lyons, Collected Stories). 

A list of winners follows:

FEMALE VOCALIST
Billie Roe, 1978 NYC Underground
Metropolitan Room, Duplex

MALE VOCALIST
Jonathan Whitton, The Free Residency; Black Sheep Carnival
Don't Tell Mama

MAJOR ARTIST
Marissa Mulder, Tom…In His Words: The Songs of Tom Waits
Metropolitan Room, Stage 72, Joe's Pub

CELEBRITY ARTIST
Anita Gillette, After All
Metropolitan Room, St. James Studio (London), Cape May Stage (NJ)

NEW YORK DEBUT – FEMALE
Mary Lahti, A Kid Again
Duplex

NEW YORK DEBUT – MALE
Gary Crawford, In Love With Love
Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama

MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER
Colleen McHugh, Calendar Girl
Duplex

IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION/DRAG ARTIST
Roger Anthony Mapes, Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour
Duplex

DUO/GROUP
Tanya Holt & Marcus Simeone, Quiet Storm
Metropolitan Room

REVUE
Twentieth Century Girl: The Lois Morton Songbook
Music and lyrics by Lois Morton
Directed by Lennie Watts
Musical direction and arrangements by Paul Greenwood
Don't Tell Mama, Duplex

RECURRING SERIES
Salon
Founder, artistic director and host, Mark Janis

SPECIAL PRODUCTION
The Amanda McBroom Project
Conceived and diirected by Eric Michael Gillett
Songs by Amanda McBroom
Laurie Beechman Theater

EMCEE-RECURRING SERIES
Dana Lorge

ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTALIST
Sean Harkness, Guitar
Lauren Fox (Metropolitan Room)
Terese Genecco's Little Big Band (Iridium, 54 Below, Cutting Room)
Karen Akers (Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Joanne Tatham (Café Carlyle)

PIANO BAR INSTRUMENTALIST
Nate Buccieri
Don't Tell Mama, Duplex

RESTAURANT/HOTEL LOUNGE INSTRUMENTALIST
Bill Zeffiro
La Mediterranée

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER – FEMALE
Alison Nusbaum
Don't Tell Mama

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER – MALE
Bobby Belfry
Brandy's

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Tracy Stark
Barb Jungr (Joe's Pub, O'Neill Conference, 59E59), Billie Roe (Metropolitan Room, Duplex), Tanya Holt & Marcus Simeone (Metropolitan Room)

DIRECTOR
Lennie Watts
Billie Roe (Metropolitan Room, Duplex), Marquee Five (54 Below), Picture Perfect – The Music and Lyrics of Scott Evan Davis (Duplex, Catalina Jazz Club), 20th Century Girl: The Lois Morton Songbook (Don't Tell Mama, Duplex)

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Jean-Pierre Perreaux
Marilyn Maye, Anita Gillette, Annie Ross (Metropolitan Room)

BEST RECORDING (LaMott Friedman Award)
Marissa Mulder
"Tom… In His Words"

BEST SONG
"The Right Time" by Andrew Sotomayor

COMEDY/NOVELTY SONG
"Shalom, Santa"
Music by Douglas J. Cohen
Lyrics by Tom Toce

SHOW OF THE YEAR
Echoes Of Etta: A Tribute To Etta James
Created and conceived by William Blake and Michael Thomas Murray
Starring William Blake
Musical direction by Michael Thomas Murray Birdland
Joe's Pub, Café Carlyle

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