The Manhattan Association of Cabarets presented their 33rd annual MAC Awards ceremony March 26 at SONY Hall. Among those taking home trophies were Tony nominee Anita Gillette and RuPaul’s Drag Race star BenDeLaCreme.
Gillette, seen recently Off-Broadway in A Parallelogram, was named winner in the Celebrity Artist category. She’s taken the stage at a host of concert halls and supper clubs in the city, including in her show Me & Mr. B, celebrating the work of Irving Berlin, at the Birdland Theater in October of last year.
BenDeLaCreme, who competed on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race before her dramatically concluding stint on the third All Stars season, was recognized in the Major Impersonation/Characterization/Drag Artist category after bringing her Dante-inspired show Inferno a Go-Go back to the Laurie Beechman Theatre.
This year's ceremony also paid special tribute to Be More Chill composer Joe Iconis, Broadway veteran Karen Mason, and Broadway Sessions' Ben Cameron. The Hanson Award, given to a perennial cabaret performer not yet nominated for a MAC Award, was presented to Teresa Fischer.
See below for the full list of winners (view the full list of nominees here).
MAJOR ARTIST – FEMALE
MAJOR ARTIST – MALE
NEW YORK DEBUT – FEMALE
NEW YORK DEBUT – MALE
MAJOR IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION/DRAG ARTIST
MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER
Ira Lee Collings
Evelyn Sullivan and Jason Ellis
Marcus Simeone, Lina Koutrakos, Sean Harkness
Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway
Mama’s Next Big Act!
Matt Scharfglass, bass
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT INSTRUMENTALIST
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER – MALE
Tommy J. Dose
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER – FEMALE
RECORDING (LaMott Friedman Award)
Sheree Sano, Live Acts
Marissa Mulder, Two Tickets Left
“Best As I Can”
Music by Alex Rybeck, lyrics by Bob Levy
Music and lyrics by Brett Kristofferson
The MAC Awards are produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, with musical direction by Bobby Peaco.