Sharon McNight hosted the evening. Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Leslie Uggams, who performed. Other special honorees of the evening were Peter Leavy (Board of Directors Award, presented by KT Sullivan), Playbill.com (Board of Directors Award, presented by Karen Mason), Angela Shultz (Hanson Award, presented by Lennie Watts) and Brandon Cutrell (Time Out New York Award, presented by Adam Feldman). (Board of Directors Awards are given to "people, organizations or publications that have shown extraordinary support to the cabaret community.")
The 24th Annual MAC Awards Show was produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts; Tracy Stark was musical director.
The nominees (with winners in bold and preceded by an asterisk) for the 24th Annual MAC Awards follow:
*Anne Steele MALE VOCALIST
*Mary Foster Conklin
Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano
*Baby Jane Dexter
Eric Michael Gillett
NEW YORK DEBUT - FEMALE
NEW YORK DEBUT - MALE
Ann Hampton Callaway
STAND-UP COMIC - MALE
STAND-UP COMIC - FEMALE
"Closing Notice" Series
The Disney Diaries
Metrostar Talent Challenge
*Ricky Ritzel Has Hysterical Blondness
VARIETY PRODUCTION/RECURRING SERIES
Concerts at Tudor City Greens
*Wednesday Night at the Iguana
The After Party
*Algonquin Salon, Oak Room Salon, Salon
HOST - VARIETY SHOW/SERIES OR OPEN MIC
Jenna Esposito, MetroJam
Mark Janas, Algonquin Salon, Oak Room Salon, Salon
*Dana Lorge and Richard Skipper, Wednesday Night at the Iguana
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT/HOTEL LOUNGE INSTRUMENTALIST
Eric Michael Gillett
Steven Ray Watkins
Ann Hampton Callaway, "At Last"
Liz Callaway, "Passage of Time"
*Daryl Sherman, "Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute"
Jenna Esposito, "To Connie . . . Love Jenna: Jenna Esposito Sings Connie Francis"
Elli Fordyce, "Songs Spun of Gold"
"Grace Notes: Hope and Humor in Hard Times," Grace Cosgrove and guest artists
*Susan Winter, "Love Rolls On . . . Live!"
Julian Yeo, "Deep Purple Dreams"
"All Together, All Alone," Music and lyrics by Drew Fomarola
"Don't Say Another Word," Music by Joshua Salzman, Lyrics by Ryan Cunningham
"Finding Beauty," Music and lyrics by Ann Hampton Callaway
"Say Hello," Music by Matthew Ward, Lyrics by Peter Napolitano
*"Things That Haunt Me," Music and lyrics by Brett Kristofferson
"This Time, Music" by Tracy Stark, Lyrics by Michael David Quinn
"Union Square," Music and lyrics by Gaby Alter
SPECIAL MUSICAL MATERIAL
"An Artificial Tree," Music and lyrics by Nicholas Levin
*"Identity Theft," Music and lyrics by Ray Jessel
"The Sacrifice Of Love," Music and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen
"Two Again," Music and lyrics by Richard Eisenberg
"Understudy Blues," Music by Brian Cimmet, Lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz