The 23rd annual MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) will be presented May 18 at BB King Blues Club. Additional details on the ceremony will be announced shortly.
Show business veteran Polly Bergen will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Joey Reynolds and Myra Chanin, as well as Eva Swann and Vocal Ease will receive the Board of Directors Awards. The Time Out New York Award will be presented to Poor Baby Bree.
The MAC Awards, according to the official MAC website, are presented annually to "honor achievements in Cabaret, Comedy, and Jazz. The Awards encompass more that two dozen categories such as: vocalists and vocal groups, piano bar and jazz performers, comedy and musical performers, writers of songs and special material, directors, musical directors, recordings, and more. In addition, through special awards, MAC salutes outstanding contributions to the field of live entertainment."
The 2009 MAC Award nominees follow:
Raissa Katona Bennett
Musical Comedy Performer/Duo/Group
Booth & Pat
David Gurland & Brian Farley
Karen Oberlin & Miles Phillips
What's the Point?
Grace Notes: Singer's Soiree
Jamie deRoy & Friends
Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Female Piano Bar/Restaurant Entertainer
Male Piano Bar/Restaurant Entertainer
Piano Bar/Restaurant Instrumentalist
Phil Geoffrey Bond
Eric Michael Gillett
Jazz Male Vocal
Jazz Female Vocal
Alex Leonard Duo
Major Male Stand-Up
Major Female Stand-Up
Chicago City Limits
"Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall"
"Barry Lloyd Live"
"Karen Mason: Right Here, Right Now"
"Stardust & Swing" (Todd Murray)
"It's a Small Town" (Stacy Sullivan)
"Walk Like a Man" (Uptown Express)
"Something Still Cool" (Elli Fordyce)
"A Song About Forever" (The Kurt Weill Project)
"Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt Sings Russell Garcia"
"Cole Porter Live at Maxim's" (Spider Saloff)
"Unusual Passage" (Julian Yeo)
"Running" (Adam Gwon)
"Change In Me" (Carol Hall)
"Come Home" (Mark Janas & Peter Napolitano)
"Right Here, Right Now" (Paul Rolnick & Jim Papoulis)
"Living Without Love" (Jason Wynn)
"This Is My Birthday" (Carol Hall)
"Leaky Ceiling" (Sharon Kenny)
"The Olives of Regret" (Nicholas Levin)
"The Mess" (Ryan Scott Oliver)
"You May Have A Problem" (Dan Page, John Domurad & Michael Page)
For further information, visit MACNYC.