March 28 MAC Awards Honor the Best in 2017 New York Cabaret

Cabaret & Concert News   March 28 MAC Awards Honor the Best in 2017 New York Cabaret
Spamilton, Molly Pope, and Joe Iconis are among the nominees.
Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Edwards, Dan Rosales, Juwan Crawley and Nora Schell in Spamilton Carol Rosegg

Spamilton, Molly Pope, and Joe Iconis are among nominees for the 2017 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Awards, which will be given March 28 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

The awards honor the best in New York cabaret, including performers, productions, musicians, and directors.


The 31st annual ceremony, produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, will honor Michele Lee with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Ken Starrett with the Board of Directors Award, and Joseph Macchia/Cabaret Cares with the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series Award.

See below for a complete list of nominations, which were announced February 23:

Female Vocalist
Celia Berk, Manhattan Serenade
Sally Darling, Totally Noël
Meg Flather, Portraits; Carly And Me
Josephine Sanges, Haven’t We Met?; To Ann, With Love
Lisa Viggiano, Night In The City

Male Vocalist
Bob Diamond, The Gift Of Love
Richard Holbrook, Richard Sings Rodgers With A Lot Of Heart; Always December: A Holiday Musical Celebration
Jeff Macauley, Mwah! The Dinah Shore Show; It Was Me; Le Grand Tour
Stearns Matthews, Me And The Gersh-Twins
Jim Speake, Sweet Life, The Show

Major Artist
Natalie Douglas, Human Heart; Stevie Songs; Freedom Songs 2016; A Very Natalie New Year; Others
Sidney Myer, Live At The Beechman
Stacy Sullivan, A Night At The Troubadour

Christine Andreas (Feinstein’s/54 Below)
Michael Feinstein (Feinstein’s/54 Below)
Donna McKechnie (Feinstein’s/54 Below)
Mark Nadler, Does This Room Make My Act Look Big? (Pangea)
Carol Woods, Ain’t We Got Fun: The Music Of Richard Whiting (Metropolitan Room)

New York Debut – Female
Amorika Amoroso, The Whore Next Door
Hanna Burke, Why Is Everyone Laughing? A Tribute To Madeline Kahn
Mary Sue Daniels, Straight Outta ‘Conda
Sallie Jo Hadley, Bustin’ Loose: The Liberation Of Sallie Jo Hadley

New York Debut – Male
Matt DiPasquale, Neither Here Nor There
Tommy J. Dose, By.the.Book
Charlie Romo (a.k.a. Charlie Poveromo)

Spoken Word Artist
Karen Finley, Unicorn Gratitude Mystery
Shawn Moninger, Because I Can 2: Second Addiction

Impersonation/Characterization/Drag Artist
Margoh! Channing, Margoh! Channing Is Uncorked; Margoh! Channing Is Hung
Lady Bunny, Trans Jester
Rick Skye, Liza Live!

Musical Comedy Performer
Lynda Rodolitz, Lynda Rodolitz Is Off Her Rocker
Billie Roe, Monopoly
Aaron Weinstein, Violinspiration

Anita Gillette & Penny Fuller, Sin Twisters Too
Sally Mayes & Jeff Harnar, Double Take
Those Girls (Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack, Wendy A. Russell), Those Girls at the Beechman

Almost Like Being in Love: An Evening of Alan Jay Lerner (performed by KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler, directed by Mark Nadler)
Broadway Boozy Brunch (created by Manuel Araujo and Patrick Degennaro, produced by Don’t Tell Mama)
Rodgers, Hart, And Hammerstein (created and written by Marcus Simeone)

Recurring Series
It's Just a Number (created, produced, and directed by Bobbie Horowitz)
Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway (created and produced by Ricky Ritzel; staged and choreographed by Jay Rogers and Aaron Morishita)
Salon (Mark Janas, Founder, Artistic Director, Host; Tanya Moberly, Executive Producer)

Bernie Furshpan, This Is Your Night
Tom Gamblin, Metrostar Talent Challenge
Bobbie Horowitz, It’s Just a Number
Nancy Witter, Nancy Witter’s Comedy Variety Series

Special Production
The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular (written and created by Joe Iconis, produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, directed by John Simpkins)
Mama's Next Big Act (produced by Don’t Tell Mama and Lennie Watts)
Metrostar Talent Challenge (produced by Joseph Macchia, Tom Gamblin, Beck Lee, Bernie Furshpan)

Musical Director
Rick Jensen
Daryl Kojak
Tracy Stark
Steven Ray Watkins

Barry Kleinbort
Lina Koutrakos
Mark Nadler

Technical Director
Collette Black
Armando Bravi
Adam Decarlo
Jason Ellis
Abby Judd

Ensemble Instrumentalist
Donna Kelly, Drums/Percussion
Tom Hubbard, Bass
Matt Scharfglass, Bass
Kenji Tajima, Drums/Percussion

Piano Bar/Restaurant Singing Entertainer – Male
Paul Pilcz, Don’t Tell Mama
Tommy J. Dose, Don’t Tell Mama
Adam Chandler, Duplex
Joe Ardizzone, Brandy’s
Bobby Belfry, Brandy’s

Piano Bar/Restaurant Singing Entertainer – Female
Tara Martinez, Don’t Tell Mama
Michelle Dowdy, Don’t Tell Mama
Lauren Mufson, Brandy’s
Heidi Weyhmueller, Brandy’s
Laura Pavles, Don’t Tell Mama

Piano Bar Instrumentalist
Michael Isaacs, Duplex, Brandy’s, Don’t Tell Mama
William Tn Hall, Don’t Tell Mama, Duplex
Brian Nash, Duplex
Darius Frowner, Duplex
Rick Jensen, Brandy’s

Restaurant/Lounge Entertainer
Bill Zeffiro, La Rivista
Clare Cooper, Don't Tell Mama Happy Hour
Patrick Degennaro, Duplex Happy Hour

Recording (LaMott Friedman Award)
Celia Berk, Manhattan Serenade
Scott Evan Davis, Next
Ginger Minj, Sweet T

Major Recording
Mary Foster Conklin, Photographs
Natalie Douglas, Human Heart
Tracy Stark, Shades Of Beautiful – The Tracy Stark Songbook

Before I Forget
Filling Space
More Than Fine
Thirty-Five Years

Comedy/Novelty Song
The Christmas Tree Blues
The Mom Song
Sitting at the Piano
So Many Reasons

Show Of The Year
Marilyn in Fragments
Molly Pope in A Star Is Born
Midnight at The Never Get
The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular

Tickets to the MAC Awards show are available to the general public at


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