Nominees Announced for the 26th Annual MAC Awards

MAC                     The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) ispleased to announce the nominees for the 26th Annual MAC Awards.  The winners will be announced live at the MAC Awards Show on Thursday, March 29th, at the world-famous B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.  The nominees were selected by ballot of the entire MAC membership. The winners in certain categories will perform live, immediately after accepting their award.  In addition, the evening, dedicated to The Year of the Songwriter, will honor and pay tribute to five invaluable songwriters:  Ervin Drake and David Friedman, who will receive MAC’s Lifetime Achievement Awards, and Francesca Blumenthal, John Bucchino and Julie Gold, who will receive MAC’s Board of Director Awards. The show will be hosted by Jason Graae, directed by Lennie Watts and produced by Julie Miller.

The MAC Award Nominees are:

FEMALE VOCALIST

KIM GROGG, One-Hit Wonder Woman Don't Tell Mama

JANICE HALL, Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich Urban Stages

SIGALI HAMBERGER, A Toast to Ava Gardner Metropolitan Room

SHAYNEE RAINBOLT Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar, Blue Caravan, Pigalle, Tauranga National Jazz Festival (New Zealand), Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival (New  Zealand)

GRETCHEN REINHAGEN, Both Sides Now Urban Stages, Don't Tell Mama

BILLIE ROE, Dangerous Women: Life in Film Noir Don't Tell Mama

JENNIFER SHEEHAN, You Made Me Love You – Celebrating 100 Years of the Great American Songbook Metropolitan Room

ANGELA SHULTZ, Do Overs Don't Tell Mama

SUSAN WINTER, Piano, Bass & Dreams Metropolitan Room

 

MALE VOCALIST

CRAIG POMRANZ, Love and the Weather Metropolitan Room

ANTHONY SANTELMO JR, 4 Performances 4 Don't Tell Mama

KIM SMITH, Misfit Laurie Beechman, Café Sabarsky, Duane Park

 

MAJOR ARTIST – FEMALE or DUO

ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO,  Helluva Town: A New York Soundtrack; A Good Wedding: The Songs of Arlen & Mercer; Harlem Nocturne; Summer Standard Time Oak Room at the Algonquin, The Knickerbocker Club, Triad, Rrazz Room (SF), Ocean House (Watch Hill, RI); Laurie Beechman; National Jazz Museum of Harlem; Laurie Beechman

TERESE GENECCO, Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band Iridium

JULIE REYBURN, Winter Songs Feinstein's, Etcetera Etcetera

 

MAJOR ARTIST – MALE

ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT, Cast of Thousands: Gillett Sings Carnelia Laurie Beechman

SEAN HARKNESS Urban Stages, The Players Club, Music at the Mansion, Village Coffee Shop, WTC Visitors Center, Madison Avenue Baptist Church

MARK NADLER, Crazy 1961 Laurie Beechman, Adelaide Cabaret Festival

RICKY RITZEL, Ingenue Don't Tell Mama

 

CELEBRITY ARTIST

MARILYN MAYE, It's Maye in May Feinstein's

ANDREA MARCOVICCI, No Strings Oak Room at the Algonquin

AMANDA McBROOM, Strange Days Metropolitan Room

KT SULLIVAN, Rhyme, Women and Song Oak Room at the Algonquin

 

NEW YORK DEBUT – FEMALE

LYNLY FORREST, Paid in Full Don't Tell Mama

LAUREN FOX, Here's to Love; Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen Metropolitan Room

MARYA ZIMMET, Feels Right Don't Tell Mama, Metropolitan Room

 

NEW YORK DEBUT – MALE

FRANK BASILE, Memories Are Made of This Metropolitan Room

JOEY INFANTE, Babalu Metropolitan Room, Triad, Don't Tell Mama

T. OLIVER REID, This Love I Know Metropolitan Room

 

MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER /IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION

JOAN JAFFE, Joan Jaffe's MAN-ha-ha-ha-TAN Don't Tell Mama

HEDDA LETTUCE, Lettuce Rejoice Metropolitan Room

COLLEEN McHUGH Duplex (Calendar Girl series), Metropolitan Room, Birdland

 

DUO/GROUP

TOMMY FEMIA & RICK SKYE, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli Live! Don't Tell Mama

SUE MATSUKI AND EDD CLARK, Sue & Edd's Fabulous Christmas Show Don't Tell Mama, Madison Avenue Baptist Church, Community Church of Wurtsboro (NY)

BARBARA PORTEUS & BARRY LEVITT, I Wish It So Laurie Beechman, Feinstein's, Metropolitan Room

UPTOWN EXPRESS, Gotta Be This or That Metropolitan Room, Tim McLoone's (Asbury  Park)

 

VARIETY PRODUCTION/RECURRING SERIES

NY SHEET MUSICSOCIETY PROGRAMS, Produced by Linda Amiel Burns Local 802 Musicians’ Hall

SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, Written, produced, directed and hosted by Phil Geoffrey Bond Laurie Beechman, Philipstown Depot Theatre

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA, Produced and hosted by Dana Lorge Iguana

 

OPEN MIC

METROJAM, Produced by Metropolitan Room, Jeff Leibowitz, Stan Gilbert, Jenna Esposito; Hosted by Jenna Esposito Metropolitan Room

MOSTLY SONDHEIM, Hosted by Ben Cameron, Emily McNamara, Brian J. Nash Duplex

SALON, Created and hosted by Mark Janas; Produced by Tanya Moberly Etcetera Etcetera

 

HOST – VARIETY SHOW/SERIES OR OPEN MIC

PHIL GEOFFREY BOND, Sondheim Unplugged; Simply Streisand; Broadway Swings; Sounds of the Season Laurie Beechman, Philipstown Depot Theatre; Laurie Beechman; White Plains Performing Arts Center; White Plains Performing Arts Center

JENNA ESPOSITO, MetroJam Metropolitan Room

MARK JANAS, Salon Etcetera Etcetera

DANA LORGE, Wednesday Night at the Iguana Iguana

 

BENEFIT

CABARET CARES, Produced by Joseph Macchia; to benefit Help Is On The Way Today Laurie Beechman

THE CONCERTS AT TUDOR CITY GREENS, Executive Producer Raissa Katona Bennet, AssociateProducers Dr. Garrett Bennett and Hector Coris; to benefit Tudor City Greens Tudor City Greens

LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND, Produced by Broadway Concerts Direct (Sarah Rice & John Hiller) to benefit Zani's Furry Friends Birdland, Laurie Beechman

WINTER RHYTHMS SERIES, Artistic Director, Frances Hill; Peter Napolitano, Producer; to benefit Urban Stages Outreach Program Urban Stages

 

REVUE/SPECIAL PRODUCTION

COUGARS ON THE PROWL, Produced by Cape Cod Cabaret/Patricia Fitzpatrick; Written by Patricia Fitzpatrick; Co-written by Helena Grenot, Dana Lorge Don't Tell Mama

METROSTAR TALENT CHALLENGE, Produced by Metropolitan Room; Hosted by Tom Gamblin Metropolitan Room

A RITZMAS DARYL, Written by Daryl Glenn, Ricky Ritzel, Alison Nusbaum, Jim Luzar; Directed by Jim Luzar Don't Tell Mama, Metropolitan Room, Urban Stages

 

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER

MARIA GENTILE Duplex

ALISON NUSBAUM Don't Tell Mama

JENNIFER PACE Don't Tell Mama

 

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT INSTRUMENTALIST

NATE BUCCIERI Don't Tell Mama, Brandy's, Duplex

JERRY SCOTT Butler's, Parnell's

BILL ZEFFIRO La Mediterranée

 

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

BARRY LEVITT Wednesday Night at the Iguana (Iguana), Joey Infante (Metropolitan Room, Triad,Don't Tell Mama), Vocal Jazz Jam (Urban Stages), Broadway Live (Feinstein's),Connie James (Feinstein's)

TRACY STARK Barb Jungr (Metropolitan Room), Gay Marshall (Feinstein's, Urban Stages), Marcus Simeone (Metropolitan Room), Gretchen Reinhagen (Urban Stages, Don'tTell Mama), Tanya Holt (Urban Stages)

STEVEN RAY WATKINS Billie Roe (Don't Tell Mama), Kim Grogg (Don't Tell Mama), 2011 MAC Awards (BB King's), Charles West (Don't Tell Mama)

 

DIRECTOR

PHIL GEOFFREY BOND Sondheim Unplugged (Laurie Beechman, Philipstown Depot Theatre), Simply Streisand (Laurie Beechman), Broadway Swings (White Plains Performing Arts Center), Sounds of the Season (White Plains Performing Arts Center)

ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT Karen Akers (Oak Room at the Algonquin), Will & Anthony Nunziata (Feinstein's)

PETER NAPOLITANO Barbara Porteus & Barry Levitt (Feinstein's, Metropolitan Room, Laurie Beechman), A Tribute to Donald Smith (Urban Stages), Janice Hall: I'd Rather Be Doing This (Urban Stages), David Vernon (Laurie Beechman)

 

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

DENISE ANDERSEN Max & Maxine; Kim Grogg: One-Hit Wonder Woman; Angela Shultz (Don't Tell Mama)

RANDY LESTER Tommy Femia & Rick Skye: Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli Live!; StevenBrinberg: Simply Barbra; Renee Toroian & Linda Segal (Don't Tell Mama)

JEAN-PIERRE PERREAUX Barb Jungr, Amanda McBroom, Marilyn Maye (Metropolitan Room)

TED STAFFORD Broadway on 22nd Street; Baby Jane Dexter; Yanna Avis; O Sole Trio; Rosemary Loar (Metropolitan Room)

 

SONG

AND I BREATHE Music by Joshua Salzman, lyrics by Ryan Cunningham

HE'S ON HIS WAY Music by Robby Stamper, lyrics by Arianna Rose

MAKE IT HERE Music by Derek Gregor, lyrics by Sam Carner

SHOW SOME BEAUTY Music by Steve Marzullo, lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz

SUMMER FLING Music by Jeff Thomson, lyrics by Jordan Mann

 

SPECIAL MUSICAL MATERIAL

A CAUTIONARY CHRISTMAS TALE (AIN'T THAT JUST LIKE A MAN) Music and lyrics by Ritt Henn & Mary Liz McNamara

THE DIET IS CAST Music and lyrics by Lois Morton

HOW DID THIS THING GET IN ME? Music and lyrics by Amy Engelhardt

ONE-SHOT DEAL Music by Brian Cimmet, lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz

UNIVERSAL TRUTH Music and lyrics by Bill Zeffiro

 

RECORDING (LaMott Friedman Recording Award)

WILLIAM BLAKE Live from New York City

HARRIETGOLDBERG My Time to Fly – Music and Lyrics by Harriet Goldberg

H2 (SEAN HARKNESS, MIKE HERRIOTT) Home for the Holidays

ALEXANDRA KAPRIELIAN Born Too Late

MARCUS SIMEONE Haunted

 

SHOW OF THE YEAR

TERESE GENECCO, Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band Iridium

ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT, Cast of Thousands: Gillett Sings Carnelia Laurie Beechman

BARB JUNGR, The Man in the Long Black Coat: The Songs of Bob Dylan Metropolitan Room

SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, Written, produced, directed and hosted by Phil Geoffrey Bond Laurie Beechman, Philipstown Depot Theatre

 

Scheduled to appear as performers or presenters are:  Scott Barbarino, Kenny Bell, Anna Bergman, Liz Lark Brown, Mary Foster Conklin, Scott Coulter, Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Douglas, Kevin Dozier, Bernie Furshpan, Terese Genecco, Kim Grogg, Sean Harkness, Thomas Honeck, Karen Mason, Sharon McNight, Julie Miller, Sidney Myer, Mark Nadler, Christine Pedi, Don Rebic, Julie Reyburn, Sarah Rice, Ricky Ritzel, Johnny Rodgers, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, Steven Ray Watkins, Lennie Watts and Amy Wolk.

MAC is a trade association with a large membership, including cabaret performers, jazz singers, standup comedy performers, technicians, directors, booking managers, audience members and Club venues.  MAC presents educational programs, networking opportunities, public outreach and a nurturing environment to encourage the next generation of cabaret artists.

Tickets for The 26th Annual MAC Awards Show are available at www.macnyc.com, or directly through Brown Paper Tickets.

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