Billy Stritch  Marilyn Maye - 2012 MACs - by Genevieve Rafter-Keddy

Ervin  Edith Drake - MAC 2012 - Photos: Joe Marzullo / WENN

 Lifetieme Achievement Honoree Ervin Drake and wife Edith

26th MAC Awards Gala at B.B. King's

Marilyn Maye & Karen Mason - Photo courtesyBroadwayworld.com

 Seems like old tiimes. Some names and faces have changed. And, some beloved faces are gone, but, the melody galantly lingers on.

Celebrating March Is Cabaret Month, on Thursday, March 29, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) held their annual awards ceremony at B.B. King's hosted by Jason Graae. Honoring what they declared The Year of the Songwriter, the evening featured assorted performances and presenters including, Phil Ramone and Lucie Arnaz as well as: Scott Barbarino, Kenny Bell, Anna Bergman, Liz Lark Brown, Mary Foster Conklin, Scott Coulter, Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Douglas, Kevin Dosier, Bernie Furshpan, Terese Genecco, Kim Grogg, Thomas Harneck, Sean Harkness,  Karen Mason, Marilyn Maye, Julie Miller, Sidney Myer,  Mark Nadler, Christine Pedi, Don Rebic, Julie Reyburn, Sarah Rice,  Ricky Ritzel, Johnny Rodgers, KT Sullivan, Steven Ray Watkins,  Lennie Watts and Amy Wolk.

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Once again, the show was directed by MAC president Lennie Watts and produced by vice-president Julie Miller. Tracy Stark was musical director for the evening.

Lifetime achievements awards were presented to songwriters Ervin Drake and David Friedman. Board of Director awards were also presented to Francesca Blumenthal, John Bucchino and Julie Gold. The Hanson Award was presented to Rosemary Loar.

Among the winners were Marilyn Maye (Celebrity Artist,) Terese Genecco (Major Artist Female or Duo,) Eric Michael Gillett (Major Artist Male,) Janice Hall (Female Vocalist,) T. Oliver Reid (Male Vocalist) and Craig Pomranz (Male Vocalist.) Terese Genecco and Her Little Big Band at The Iridium won for Show Of the Year.

The 2012 winning song award went to He's On His Way, with Music by Robby Stamper and lyrics by Ariana Rose. In the category of Special Musical Material, the award went o Universal Truth with music and lyrics by Bill Zeffiro. The Recording of the Year went to H2 (Sean Harkness and Mike

Herriott) for Home For the Holidays.

Throughout the lively festivities were many inside jokes and shared camaraderie, additional awards were presented to Lauren Fox (New York Female Debut,) T. Oliver Reid (New York Male Debut,) Joan Jaffe (Musical Comedy Performer,) Tommy Femia and Rick Skye (Duo/Group,) Wednesday Night At The Iguana ( Variety Production/Recurring Series,) Salon (Open Mic,) Dana Lorge (Host,) Cabaret Cares (Benefit,) Metrostar Talent Challenge (Revue/Special Production,) Alison Nusbaum (Piano Bar/Restaurant Singer Entertainer,) Bill Zeffiro (Piano Bar Singer Instrumentalist,) Tracy Stark (Musical Director,) peter Napolitano (Director) and Jean-Pierre Perreaux (Technical Director.)