MAC program

Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs 2014 Award Winners

MAC Gala honored 25+ Members of the NYC Nightclub Industry

 

 Official Announcement:  Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), dedicated to advancing the art and business of live entertainment, held their 28th Annual MAC Awards celebration last evening at BB King's Blues club in Times Square. Winners in twenty-five categories were announced. The show was hosted by the vivacious singer, band leader, multiple MAC Award winner and 2014 Nominee, Terese Genecco. The gala was produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, the current MAC President. Don Rebic served as Musical Director. Presenters included Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal and designer Bob Mackie.

T Genecco MAC 2014 perf
Terese Genecco
(Photos: Kevin Alvey)

M Maye MAC 2014 perfL Lavin - J Caruso - MAC 2014

Marilyn Maye                           Linda Lavin, Jim Caruso       

Two Lifetime Achievement Awards were previously announced for Linda Lavin and Marilyn Maye, as well as the 2014 Board of Directors Award for the Eugene O'Neill Cabaret and Performance Conference. Lavin and Maye accepted their awards in person, and they also performed, Lavin accompanying herself on piano. Accepting for the O'Neill was director John McDaniel.

The Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Award went to the Park Concert Series (formerly The Concerts for City Greens), and was accepted by its founder, Raissa Katona Bennett.

The Hanson Award went to vocalist Amy Beth Williams, and two scholarships for Performing Arts education were awarded to youth from WingspanArts, young Jenna Barricklo and Sofia Bryant.

And the rest of the winners are:
FEMALE VOCAL IST
BILLIE ROE, 1978 NYC Underground
Metropolitan Room, Duplex

MALE VOCALIST
JONATHAN WHITTON, The F ree Residency; Black Sheep Carnival
Don't Tell Mama

MAJOR ARTIST
MARISSA MULDER, Tom…In His Words: The Songs of Tom Waits
Metropolitan Room, Stage 72, Joe's Pub

CELEBRITY ARTIST
ANITA GILLETTE, After All
Metropolitan Room, St. James Studio (London), Cape May Stage (NJ)


NEW YORK DEBUT - FEMALE
MARY LAHTI, A Kid Again
Duplex

NEW YORK DEBUT - MALE
GARY CRAWFORD, In Love With Love
Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama

MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER
COLLEEN MCHUGH, Calendar Girl
Duplex

IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION/DRAG ARTIST
ROGER ANTHONY MAPES, Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour
Duplex

DUO/GROUP
TANYA HOLT & MARCUS SIMEONE , Quiet Storm
Metropolitan Room

REVUE
TWENTIETH CENTURY GIRL: THE LOIS MORTON SONGBOOK, Music and lyrics by Lois Morton, directed by Lennie Watts, musical direction and arrangements by Paul Greenwood
Don't Tell Mama, Duplex

RECURRING SERIES
SALON (founder, artistic director and host, Mark Janis

SPECIAL PRODUCTION
THE AMANDA MCBROOM PROJECT. Conceived and Directed by Eric Michael Gillett, songs by Amanda McBroom. Laurie Beechman Theater

EMCEE-RECURRING SERIES
DANA LORGE

ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTALIST

SEAN HARKNESS, Guitar
Lauren Fox (Metropolitan Room); Terese Genecco's Little Big Band (Iridium, 54 Below, Cutting Room); Karen Akers (Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center), Joanne Tatham (Café Carlyle)

PIANO BA R INSTRUMENTALIST
NATE BUCCIERI
Don't Tell Mama, Duplex

RESTAURANT/HOTEL LOUNGE INSTRUMENTALIST
BILL ZEFFIRO
La Mediterranée

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER - FEMALE
ALISON NUSBAUM
Don't Tell Mama

PIANO BAR /RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER - MALE
BOBBY BELFRY
Brandy's

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
TRACY STARK
Barb Jungr (Joe's Pub, O'Neill Conference, 59E59), Billie Roe (Metropolitan Room, Duplex), Tanya Holt & Marcus Simeone (Metropolitan Room)

DIRECTOR
LENNIE WATTS
Billie Roe (Metropolitan Room, Duplex), Marquee Five (54 Below), Picture Perfect - The Music and Lyrics of Scott Evan Davis (Duplex, Catalina Jazz Club), 20th Century Girl: The Lois Morton Songbook (Don't Tell Mama, Duplex)

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
JEAN-PIERRE PERREAUX
Marilyn Maye, Anita Gillette, Annie Ross (Metropolitan Room)

BEST RECORDING ( LaMott Friedman Award)
MARISSA MULDER
Tom… In His Words

BEST SONG
THE RIGHT TIME by Andrew Sotomayor

COMEDY/NOVELTY SONG
SHALOM, SANTA
Music by Douglas J. Cohen and Lyrics by Tom Toce

SHOW OF THE YEAR
ECHOES OF ETTA: A TRIBUTE TO ETTA JAMES, Created and conceived by William Blake and Michael Thomas Murray, starring William Blake, musical direction by Michael Thomas Murray Birdland, Joe's Pub, Café Carlyle

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) was founded in 1983, primarily as an organization for cabaret owners, managers, and booking agents to meet and exchange ideas. The organization started accepting performers in 1985. MAC's mission is to advance the art and business of live entertainment, heighten public awareness of the field's contributions and vitality, to honor its creativity, to build its current and future audiences, and to speak out as an influential voice on behalf of MAC members and the industry at large. ?Members of MAC include cabaret, comedy and jazz artists and directors, technicians, management, clubs, club owners and personnel, members of the journalism and PR professions and a wide variety of supporters of live entertainment.

For additional information on MAC, to become a member, or to order tickets to the event, visit:
http://macnyc.com