The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs has announced the nominees for its 2003 MAC Awards, to be presented on Monday, April 14, in a ceremony beginning at 7:30pm at The Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.
In addition to the winners in competitive categories, MAC will honor jazz pianist Barbara Carroll with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz and singer Mary Cleere Haran will be honored with Board of Directors Awards. The awards ceremony, to be produced by Barry Levitt and directed by Lennie Watts, will include live performances and/or appearances by such artists as Steven Brinberg, Alison Bryner, Ann Hampton Callaway, Joan Crowe, Tommy Femia, Michael Holland, Lina Koutrakos, Jay Leonhart, Karen Mack, Sharon McNight, Karen Mason, Mark Nadler, Phyllis Pastore, Bobby Peaco, Christine Pedi, Eric Pickering, Ron Poole, Anne Runolfsson, Richard Skipper, Billy Stritch, Chuck Sweeney, and Julie Wilson.
Bobby Short and Michael Feinstein will present Barbara Carroll with her Lifetime Achievement Award. Ben Vereen will be on hand to present Stephen Schwartz with his Board of Directors Award and perform with other artists in a medley of Schwartz's songs. Colette Hawley and Jay Rogers will share the stage as emcees of the event, and David Maiocco will serve as musical director.
The MAC Awards, which encompass more than two dozen categories, are presented annually to honor achievement in cabaret, comedy and jazz. For ticket information, visit the official MAC website at www.MACnyc.com. A complete list of nominees for this year's awards follows:
MAJOR FEMALE VOCALIST
NEW YORK FEMALE DEBUT
MAJOR MALE VOCALIST
NEW YORK MALE DEBUT
FEMALE MUSICAL COMEDY
MALE MUSICAL COMEDY
FEMALE STAND-UP COMIC
MALE STAND-UP COMIC
Karen Mack & Michael Holland
Mikey Writes It!
What in the World?!
COMEDY/IMPROV/MUSICAL COMEDY DUO/GROUP
Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli Live: Tommy Femia & Christine Pedi
Lovely: Kelly Briggs and Jerry Christakos
The Marcy & Zina Show: Goldrich and Heisler
VARIETY PRODUCTION OR SERIES
Jamie deRoy & friends
Phil Geoffrey Bond
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT INSTRUMENTALIST
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER
RECORDING OF THE YEAR: FEMALE VOCALIST
Klea Blackhurst, Everything the Traffic Will Allow
Audrey Lavine, At Home With Arlen
Karen Mack, Take That
RECORDING OF THE YEAR: MALE VOCALIST
Scott Coulter, Scott Coulter
John DePalma, The Song is Mine
Joseph "Go" Mahan, Joseph Mahan
RECORDING OF THE YEAR: MAJOR ARTIST
Ann Hampton Callaway, Signature
Michael Feinstein, Michael Feinstein and The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
KT Sullivan, Ladies Of The Silver Screen
RECORDING OF THE YEAR: VARIOUS ARTISTS
Jamie deRoy & friends, Jamie deRoy & friends: Family
The Lounge-O-Leers, Now That's What I Call the Lounge-O-Leers Two
Jerry Scott With Various Artists, With a Little Help From My Friends
SONG OF THE YEAR
Jason Robert Brown, "If I Told You Now"
Maria Gentile and Caren Cole, "If I Was A Boy"
Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, "Love Like Breathing"
Carol Hall, "I Dream In Technicolor"
Steve Marzullo and James Baldwin, "Somedays"
SPECIAL MATERIAL OF THE YEAR
Julie Gold, "The Heartbreak Diet"
Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, "Baltimore"
Rick Jensen, "You'd Better Say Yes! (to Christmas)"
Mary Liz McNamara, "Haiku"
Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, "Sensitive Song"