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UPDATED: Len Cariou, Anita Gillette, Kristine Zbornik, and More to Present at the 27th Annual MAC Awards

Broadway veterans will help honor Lifetime Achievement Award winners Tom Wopat and Penny Fuller on March 21. logo

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UPDATED: The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs announced the presenters who will appear at the 27th Annual MAC Awards. The list includes_H Tony Award winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), Tony Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz (Urban Cowboy), and Broadway veterans Anita Gillette (Brighton Beach Memoirs), Jay Rogers (Cleavage), KT Sullivan (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), John Bucchino (A Catered Affair), and Kristine Zbornik (A Catered Affair). Helen Baldassare, Mary Foster Conklin, Baby Jane Dexter, The Glamazons, Kim Grogg, Sean Harkness, Jeff Harner, Tonya Holt, Thomas Honeck, Mark Janas, David Kenney, Barry Kleinbort, Brett Kristofferson, Julie Miller, Sidney Myer, Julie Reyburn, Ricky Ritzel, and Lennie Watts will also present. They will be joining the previously announced Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Tom Wopat and Penny Fuller for the ceremony at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on March 21.

February 22, 2013 - The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) announced the nominees for their 27th Annual Awards. The ceremony will take place on March 21 at B.B. Kings' Blues Club and Grill. This year's theme is Where Broadway Meets Cabaret, celebrating the strong ties between cabaret and the theater community.

The special honorees of the evening will be Tony Award nominees Penny Fuller (Applause) and Tom Wopat (A Catered Affair), who will each receive Lifetime Achievement Awards and perform at the show. 54 Below will receive the Board of Directors Award, and the late Ruth Kurtzman will receive a special Board of Directors Award for her service on the MAC Board.

KT Sullivan (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) will host the show. The team also includes musical director Tracy Stark, The MAC Awards Band, director Lennie Watts, producer Julie Miller and stage manager Amy Wolk.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Female Vocalist:

Marieann Meringolo: You Must Believe in Spring! The Music of Michel Legrand at Feinstein's
Tanya Moberly: Tanya Lorraine Moberly Sings Barbra Joan Streisand with Steven Ray Watkins at Don't Tell Mama
Marissa Mulder: Illusions at the Metropolitan Room and the Triad
Stacy Sullivan: It's a Good Day: A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee at Iridium, Don't Tell Mama, and the Metropolitan Room

Male Vocalist:

Frank Dain: The Magic of Mathis at the Metropolitan Room and Don't Tell Mama
Bob Diamond: This Funny World at Don't Tell Mama
Richard Holbrook: Richard Holbrook Sings Burton Lane; Christmas in New York at the Metropolitan Room and Don't Tell Mama
T. Oliver Reid: Drop Me Off in Harlem at Feinstein's

Major Artist:

Raissa Katona Bennett: Another Kind of Light at Feinstein's
Baby Jane Dexter: Rules of the Road at the Metropolitan Room
Terese Genecco: Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band at Iridium
Eric Michael Gillett: I Won't Sing a Sondheim Song…or Will I? at the Laurie Beechman
Lennie Watts: Bloody Bloody Lennie Watts at the Metropolitan Room and the Duplex

New York Debut, Female:

Fran Leonardis: It Will Never Be That Way Again at the Metropolitan Room
Alison Nusbaum: Ladies! A Raucous Homage to Mel Brooks' Broads at Don't Tell Mama
Stacie Perlman: The Story Underneath at the Metropolitan Room

New York Debut, Male:

Harry Althaus: The Strip Show at Don't Tell Mama and The Duplex
Tom DiMenna: Who Loves You, Baby? at the Huron Club
Tym Moss: Girl, A Lopsided Tree Won't Ruin Christmas at the Players' Theatre
Ben Rimalower: Patti Issues at the Duplex

Celebrity Artist:

Ann Hampton Callaway: The Streisand Songbook at 54 Below, Boston Pops, and Seneca Hotel
Marilyn Maye: The Happiest Sound in Town at Feinstein's
Sharon McNight: Men of Note; Twisted Xmas at the Metropolitan Room, Rrazz Room, and Don't Tell Mama
Mark Nadler: I'm a Stranger Here Myself at 54 Below and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Musical Comedy Performer:

Steanrs Matthews: That's How Young I Feel; The Importance of Being STEARNSest at Don't Tell Mama
Colleen McHugh: Calendar Girl at the Duplex
Adam Shapiro: Guide to the Perfect Breakup: Adam Shapiro Twists the Classics at the Duplex and North Hill Auditorium (Needham, MA)
Jim Speake: Jim Speake Sings 'til the Cows Come Home at Don't Tell Mama

Lorinda Lisitza and Ted Stafford: The Ted & Lo Show at the Metropolitan Room, Path Café, and Don't Tell Mama
Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark: It's Us Again! The Music of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé; Sue & Edd's Fabulous Christmas Show at Don't Tell Mama, Le Chateau (South Salem); Don't Tell Mama, Community Church of Wurtsboro
Mary Liz McNamara and Ritt Henn: Take That! Tunes by McNamara & Henn at the Duplex and NY Society for Ethical Culture

Major Duo/Group:

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano: Three for the Road, I Hear Music: A Burton Lane Centennial Songbook, Summer in the City, The Night Has a Thousand Eyes and others others at the Triad, Café Sabarsky, Kitano, 54 Below, and Metropolitan Room
Shaynee Rainbolt and Donn Trenner: Two for the Road at the Metropolitan Room, Union City Performing Arts Center
KT Sullivan and Karen Kohler: Vienna to Weimar at the Triad


Boys Night Out: The Music of the Rat Pack, written by Danny Bolero, directed by Joseph Macchia, at the Metropolitan Room
Smile on my Face: The Songs of Richard Eisenberg, produced and written by Richard Eisenberg, dialogue and direction by Peter Napolitano, musical direction by Barry Levitt, at the Laurie Beechman, Etcetera Etcetera, and Urban Stages
Tonight, New York City…The Rick Jensen Songbook, written, musical directed and hosted by Rick Jensen, directed by Lina Koutrakos, at the Metropolitan Room

Special Production/Variety Production/Recurring Series:

Duos, produced and hosted by Sean Harkness at the Metropolitan Room
Metrostar Talent Challenge, produced by the Metropolitan Room and Beck Lee, hosted by Tom Gamblin, at the Metropolitan Room
Music at the Mansion, produced by Nicholas Adler and Corinna Sowers-Adler, hosted by Corinna Sowers-Adler, at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center
NY Sheet Music Society Programs, produced and hosted by Linda Amiel Burns, at Local 802 Musicians Hall

Open Mic:

Mostly Sondheim, hosted by Brian Nash, Emily McNamara, Ben Cameron at the Duplex
Salon, Founder/Artistic Director/Host: Mark Janas; Executive Producer: Tanya Moberly, at Etcetera Etcetera
Singers Forum Open Mic Night, produced by the Singers Forum, hosted by John Koprowski at Singers Forum

Host: Variety Show/Series or Open Mic:

Tom Gamblin: MetroStar Talent Challenge at the Metropolitan Room
Mark Janas: Salon, at Etcetera Etcetera
Dana Lorge: Wednesday Night at the Iguana, at Iguana

Benefit Series:

Cabaret Cares, produced by Joseph Macchia, to benefit Help Is On The Way Today at the Laurie Beechman
The Concerts for City Greens, produced by Raissa Katona Bennet and Dr. Garrett Bennett, to benefit Tudor City Greens at Tudor City Greens
Winter Rhythms 2012, produced by Peter Napolitano, with artistic direction by Frances Hill, to benefit Urban Stages Outreach Program, Urban Stages

Piano Bar/Restaurant Singing Entertainer:

Tommy Dose at Don't Tell Mama
Maria Gentile at the Duplex
Michael Kirk Lane at Don't Tell Mama

Piano Bar/Restaurant Instrumentalist:

Nate Buccieri at Don't Tell Mama, Brandy's and the Duplex
William TN Hall at Don't Tell Mama, the Duplex and Uncle Charlie's
Brian Nash at the Duplex
Bill Zeffiro at La Mediterranée

Musical Director:

Barry Levitt: Robert Cuccioli (Birdland), Charlotte Patton (Duplex), Lauren Robert (Iridium), Adam Shapiro (Duplex), Anthony Santelmo Jr. (Don't Tell Mama), Smile on My Face (Laurie Beechman, Etcetera Etcetera, Urban Stages), Tonya Pinkins (54 Below), Broadway Swings: Terese Genecco, Natalie Douglas, Scott Coulter (54 Below)
Tracy Stark: Boys Night Out (Metropolitan Room), Tanya Holt (Metropolitan Room), Barb Jungr (Metropolitan Room), 2012 MAC Awards (BB King's), Marcus Simeone (Metropolitan Room), Cabaret Cares (Laurie Beechman)
Steven Ray Watkins: Lennie Watts (Metropolitan Room, Duplex), Amy Wolk (Duplex), Jim Speake (Don't Tell Mama)


Eric Michael Gillett: Sheera Ben-David (Feinstein's), Showstoppers! benefit series (Laurie Beechman), Marieann Meringolo (Feinstein's), Raissa Katona Bennett (Feinstein's)
Lina Koutrakos: Rick Jensen's Tonight New York City (Metropolitan Room), Mardi Grant (Duplex), Devin Bing (Metropolitan Room)
Lisa Moss: 2012 Duplex Gala (Duplex), From Book to Broadway (Duplex), Social Intercourse (Duplex)
Peter Napolitano: Hopelessly in Love: The Lyrics of Tom Toce (Metropolitan Room, Urban Stages), Smile on my Face: The Songs of Richard Eisenberg (Laurie Beechman, Etcetera Etcetera, Urban Stages), Adam Shapiro: Guide to the Perfect Breakup (Duplex), Fran Leonardis (Metropolitan Room)
Gretchen Reinhagen: Bob Diamond (Don't Tell Mama), Marcia Roney (Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama), Donna Hayes (Laurie Beechman, Don't Tell Mama), Irenka Jakubiak (Don't Tell Mama)

Technical Director:

Jason Ellis: Jeff Macauley, Marc McBarron Kessler & J. Michael Reeds, Stacy Sullivan, Alison Nusbaum (Don't Tell Mama)
Jean-Pierre Perreaux: Marilyn Maye, Amanda McBroom, Yvonne Constant, Annie Ross (Metropolitan Room)
Ted Stafford: Lorinda Lisitza: Triumphant Baby, Loni Ackerman, Lauren Fox, Pamela Luss (Metropolitan Room)


"All I Saw Was You" -- Music by Ben Wexler, lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick
"Do You Think Of Me?"-- Music and lyrics by Ryan Langer
"It's About Time"-- Music and lyrics by Shelly Markham & Paul Rolnick
"Movin' On"-- Music and lyrics by Andrew Sotomayor
"Too Close to the Sun"-- Music by Steve Marzullo, lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz

Special Musical Material:

"Bye-Bye, Aloha, Yo!"-- Music by Jeff Lazarus, lyrics by Tom Toce
"Don't Ask Me to Blend"-- Music by Peter Mills, lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz
"84 Years Old"-- Music and lyrics by Drew Fornarola
"My Kind of Guy"-- Music and lyrics by Bill Zeffiro
"Subway Crush"- - Music and lyrics by Patrick Dwyer

Recording (LaMott Friedman Award):

Terese Genecco: Live from the Iridium
Colleen McHugh: Prêt-à-Porter: Cole Porter's French Connections
T. Oliver Reid: Do I Love You
Jane Scheckter: Easy to Remember
Stacy Sullivan: It's a Good Day- A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee

Show of the Year:

Ann Hampton Callaway: The Streisand Songbook, directed by Dan Foster at 54 Below, Boston Pops, and Seneca Hotel (Niagara Falls)
Mark Nadler: I'm A Stranger Here Myself at 54 Below and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Ben Rimalower: Patti Issues, written and performed by Ben Rimalower, directed by Aaron Mark at the Duplex
Stacy Sullivan: It's a Good Day- A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee with Jon Weber, Music Director at Iridium, Don't Tell Mama, and the Metropolitan Room

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