Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony

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The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs celebrated the 23rd Annual MAC Awards on Monday, May 18th at 7:30pm at B.B. King Blues Club (237 West 42nd St, Between Broadway 8th Avenue).

This year's performers/presenters included Polly Bergen (Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award), Klea Blackhurst, Tyne Daly, Karen Mason, Marilyn Maye, John McDaniel, Rex Reed, Steve Ross, and Julie Wilson among others.The winners for the 23rd Annual MAC Awards honoring excellence in New York City cabaret, comedy and jazz were announced last evening at B.B. King Blues Club.

Taking part in a special tribute in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Motown and its contribution to expanding the American Songbook were nominees for Best Male/Female Vocalist: Raissa Katona Bennett, Jenna Esposito, Terese Genecco, Julie Reyburn, Marcus Simeone, Kim Smith, Jonathan Whitton, and Michael Winther.

The 2009 MAC Awards bestowed the Board of Directors Award to Joey Reynolds and Myra Chanin of the JOEY REYNOLDS SHOW, who consistently promote Cabaret, Comedy and Jazz artists on the long running WOR Radio program. Also receiving the honor was Eva Swan and Vocal Ease for bringing Broadway and Cabaret talent to hospitals, nursing homes and senior center for over a decade. The TimeOut New York Special Achievement Award went to Poor Baby Bree.

Photos by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
23rd Annual MAC Awards held at B.B. Kings Blues Club

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Nancy Witter and Andrea Marcovicci

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Nancy Witter and Eric Pickering

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Lennie Watts

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Lennie Watts

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Tyne Daly

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Tyne Daly

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Jenna Esposito

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Michael Winther

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Angela LaGreca

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Ricky Ritzel

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Ricky Ritzel

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Polly Bergen receives the Lifetime Achievment Award

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Polly Bergen

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Polly Bergen

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Polly Bergen

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Raissa Katona Bennett

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Marcus Simeone

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Debut Artists Deb Berman, Christina Bianco, Cait Doyle, Ben Cherry, Kevin Dozier and Sterns Matthews

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Poor Baby Bree

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Georga Osborne

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Georga Osborne

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Tommy Famia (Judy Garland) and Georga Osborne

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Shawn Ryan

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Fabulous Pink Flamingos

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Will Trice

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Terese Genecco

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Terese Genecco

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Jonathan Whitton

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Kim Smith

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Marilyn Maye

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Billy Stritch and Marilyn Maye

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Marilyn Maye

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Marilyn Maye

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Andrea Marcovicci and Nancy Witter close out the show

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Andrea Marcovicci and Nancy Witter

Photo Coverage: 2009 MAC Awards: The Ceremony
Andrea Marcovicci and Nancy Witter

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