Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night

The annual New York City Cabaret Convention -- conceived, launched, and brilliantly sustained for the past 23 seasons by The Mabel Mercer Foundation -- has honored many specific people and events across the past two decades. Legendary performers, composers, lyricists, and their anniversaries have all had their day and their due as the Convention grew in visibility, stature, and acclaim.

This year, the 23rd Cabaret Convention, October 17-19 at Jazz at Lincoln Center/Frederick P. Rose Hall, continued the extraordinary levels of entertainment provided by Smith and his compatriots, as well as provided happy, personal memories of the Mercer/Smith coalescence upon which the Foundation plans to thrive in the future.

Check out photos from closing night below!

The premiere Donald F. Smith Award is made possible by the generosity and dedication of Adela and Larry Elow. In Smith's name, they have pledged an annual $5,000.00 grant for the next three years in encouragement of a cabaret artist who embodies the passion, talent, glamour, and dedication to presentation and the Great Popular Songbook beloved and championed by Mr. Smith and exemplified by Ms. Mercer. Similarly, The Noel Coward Award is being offered (for the third consecutive year in 2012) in conjunction with the London-based Noel Coward Foundation, who provide a $5,000.00 grant to a recipient whose outstanding ability and performance flair typify the individual, personal versatility of its namesake.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Rose Hall Jazz at Lincoln Center

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Jim Caruso, Sidney Myer, Lee Roy Reams

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Carole J. Bufford

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Jim Caruso & KT Sullivan

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Karen Mason

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Nicolas King

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Daniel Fabricant

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Karen Mason, Yael Gelman, Christine Andreas

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Nicholas Adler

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
KLea Blackhurst

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Donald F. Smith Award Winner KLea Blackhurst & KT Sullivan

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Lee Roy Reams

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Lee Roy Reams

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Lee Roy Reams

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Carole J. Bufford

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Carole J. Bufford

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Nicolas King

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Nicolas King

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Beckie Menzie

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
William Blake

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
William Blake

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
William Blake

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Karen Mason

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Karen Mason

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Karen Mason

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Mabel Mercer Award Winner Christine Andreas and Karen Mason

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Christine Andreas & Karen Mason

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Christine Andreas

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Christine Andreas

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Christine Andreas

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Craig Rubano

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Craig Rubano

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Sidney Myer

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Sidney Myer

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Sidney Myer

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Natalie Douglas

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Natalie Douglas

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing NightMark Hartman

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Jim Caruso

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Jim Caruso

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Jim Caruso & KLea Blackhurst

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Jim Caruso & KLea Blackhurst

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
Jim Caruso

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night
KLea Blackhurst

Photo Coverage: Inside the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention - Closing Night

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Stephen Sorokoff Stephen's life seems to have always revolved around a camera and a piano. He studied at Manhattan School of Music and performed in the "Borsht Belt" during college vacations, where in the true DIRTY DANCING tradition he met his wife Eda. Stephen was a Board Member of the First All Children's Theater and his wife, a classical pianist, is a Board Member of Barrington Stage Co. In between he made time to be CEO of a multi national machinery company and President of a domestic Textile Mfg. Co. In retirement, he now takes pictures of his 5 grandchildren and various other performers.