2005 MAC Award Winners Announced
The 2005 MAC Awards were presented April 25 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space. The MAC Awards are presented annually to honor achievements in cabaret, comedy and jazz. The Awards encompass nearly 20 categories, including vocalists and vocal groups, piano bar and jazz performers, comedy and musical comedy performers, impersonators, writers of songs and special material, directors, musical directors and technical directors, recordings, and more.
MAC also honored the incomparable Keely Smith with its Lifetime Achievement Award; Grammy Award-winners and jazz greats Kenny Barron and George Coleman each received the MAC Board of Directors Award for Jazz; and comedian/actor Mario Cantone was honored with the MAC Board of Directors Award for Comedy. Adam Feldman of MAC's Media Sponsor, Time Out New York magazine, presented Maude Maggart with its annual Time Out New York Special Achievement Award.
Natalie Douglas ***
Brandon Cutrell ***
Anthony Santelmo Jr.
Steve Ray WatkinsNew York Debut - Female
Maude Maggart ***
Tracy StarkNew York Debut - Male
Ritt Henn ***
Steven Garrett Wright Major Engagement
Karen Mason ***
Mark NadlerStand-Up Comedy/Monology
Nancy Witter ***Impersonation
Steven Brinberg (Barbra Streisand)
Tommy Femia (Judy Garland)
Chuck Sweeney (Peggy Lee) ***Musical Comedy Performer
Ray Jessell ***
Shawn RyanVocal Or Musical Comedy Duo/Group
Marcus Simeone & Eva Ladas ***
The Next Big Broadway Musical
3 Tenors in Search of an ActRevue
The Johnny Mercer Birthday Show ***
Timeless Divas!Variety Production/Recurring Series or Special Production
Gashole: The Talk Show, Gashole: The Tonyshow
New Mondays ***
Poole PartyPiano Bar/Restaurant Entertainer
Leslie Anderson ***
George SandersPiano Bar/Restaurant Instrumentalist
Jerry Scott ***
Phil Geoffrey Bond ***
Ron PooleMusical Director
Alex Rybeck ***Technical Director
Thomas Honeck ***
Shawn MoningerRecording of the Year
John Bucchino, "On Richard Rodgers' Piano"
Ann Hampton Callaway, "Slow" ***
Ricky Ritzel & Leslie Anderson, "Cool, Cool, Cool - Songs of Johnny Mercer"Song of the Year
Nancy Baxter & Paul Stephan, "Elusive"
Bonnie Lee Sanders, Joel Diamond and Mila, "Friends (Laisse Moi T'Aimer)"
Marie Gentile and Caren Cole, "I'd Rather Never Know"
Ann Hampton Callaway, "My Answered Prayer" ***
Michael Ogborn, "Ou Apres La Guerre" Special Musical Material of the Year
Ann Hampton Callaway, "Here Come the Callaways"
Fred Barton, "I Can Be an Icon Too"
Mary Liz Mcnamara, "I Love You Sweetheart"
Peter Lurye and Peter Yawitz, "Not Good Enough"
Ray Jessel, "The Short Term Memory Loss Blues" ***
For more information on the MAC Awards, visit www.macnyc.com.