Breaking News: 2016 MAC Award Cabaret Winners Announced!

At a ceremony held last night in New York, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs announced the winners of the 2016 MAC Awards. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Amanda McBroom. Also honored with a Board of Directors award was Maryann Lopinto. Jamie deRoy received the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Award on behalf of her work with The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & Friends Cabaret Initiative. Sally Darling received the Hanson Award. The show was produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, with musical direction by Matt Baker.

The 2016 MAC Award Winners are:

Female Vocalist

Tanya Moberly

Songs I Feel Like Singing

Don't Tell Mama

Male Vocalist

Kristoffer Lowe

You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
Metropolitan Room

Major Artist

Stacy Sullivan

Since You've Asked
Metropolitan Room

Celebrity Artist

Karen Mason

Mason at Mama's in March; Love Secrets of the Ancient Divas; Next to Norma; Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!
Don't Tell Mama, Rrazz Room (New Hope), Rrazz Room at the Prince (Philadelphia), Kennedy Center, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

New York Debut - Female

Natalie Arneson

Mama Drama
The Duplex

New York Debut - Male

Charles Baran

Recipes for Disaster!
Metropolitan Room

Musical Comedy Performer


Barbara Malley

Eat! Drink! Be Merry!
Don't Tell Mama


Molly Pope

Molly Pope Likes Your Status
The Duplex

Impersonation/Characterization/Drag Artist

Doris Dear

Doris Dear's Gurl Talk: Unplugged; Doris Dear's Gurl Talk: The Rumpus Room Edition
Don't Tell Mama


Kim Grogg and Kim Sutton

Whenever I Call You Friend
Don't Tell Mama

Major Duo/Group

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

Shoulder Season; Something to Live For: The Strayhorn Centennial; others
Metropolitan Room, National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Birdland, Jazz at Kitano, others


Another Hundred People

Performed by KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar, directed by Sondra Lee, musical direction by Jon Weber
Laurie Beechman

Recurring Series

Ricky Ritzel's Broadway

Created and produced by Ricky Ritzel, staged by Jay Rogers and Aaron Morishita
Don't Tell Mama, Urban Stages

Special Production

Mama's Next Big Act

Created and hosted by Lennie Watts, produced by Limor Shekhter and Lennie Watts
Don't Tell Mama


Bobbie Horowitz

It's Just a Number

Metropolitan Room

Ensemble Instrumentalist

Sean Harkness


Piano Bar Instrumentalist

Nate Buccieri

Brandy's, Don't Tell Mama

Restaurant/Hotel Lounge Instrumentalist

Sheree Sano

Don't Tell Mama Happy Hour

Piano Bar Singing Entertainer - Female

Jennifer Pace


Piano Bar Singing Entertainer - Male

Tommy J. Dose

Don't Tell Mama

Musical Director

Steven Ray Watkins

Lennie Watts (Don't Tell Mama), Tanya Moberly (Don't Tell Mama), Eve Eaton (Don't Tell Mama), Heather Villaescusa (Don't Tell Mama), Wendy Russell (Don't Tell Mama)


Lennie Watts

Kristoffer Lowe (Metropolitan Room), Eve Eaton (Don't Tell Mama), Kim Grogg & Kim Sutton (Don't Tell Mama), Raissa Katona Bennett & Kenneth Gartman (Laurie Beechman)

Technical Director

Collette Black

Karen Kohler, William Ludwig, and Sebastian Stert: In This Town: The Songs of Marlene Dietrich & Hildegard Knef; Wendy A. Russell: Where Have I Been All My Life?; Helen Glassman: Confessions of a Native New Yorker: Jerry Phelps: Can't Have It All

Don't Tell Mama

Recording (Lamott Friedman Award)

Jim Speake
Sweet Life

Major Recording

Barbara Fasano
Busy Being Free


Hold On Tight

Music by Meg Flather and John Mettam, Lyrics by Meg Flather

Comedy/Novelty Song


The Egg Nog Song

Music by Derek Gregor, Lyrics by Sam Carner


The Mermaid and The Whale

Music by Carolyn Montgomery-Forant and Jeff Cubeta, lyrics by Carolyn Montgomery-Forant

Show Of The Year

Mason at Mama's In March

Performed by Karen Mason, musical direction by Christopher Denny, directed by Barry Kleinbort
Don't Tell Mama

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