Charles Busch Added to Nightlife Awards

Actor, playwright and drag legend Charles Buschhas been added to the list of presenters for the 2005 Nightlife Awards. 

The Nightlife Awards is the only broad-based critics award show honoring our
great city's nightlife, and it's the only award show in the world that is
PURE ENTERTAINMENT! More than twenty critics and experts vote on the best
performances of the year in New York City's cabaret, comedy, and jazz clubs.
The winners, rather than make acceptance speeches, will perform to show why
they are being honored as the best of NYC's nightlife performers.

Celebrity introductions and special guest performances to honor the winners
mark this event as the most entertaining awards show of the year. It is a
true celebration of the performers that make New York City the most vital
and exciting city in the world!

Charles Busch joins presenters Tony Danza, Joy Behar, Polly Bergen, Ute
Lemper, Rue McClanahan, Jim Caruso, Andrea McArdle, Alice Ripley, Allan
Harris, Julie Halston, Kate Clinton, Dick Latessa, Joe Mantello and others
in honoring this years winners. Hairspray's Bruce Vilanch hosts.

The 2005 Nightlife Awards is conceived and produced by Author/Critic Scott
Siegel, who also created Town Hall's popular and critically acclaimed
Broadway by the Year series (going into its fifth season), and the smash hit
Broadway Unplugged concert in September.

The Nightlife Awards take place on Monday, January 31, 2005 at 7:00 PM at
The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues). Tickets are
$25, $50, and $75. (Tickets to the after party are an additional $50). Show
tickets may be purchased via Ticketmaster at 212-307-4100 or online at
www.TheaterMania.com. For mail order tickets and tickets to the
after-party, contact siegelentertainment@msn.com or call 212-365-4345.

And the winners are:

CABARET

Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist in a Major Engagement
(tie) KAREN AKERS and KEELY SMITH

Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist in a Major Engagement
Cy Coleman (posthumous)

Outstanding Duo/Group Cabaret Performance in a Major Engagement
LIZ & Ann Hampton Callaway

Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist
CAROLYN MONTGOMERY

Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist
PHILLIP OFFICER

Outstanding Cabaret Musical Comedy/Characterization Performance
PETER YAWITZ

Outstanding Cabaret Piano Bar Performer
Leslie Anderson

Unique Cabaret Event
"UNDER THE COVERS" (at Mama Rose's)

COMEDY

Outstanding Female Standup Comedian
LAURIE KILMARTIN

Outstanding Male Standup Comedian
PATRICE O'NEAL

Outstanding Group Comedy Performance
INVITE THEM UP (EUGENE MIRMAN & BOBBY TISDALE)

Unique Comedy Performance
DAVE GORMAN'S GOOGLEWHACK ADVENTURE


JAZZ

Legend of Jazz
Mark Murphy

Outstanding Jazz Soloist
BILL CHARLAP

Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance
JOE LOVANO

Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist
PAULA WEST

Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist
JACKIE PARIS (posthumous)

Performances honoring the late Cy Coleman and the late Jackie Paris will be
among the more than 20 performances that will take place on the Town Hall
stage.

The 2005 Nightlife Awards is sponsored, in part, by ASCAP, TheaterMania.com,
Edythe Kenner, Peter & Barbara Leavy, Thoroughbred Records, Edith & Ervin
Drake, and Trattoria Dopo Teatro.


2005 NIGHTLIFE AWARDS JUDGES

KIRSTEN AMES -- HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival
MICHAEL ANTHONY -- WHPC - 90.3 FM, Jazz Journalist
JANE BORDEN -- Time Out NY
ANGELA BOWERS -U.S. Comedy Arts Festival
ADAM FELDMAN, Time Out NY
DAVID FINKLE, Village Voice
WILL FRIEDWALD -- New York Sun/Village Voice
STEVE FUTTERMAN - The New Yorker
AMELIE GILLETTE -- The Onion A.V. Club
IRA GITLER -- Jazz Times and Downbeat
CELIA IPIOTIS - Eye on the Arts
PETER LEAVY -- Cabaret Scenes
BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON -- Cititour.com
WARD MOREHOUSE III -- AM NY
DAVID NOH, Gay City News
DAVID PEROZZI - ABC-TV
Rex Reed, The New York Observer
ROY SANDER -- formerly Back Stage and CitySearch
Barbara Siegel -- TheaterMania.com and Siegel Entertainment Syndicate
Scott Siegel -- TheaterMania.com and Siegel Entertainment Syndicate
NAOMI STEINBERG -- Comedy Central
JONATHAN WARMAN - HX Magazine
K.LEANDER WILLIAMS -- Time Out NY

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