BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pm

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BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmFor 36 years the Manhattan Association of Cabarets has existed, working to promote and support the members of the community that produces cabaret shows, nightclub acts, open mic night, piano bar entertainment and all the various forms of diversion to be found in small venues around New York City. Originally founded so that owners, managers and booking agents could have a regular round table, two years into its existence, the organization began accepting artists into the membership. For over three decades MAC has existed to advocate for the community and to raise public awareness of the art form and the artists whose craft and care provide the entertainment that is the mainstay of cabaret. In 1987 the MAC awards were created. Among the award recipients that year were Blossom Dearie, Peter Allen, Steve Hayes, Margaret Whiting, and Ann Hampton Callaway. 33 times the MAC Awards have been handed out, and tomorrow night, for the 34th time, members of the cabaret community will be bestowed with the awards that the MAC members have wished on them with their votes. In 2019 the MAC Awards took place at Sony Hall in a glittery, glamorous night of revelry. Who could forget Sidney Myer's humility at being announced the winner? Who wasn't thrilled by Anita Gillette's star power, performing right after her name was announced? And who could listen to Karen Mason's absolute eloquence during her speech at receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award without being moved? It was truly a night to remember.

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pm

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pm

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pm

This year's MAC Awards will also be a night to remember, maybe because the recipients will be glitzy and glammy, though if they are the only way for people to know it will be via Facetime, Facebook Live, Zoom, or any other way made possible by modern technology. The real reason this year's MAC Awards will be memorable is because of the example set by the organization, by the community, by the humanity that is showing resilience in the face of a difficult time. When the city of New York went into (new term in use here) Physical Distancing and our opportunities to be social with one another became a digital world, the MAC Awards ceremony scheduled for March 30th had to be canceled. It was a sad decision to make, but a necessary one, but MAC President Lennie Watts and his Board of Directors immediately turned their focus on a way to continue the tradition in a way that would fit the new normal. For a few days, it was planned that the Award Winners would be announced by a small group of people in a live streaming ceremony from the iconic nightclub Don't Tell Mama. When all non-essential businesses were closed down, that put the kibosh on that idea. Undeterred, Watts and co. determined that the winners would get their day, a day all of the deserving nominees awaited with bated breath. With all the Living Room Concerts being created, it only seemed natural that the winners be announced via Facebook Live, as so many of the artists of cabaret are prone to use now.

And so, Monday night, March 30th at 7 pm members of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and, indeed, the friends, fans, and family of the nominees for the 2020 MAC Awards, need only go to the MAC Facebook Page HERE to learn the results of the voting that has determined this year's winners. For those with an aversion to clicking on links, the URL for that page is https://www.facebook.com/CabaretMAC/ MAC President Lennie Watts describes the event: "It will be a split-screen on Facebook. I will be at my apartment and Amy Wolk and Lorinda Lisitza will be at theirs. I am currently trying to get my cell number to all of the nominees so if they win they can call my cell and make a short speech." It may not be as much fun, as glamorous, as exciting as a live ceremony but it still shows an optimism and a fortitude to not get weighed down by the current state of the world, it shows a determination to continue to live life, only with a few concessions and compromises. One hopes that some day in the future, when things have calmed down, those MAC Award recipients will be able to gather together in one of the Manhattan nightclubs, on a cabaret stage, and perform a song in celebration - anyone who knows Lennie Watts knows that the chances of that happening are overwhelmingly positive.

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmIn the meantime, dear MAC Board, thank you for continuing your mission and advocating for your community; and nominees, please know that you are valued members of an art form that, in spite of an unsubstantiated rumor that has been circulating for a couple of decades, is not dying. You're all here and, still, raising your voices. Let them ring out loud tomorrow night at 7 pm, no matter whose names are called out because you are all winners.

The 2020 MAC Award Nominees are:

FEMALE VOCALIST

Corinna Sowers Adler BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pm
Second Stories; Songs from the Heart; Winter Song
The Triad, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center

Cynthia Crane
This Is a Changing World, My Dear
Don't Tell Mama

Sally Darling
And Kurt Weill Begat Kander & Ebb
Don't Tell Mama, Urban Stages

Dawn Derow
The House That Built Me
Laurie Beechman Theatre

Ann Kittredge
Fancy Meeting You Here: An Evening of Ahrens & Flaherty; Movie Nite
Feinstein's/54 Below, Urban Stages, Feinstein's at Vitello's, The Beach Cafe

WENDY SCHERL
Town & Country; You'll See
Laurie Beechman Theatre, Davenport's, BJ Ryan's Magnolia Room

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmMaureen Taylor
Cosmic Connections: The Lyrics of Michael Colby
Don't Tell Mama

Lisa Viggiano
From Lady Day to The Boss
Pangea, Don't Tell Mama

MALE VOCALIST

Ari Axelrod
A Celebration of Jewish Broadway
Birdland Theater, The Kranzberg (St. Louis), Skokie Theatre (Chicago) BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pm

Bob Diamond
The Game of Life
Don't Tell Mama

Kim David Smith
Kim Sings Kylie; Morphium Kabarett; A Wery Weimar Christmas; Live at Club Cumming
Joe's Pub, Club Cumming, Café Sabarsky, Evolution Theatre Company (Columbus, OH)

MAJOR ARTIST - FEMALE

Sue Matsuki
How's That for Openers?, A Hep Happy Holiday, Ella and Me
Don't Tell Mama, Urban Stages, Maureen's Jazz Room, BJ Ryan's Magnolia Room

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmGretchen Reinhagen
Take It With Me
Laurie Beechman Theatre, Pangea

Julie Reyburn
Anywhere We Are
Don't Tell Mama

MAJOR ARTIST - MALE

Eric Comstock
Saturdays at Birdland
Birdland

Jeff Harnar
Carried Away: Jeff Harnar Sings Comden & Green; On the East Side of Heaven; Too Marvelous for Words: 1930s Songs; Because of You: Fifties Gold; Jeff Harnar Sings BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmCole Porter
Birdland Theater, The Beach Cafe, Laurie Beechman Theatre; BJ Ryan's Magnolia Room

NEW YORK DEBUT - FEMALE

ROBERTA FELDHUSEN
Who's That Woman?
Don't Tell Mama

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmJOANNE HALEV
Like a Perfumed Woman
Birdland Theater, Urban Stages

MARGE HELENCHILD
I'm Not That Girl
Don't Tell Mama, The Duplex

Liora Michelle
The Greedy Soprano
Don't Tell Mama BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pm

Gerrilyn Sohn
Something Cool
Don't Tell Mama

REGINA ZONA
Becoming the Queen 2.0
The Triad, BJ Ryan's Magnolia Room, SOTA

NEW YORK DEBUT - MALE

Sean Patrick Murtagh
Mario! A Salute to The Great Lanza
The Green Room 42

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmSCOTT RANERI
Marvelous Mr Marzo
Don't Tell Mama

Mark William
Come Croon with Me
The Green Room 42, The Actor's Temple

CELEBRITY ARTIST

Charles Busch
Native New Yorker
Feinstein's/54 Below

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmNatalie Douglas
Tributes series: Roberta Flack, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Nancy Wilson, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell
Birdland, Feinstein's at the Nikko, The Pheasantry (London)

Joanna Gleason
Feinstein's/54 Below

Andrea McArdle AND Donna McKechnie
Feinstein's/54 Below

Mark Nadler
The Old Razzle Dazzle
Laurie Beechman Theatre, Café Sebarsky

IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION/DRAG ARTIST

Doris Dear
More Gurl Talk; Doris Dear Christmas Special
Don't Tell Mama, Music Theater of CT, Cherry Grove Community House Theater, The Triad

Sutton Lee Seymour
Dragflix
Laurie Beechman Theatre

CISSY WALKEN
The Invasion; Trans Awareness Week Kickoff; Crown It
Stonewall Inn, Rockbar

MAJOR IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION/DRAG ARTIST

Joey Arias
Strange Fruit
Laurie Beechman Theatre

BenDeLaCreme
Ready to Be Committed
Laurie Beechman Theatre

Jinkx Monsoon
The Ginger Snapped
Joe's Pub

MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER - FEMALE

ANDREA AXELROD
After the Bawl
Don't Tell Mama

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmLena Moy-Borgen
Glam Girl in a Grunge World
Don't Tell Mama

LYNDA RODOLITZ
Animal Magnetism
Don't Tell Mama

MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER - MALE

John Burns
John Burns Is a Sexy Beast
The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama

Michael Kirk Lane
Just Because
Don't Tell Mama BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pm

DUO/GROUP

THE DRINKWATER BROTHERS (John Drinkwater, Matthew Drinkwater)
Don't Tell Mama, The Green Room 42, Birdland Theater, West End Lounge

MAMA'S BOYS (Tommy J. Dose, Brian Kalinowski, Paul Pilcz, Jon Satrom)
Mama's Boys
Don't Tell Mama

Lena Moy-Borgen AND Cheo Bourne
Moy-Borgen and Bourne's Office Party
Don't Tell Mama

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmTHOSE GIRLS (Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack, Wendy A. Russell)
Those Girls Sing The Boys; An Evening with Those Girls; Those Girls Sing The Boys Volume 1.2 Unplugged
Laurie Beechman Theatre, BJ Ryan's Magnolia Room, Pangea

MAJOR DUO/GROUP

Kim Grogg AND Lennie Watts
Hometown Heroes
Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Beach Cafe

Sean Harkness, Marcus Simeone, Lina Koutrakos
Clearly Now Season 2
Don't Tell Mama, Urban Stages

KT Sullivan AND Jeff Harnar
Sullivan and Harnar sing Harnick and Strouse
Laurie Beechman Theatre

PIANO BAR INSTRUMENTALIST

Nate Buccieri
Don't Tell Mama, Brandy's

GERRY DIEFFENBACH
Don't Tell Mama, The Duplex

William TN Hall
Don't Tell Mama, Brandy's, The Duplex

Brian J. Nash
The Duplex

Joe Regan
Don't Tell Mama

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER FEMALE

Liz Lark Brown
Brandy's

Michelle Dowdy
Don't Tell Mama

MARIA GENTILE
The Duplex

Tara Martinez
Don't Tell Mama

Alison Nusbaum
Don't Tell Mama

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmJennifer Pace
Brandy's

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER MALE

Bobby Belfry
Brandy's

Tommy J. Dose
Don't Tell Mama

BRIAN KALINOWSKI
Don't Tell Mama

Paul Pilcz
Don't Tell Mama

JON SATROM
Don't Tell Mama, Brandy's

RESTAURANT/HOTEL LOUNGE/HAPPY HOUR ENTERTAINER

Clare Cooper
Don't Tell Mama

Ricky Ritzel
Don't Tell Mama

Sheree Sano
Don't Tell Mama, Spoonfed NYC

Bill Zeffiro
La Rivista, Parnell's

ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTALIST

Sean Harkness, guitar
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 25th Anniversary Show (Feinstein's/54 Below), Lucille Carr-Kaffashan/How the Light Gets In (Don't Tell Mama), Kathleen Turner/Finding My Voice (Arena Stage), Vocalmania (Birdland Theater, Zinc Bar), Ronny Whyte Quartet (Jazz at Kitano)

Tom Hubbard, bass
Marilyn Maye/I Wish I Were 90 Again (Feinstein's/54 Below), Tony Yazbeck/The Floor Above Me (Appel Room, Feinstein's/54 Below), Isabelle Georges/Oh, La, La! (Feinstein's/54 Below), Rosemary Loar/Everything's Coming Up Rosie (Don't Tell Mama), Sue Matsuki/How's That for Openers? (Don't Tell Mama, Urban Stages)

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmDon Kelly, drums
Those Girls Sing The Boys (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Lynda Rodolitz/Animal Magnetism (Don't Tell Mama), Leanne Borghesi and Marta Sanders/Show Broads (Birdland), Stephen Mosher/The Storyteller (Don't Tell Mama), Le Scandal (Laurie Beechman Theatre)

Matt Scharfglass, bass
Those Girls Sing The Boys (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Lisa Viggiano/From Lady Day to The Boss (Don't Tell Mama), Lynda Rodolitz/Animal Magnetism (Don't Tell Mama), Kim Grogg and Lennie Watts/Hometown Heroes (Laurie Beechman Theatre)

RECURRING SERIES

THE AMERICAN POPULAR SONGBOOK SERIES
Produced by Linda Amiel Burns
The Green Room 42

PIANO BAR LIVE
Produced by Scott Barbarino
The Duplex, Brandy's

Ricky Ritzel'S BROADWAY
Created and produced by Ricky Ritzel, staging and choreography by Jay Rogers and Aaron Morishita
Don't Tell Mama

SALON
Mark Janas, creator, host, artistic director; Tanya Moberly, executive producer
Don't Tell Mama

SPOTLIGHT ON YOU OPEN MIC
Produced and hosted by Natasha Castillo
53 Above

SPECIAL PRODUCTION

MAMA'S NEXT BIG ACT
Produced by Don't Tell Mama and Lennie Watts
Don't Tell Mama

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pmMeg Flather SONGS: A CABARET SISTERHOOD
Written and produced by Meg Flather, directed by Lennie Watts, musical direction by Tracy Stark
Don't Tell Mama

Sherie Rene Scott AND Norbert Leo Butz: TWOHANDER
Starring Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz, written by Sherie Rene Scott, directed by Dick Scanlan, musical directed by Todd Almond.
Feinstein's/54 Below

EMCEE

Corinna Sowers Adler
Music at the Mansion
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center

Natasha Castillo
Spotlight on You Open Mic
53 Above

Amy Wolk
I Only Have Lies for You
Laurie Beechman TheatreBWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pm

DIRECTOR

Jeff Harnar
Dawn Derow/The House That Built Me (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Renee Katz/When It Happens to You (Don't Tell Mama), Anna Bergman/The Best of Bergman (The Beach Cafe), Tovah Feldshuh/Tovah Is Leona (Feinstein's/54 Below), Margo Brown/Margo Sings Mercer (Don't Tell Mama)

Lina Koutrakos
Sue Matsuki/How's That for Openers? (Don't Tell Mama, Urban Stages), Ari Axelrod/A Celebration of Jewish Broadway (Birdland Theater), Joanne Halev/Like a Perfumed Woman (Birdland Theater), Doris Dear/The Doris Dear Christmas Special (The Triad), Deborah Stone/Here I Am (Pangea)

Tanya Moberly
Lisa Viggiano/From Lady Day to The Boss (Pangea, Don't Tell Mama), Rian Keating/In This Traveling Heart (Don't Tell Mama), Susanne Mack/Where I Belong (Pangea, Don't Tell Mama), Stephanie Trudeau/Chavela:Think of Me (Don't Tell Mama), Bruno Giraldi/This Is Bruno

Gretchen Reinhagen
Bob Diamond/The Game of Life (Don't Tell Mama), Gerrilyn Sohn/Something Cool (Don't Tell Mama), Irenka Jakubiak and Evan Mittman/Cheek to Cheek (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Becca Kidwell/Fangirl (Don't Tell Mama), Bennett Silverstein/Born to Be Bennett (Don't Tell Mama)

Lennie Watts
Those Girls/Those Girls Sing The Boys (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Lynda Rodolitz/Animal Magnetism (Don't Tell Mama), Meg Flather/Outbound Plane (Don't Tell Mama, Urban Stages), Meg Flather Songs; A Cabaret Sisterhood (Don't Tell Mama)

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Paul Greenwood
Anita Gillette/Chapter 3 (Birdland), Austin Pendleton and Barbara Blier/How About Love? (Pangea), Randa McNamara (Don't Tell Mama), Maren and Angela Show (Don't Tell Mama), Susanne Mack/Where I Belong (Don't Tell Mama, Pangea)

Alex Rybeck
Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway/Broadway the Calla-Way (Feinstein's/54 Below), Joanne Halev/Like a Perfumed Woman (Birdland Theater), Ann Kittredge/Fancy Meeting You Here: An Evening of Ahrens & Flaherty (Feinstein's/54 Below, Urban Stages, Feinstein's at Vitello's), Karen Akers/Sing the Shadows Away (Urban Stages, The Beach Cafe), Ari Axelrod, Celia Berk, Kevin Dozier, Karen Oberlin/Four for the Holidays (The Beach Cafe)

Tracy Stark
Sidney Myer/Sidney Myer Live (Pangea), Meg Flather/Outbound Plane (Don't Tell Mama, Urban Stages), Kim David Smith/Kim Sings Kylie; Christmas Show (Joe's Pub, Club Cumming, Neue Galerie), Lisa Viggiano/From Lady Day to The Boss Pangea, Don't Tell Mama), Roberta Feldhusen/Who's That Woman?

Gregory Toroian
Sue Matsuki/A Hep Happy Holiday, Ella and Me, How's That for Openers? (Don't Tell Mama, Urban Stages, Maureen's Jazz Room, BJ Ryan's Magnolia Room), Lauren Frazza (Pangea), Kati Neiheisel/That Holiday Feeling (Don't Tell Mama), Jackie Draper/Repeal the Blues (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Suzanna Ross/Bewitched (Don't Tell Mama, The Triad)

Steven Ray Watkins
Those Girls Sing The Boys (Laurie Beechman Theatre, Pangea), Lynda Rodolitz/Animal Magnetism (Don't Tell Mama), Lennie Watts and Kim Grogg /Hometown Heroes (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Mama's Next Big Act (Don't Tell Mama)

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Armando Bravi - The Duplex
Anthony Fett/Gayer Than Christmas, John Burns/John Burns Is a Sexy Beast, Hillary Clinton's Song Cycle: Witness, Harmonic Proposal/I Can't Even

ADAM DeCARLO - Don't Tell Mama
Mama's Boys, Sue Matsuki/How's That for Openers?, Amy Beth Williams/Meet Me at the Bar, Julie Reyburn/Anywhere We Are, Michael Kirk Lane/Just Because

Jason Ellis - 53 Above
NY Cosplay Cabaret, Groovin' on a Sunday, Bronwyn Rucker/Bronwyn's Old Fashioned Christmas, Spotlight on You Open Mic, Evelyn Sullivan/In the Dark

JONNY MERCADO - Don't Tell Mama
Meg Flather/Outbound Plane, Lynda Rodolitz/Animal Magnetism, Amy Beth Williams/Great Ladies, Great Songs, Marieann Meringolo/Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Meg Flather Songs: A Cabaret Sisterhood

Alison Nusbaum - Don't Tell Mama
Bob Diamond/The Game of Life, Arturo Padilla/Angel, Rian Keating/In this Traveling Heart, Lucille Carr-Kaffishan/How the Light Gets In, Mary Ellen Ryan/No Apologies

Jean-Pierre Perreaux - The Laurie Beechman Theatre
Mark Nadler/The Old Razzle Dazzle, Jennifer Barnhart/It's About Time, Eric Michael Gillett/Stop This Train, KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar/Sullivan and Harnar sing Harnick and Strouse, Dawn Derow/The House That Built Me

SONG

ASKING FOR IT
Music and lyrics by Nora Terzo

EVERYTHING MUST GO
Music by Matthew Levine, lyrics by Hillary Rollins

LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE IN LOVE
Music by Alex Rybeck, lyrics by Bob Levy

THIS OLD YEAR
Music by David Alpher, lyrics by Jennie Litt

WHEN MICHAEL WAS THERE
Music and lyrics by Billy Recce

COMEDY/NOVELTY SONG

I'D HAVE REHEARSED
Music and lyrics by Amy Engelhardt

KIND OF GAY
Music by Jeff Hardy, lyrics by David Dreyfus

NOTHING VENTURED...
Music and lyrics by John Forster

A PRIME LITTLE NUMBER
Music by David Alpher, lyrics by Jennie Litt

STRAIGHT GIRL IN THE GAY BAR
Music and lyrics by Billy Recce

RECORDING (LaMott Friedman Award)

John DePalma
Something Shiny

Kevin Dozier
Christmas Eve

Bob Levy
Why Wait?

WENDY SCHERL
You'll See

MAJOR RECORDING

Gretchen Reinhagen
Take It With Me

KT Sullivan AND Mark Nadler
Thanks for the Memory-25 Years of Duets

Stacy Sullivan
Tornado Alley

Max von Essen
Call Me Old Fashioned-The Broadway Standard

Photos of Sidney Myer, Anita Gillette, Karen Mason, the MAC Board and Don Kelly by Helane Blumfield.

Performance photos by Stephen Mosher

BWW Feature: MAC AWARDS Will Be Announced Live Via Facebook Monday. March 30th at 7 pm


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