Callaway Sisters and Bway Stars LuPone, Benanti, Hoffman, and White Among Winners of 2013 BWW NYC Cabaret Awards

Cabaret loves its Callaways!

It's finally official. After more than a month of voting--following a month-long nomination process--approximately 7,000 voters have selected the winners of the New York Cabaret Awards for 2013. Self-proclaimed cabaret "Diva" Ann Hampton Callaway and her Broadway baby sister Liz Callaway are either the principals or connected to four awards out of this year's 18 categories, including "Best Duo or Group Show" for the return after 18 years of their critically-acclaimed sister act Sibling Revelry, and "Best Tribute Show" to Ann for her exciting homage to Sarah Vaughan, From Sassy to Divine. Ann's musicians for her Sarah Vaughan show at Dizzy's Jazz Club at Lincoln Center took the Award for "Best Band or Orchestra," and Alex Rybeck received the most votes as "Best Musical Director" for Sibling Revelry, which was staged in August at 54 Below. Ann won two BroadwayWorld NYC Cabaret Awards last year for "Best Tribute Show" and "Cabaret Show of the Year" for her Streisand Songbook.

Ann Hampton Callaway also finished second for the "Cabaret Show of the Year," which was won by Broadway legend Patti LuPone for her 54 Below show Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda. LuPone wasn't the only Broadway star to capture the most votes in their respective categories. Laura Benanti, who appeared with LuPone in the most recent staging of Gypsy and most recently played the Baroness in the live NBC-TV production of The Sound of Music, was voted as "Best Female Celebrity Vocalist" for her 54 Below show, In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention. Jackie Hoffman, who most recently starred on Broadway in Xanadu and The Addams Family, took the BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award for "Best Musical Comedy Performance," and Terri White, most recently on Broadway in the revival of Follies was honored as performing the "Best One-Show Special Event" for her star turn in July at 54 Below.

Here are all of your 2013 New York Cabaret Award Winners:

Best Band or Orchestra (Three or More Musicians) Ted Rosenthal, Dean Johnson, Tim Horner, Randy Sandke, Dick Oatts for Ann Hampton Callaway: Sarah Vaughan--From Sassy to Divine

Best Director (Tie) Lennie Watts for Billie Roe--1978 New York City Underground (Metropolitan Room);
Susan Winter for Champagne Pam (Pamela Lewis)--Daddy's Little Girl (Laurie Beechman)

Best Revue Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty: 30th Anniversary Celebration (54 Below)

Best CD Release Nina Hennessey: With a Song

Best Duo or Group Show Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway: Sibling Revelry (54 Below)

Best Female Celebrity Vocalist Laura Benanti: In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention (54 Below)

Best Female Jazz Vocalist Jane Monheit (at Birdland and 54 Below)

Best Female Vocalist Champagne Pam (Pamela Lewis): Daddy's Little Girl (Laurie Beechman)

Best Host Producer for Variety Show or Open Mic Susie Mosher: Backstage (54 Below)

Best Male Celebrity Vocalist Clint Holmes: Stop This Train (Cafe Carlyle)

Best Male Vocalist Jonathan Whitton: Black Sheep Carnival (Don't Tell Mama)

Best Musical Comedy Performance Jackie Hoffman: Old Woman, New Material (54 Below)

Best Musical Director Alex Rybeck for Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway: Sibling Revelry (54 Below)

Best One-Show Special Event Terri White: Blues to Broadway (54 Below)

Best Original Song for a Cabaret Show Jason Robert Brown: Twenty-Six Names (54 Below)

Best Tribute Show Ann Hampton Callaway: Sarah Vaughn: From Sassy to Divine (Dizzy's Jazz Club)

Best Variety Show/Recurring Series Sondheim Unplugged: Phil Geoffrey Bond, Producer (54 Below)

Cabaret Show of the Year: Patti LuPone: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda (54 Below, left)

Many of this year's winners will perform at the star-studded 2nd Annual New York Cabaret Awards Show, this year to be staged on Sunday, February 23 from 6:30-8:40 pm at Joe's Pub on 425 Lafayette Street near Astor Place in Manhattan. Hosting once again will be BroadwayWorld's lead cabaret columnist and reviewer Stephen Hanks, who this past year staged his highly-praised debut cabaret show, Beyond American Pie: The Don McLean Songbook (Hanks will perform the show again on February 5 at the Metropolitan Room.). Popular cabaret Musical Director Bill Zeffiro will again be at the piano for this year's show. Tickets are $35 and $25 and can be purchased online through the Joe's Pub website, --END--

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