Voting Now Open in 18 Categories for 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards, Thru 1/5

By Stephen Hanks, BWW NYC Cabaret Columnist and Reviewer

If you're wondering whether or not 2013 was a fantastic year for the cabaret art form in New York, all you have to do is scan the amazing list of nominees for this year's BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards and you'll know it was one of the best ever. But from one year to the next the types of performances can be very different. So while we started the nomination process with 22 categories, we pared it down to 18 due to a lack of candidates in the categories of Male Jazz Vocalist, Singer/Songwriter Show, and Female and Male Debut Shows. A few candidates with nominations in those categories were placed in others, such as Male and Female Vocalist.

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(On a personal note, I want to thank everyone who nominated my show, Beyond American Pie: The Don McLean Songbook, in the Best Male Debut and Best Tribute Show categories. But given my involvement as director and editor for this Awards program--and as host for the Awards show at Joe's Pub on February 23--I felt it proper to eliminate myself from the competition.)

So now it's time for all you cabaret performers and fans to vote for the best singers, musicians, songs, and shows of the year. But before registering your ballots, please keep in mind that we shouldn't turn this process into something similar to voting for the Major League Baseball All-Star Teams, in which everyone can drop an infinite number of ballots in the ballpark boxes or vote multiple times online. Let's be on an honor system. Even if you have multiple email addresses, try to limit your ballot to one per person. To cabaret performer nominees: While we expect people who may have only seen your show to vote in multiple categories, please resist the temptation to solicit votes from people who haven't at least seen your show, let alone anyone else's. Voting will continue until Sunday night January 5 and the winners will be announced later that week. We hope that all the winners will be available to perform in the Awards show on February 23.

To cast your votes for the 2013 New York BWW Cabaret Awards, click on the link below and follow the instructions on the landing page. Once you input your email address, you're good to vote. By the way, if you see a performer's name misspelled or a show misnamed, please email me at: Congrats to all the nominees and best of luck in the final voting!

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2013 New York Cabaret Awards Nominees

Best Band/Orchestra for a Show (Three or More Musicians)

Jack Cavari, Larry Saltzman, John Miller/ Barbara Porteus: Up On the Roof

Sean Harkness, Ted Kooshian, Skip Ward, Rob Mitzner/ Stephen Hanks: Beyond American Pie

Barry Levitt, Tom Hubbard, Sean Harkness, Ray Marchica, Kenny Lavender, Mark Miller, Cliff Lyons, Mayra Casales/Terese Genecco and Her Little Big Band at the Iridium

Michael Kanan, Neal Miner, Rick Montalbano/ Jane Monheit at Birdland

Michael Thomas Murray, Oscar Bautista, Frank Canino, Mike Shapiro, Jay Leslie/ William Blake: Echoes of Etta at Joe's Pub

Ted Rosenthal, Dean Johnson, Tim Horner, Randy Sandke, Dick Oatts/ Ann Hampton Callaway: Sarah Vaughan--From Sassy to Divine

Tracy Stark, Peter Calo, Saadi Zain, David Silliman, Jonathan Kantor/ Billie Roe: 1978 NYC Underground (Tom Waits)

Jon Weber, Peter Calo, Ritt Henn, Kelly Barnett/ Lauren Fox: Canyon Folkies

Jon Weber, Mike Rosengarten, Ritt Henn/ Marissa Mulder: Tom Waits . . . In His Words

Lawrence Yurman, Ray Kilday, Trevor Newman, Damien Bassman/ T. Oliver Reid: Drop Me Off In Harlem

Bill Heller, Jim Cammack, John Hurley, Frank Bellucci/ Champagne Pam: Daddy's Little Girl

Joe Iconis and the Family Band: Liz Lark Brown, Seth Eliser, Molly Hager, Dennis Michael Keefe, MK Lawson, Eric William Morris, Jeremy Morse, Krysta Rodriguez, Rob Rokicki, Mike Rosengarten, Lance Rubin, Jared Weiss, Jason SweetTooth Williams/Rock 'n Roll Jamboree at 54 Below

Best Cabaret Show Director

Dan Foster/ Sibling Revelry (Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway)

Lauren Fox/ Tom Waits: In His Words (Marissa Mulder)

Gerry Geddes/ Someone: Tribute to Matthew Shepard (Parker Scott and Wells Hanley)

Eric Michael Gillett/ The Amanda McBroom Project

Lina Koutrakos/ Quiet Storm (Tanya Holt & Marcus Simeone)

Joe Langworth/ Paulo Szot at 54 Below

Peter Napolitano/ Guide to the Perfect Breakup (Adam Shapiro)

Gretchen Reinhagen/ Multiple Shows

Lennie Watts/ 1978 New York City Underground (Billie Roe)

Susan Winter/ Daddy's Little Girl (Champagne Pam)

Best Cabaret Show Revue

Ahrens & Flaherty: 30th Anniversary Celebration

Broadway Swings at 54 Below

Cabaret Rocks the Rockaways

Joe Iconis and the Family: Rock n' Roll Jamboree

Our Sinatra: A Musical Celebration

The Amanda McBroom Project

Picture Perfect: Songs of Scott Evan Davis

Sing This: The Songs of Jeff Cubeta

Tales of Joni: 54 Sings Mitchell

20th Century Girl: The Lois Morton Songbook

Best CD Release (Solo, Duo or Group): Studio CD Only

David Friedman/ Let Me Fly: David Sings His Own Songs

Shana Farr/ Out of The Shadows

Nina Hennessey/ With a Song

Hopelessly in Love/ The Lyrics of Tom Toce

Barb Jungr/ Stockport to Memphis

Annie Kozuch/ Mostly Jobim

Jane Monheit/ The Heart of the Matter

Steve Schalclin/ Tales From the Bonus Round

Janis Siegel/ Nightsongs-A Late Night Interlude CD

Dwight Thomas Vaughn/ In These Genes

Best Duo or Group Show

Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway/ Sibling Revelry

Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch/ Sunday Nights at Bemelman's Bar

Tanya Holt and Marcus Simeone/ Quiet Storm

Joe Iconis and the Family/ Rock 'n Roll Jamboree

John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey/ Children and Art

Parker Scott and Wells Hanley/ Someone: Tribute to Matthew Shepard

KT Sullivan and Larry Woodard/ KT and Larry Remember Mabel & Bobby

Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor/ The Last Five Years

Best Female Celebrity Vocalist

Christine Andreas/ BeMused

Laura Benanti/ Constant Search of Right Kind of Attention

Ann Hampton Callaway/ Sarah Vaughn: From Sassy to Divine

Liz Callaway/ Coming Around Again

Baby Jane Dexter/ The Rules of the Road

Linda Eder at 54 Below

Linda Lavin/ Now

Patti LuPone/ Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Marilyn Maye/ Maye-den Voyage

Andrea McArdle/ '70s and Sunny

Amanda McBroom/ A Valentine Rose

Faith Prince/ Have a Little Faith

Best Female Vocalist

Carole J. Bufford/ Body & Soul

Lynda D'Amour/ The Hungry Years

Morgan James/ An Evening With . . .at 54 Below

Lianne Marie Dobbs/ Everything Old Is New Again

Jillian Laurain/ My Broadway

Rosemary Loar/ When Harry Met the Duke

Marieann Meringolo/ Orchestrated

Marissa Mulder/ Tom Waits: In His Words

Champagne Pam/ Daddy's Little Girl

Barbara Porteus/ Up On The Roof

Billie Roe/ 1978 New York City Underground (Tom Waits)

Amy Wolk/ Wolk On the Wild Side

Best Female Jazz Vocalist

Sharon Clark/ Blame It On My Youth

Mary Foster Conklin/ Life Is a Bitch: Fran Landesman

Kat Gang/ Beauty and the Beat

Jane Monheit/ at Birdland and 54 Below

Janet Planet at the Metropolitan Room

Joanne Tatham/ Soundtrack New York

Annie Ross at the Metropolitan Room

Catherine Russell at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Best Host/Producer for Variety Show/Recurring Series or Open Mic

Raissa Katona Bennett/ The Concerts for City Greens

Phil Geoffrey Bond/ Sondheim Unplugged

Jim Caruso/ Cast Party

Jamie deRoy/ Jamie deRoy & Friends

Mark Janas and Tanya Moberly/ Salon

Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano/ Winter Rhythms

Dana Lorge/ Dana Lorge's Variety Show

Joseph Macchia/ Cabaret Cares

Susie Mosher/ Backstage

Scott Siegel/ Broadway Ballyhoo

Best Male Celebrity Vocalist

Charles Busch/ Ridin' High

Norbert Leo Butz/ Girls, Girls, Girls

Peter Gallagher/ How'd All You People Get in My Room

Adam Guettel/ An Evening With . . .

Eric Michael Gillett/ Careless Rhapsody: Songs of Lorenz Hart

Clint Holmes/ Stop This Train

Matthew Morrison/ Up Close and Personal

Duncan Sheik/ An Evening With . . .

Paulo Szot/ An Evening With . . .

John Lloyd Young/ My Turn

Best Male Vocalist

Devin Bing and the Secret Service

Tony DeSare/ The Contemporary American Songbook

Gregory Generet/ Regeneration at Smoke

Jeff Harnar/ Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?

Nicolas King/Live at Don't Tell Mama & Iridium

Stearns Matthews/ The Importance of Being STEARNSest

Craig Pomranz/ Love Is The Thing

T. Oliver Reid/ Drop Me Off In Harlem

Ricky Ritzel/ Sings Elaine Stritch

Adam Shapiro/ Guide to the Perfect Breakup

Jonathan Whitton/ Black Sheep Carnival

Best Musical Comedy Performance (Male or Female)

Dorothy Bishop/ The Dozen Divas Show

Robin Kradles/ Icons: Tribute to Women Who Inspire Me

Jackie Hoffman/ Old Woman, New Material

Carly Sakolove/ I Hear Voices

Adam Shapiro/ Guide to the Perfect Breakup

Amy Wolk/ Wolk On the Wild Side

Best Musical Director

Jack Cavari/ Barbara Porteus Up On the Roof

Tedd Firth/ Marilyn Maye Maye-den Voyage

Mark Hartman/ Natalie Douglas Scrapbook 2.0 and Live at Café Carlyle

Bill Heller/ Champagne Pam Daddy's Little Girl

Ian Herman/ Carole J. Bufford Body and Soul

Barry Levitt/ Adam Shapiro Guide to the Perfect Breakup

Michael Thomas Murray/ William Blake/Echoes of Etta II and Birthday Bash

Jon Weber/ Marissa Mulder Tom Waits: In His Words

Don Rebic/ Christine Andreas BeMused

Alex Rybeck/ Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway: Sibling Revelry

Tracy Stark/ Billie Roe 1978 NYC Underground/Tom Waits

Bill Zeffiro/ Lianne Marie Dobbs at Metropolitan Room

Best One-Show Special Event (Performer or Group)

A Tribute to Bobby Short at Allen Room at Lincoln Center

A Tribute to Ervin Drake at Iridium

A Tribute to Julie Wilson at Iridium

William Blake's Birthday Bash at Birdland

Natalie Douglas: Scrapbook 2.0 at Birdland

Jeff Harnar Sings/Alex Rybeck Plays Birdland

Hidden Treasures: The Songs of Larry Kerchner at York Theatre

Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band with Lea DeLaria at The Cutting Room

One Night of Peace and Music: A Tribute to Woodstock at 54 Below

Terri White: Blues to Broadway at 54 Below

Best Original Song for a Cabaret Show

Jason Robert Brown "Twenty Six Names" (Tribute to Sandy Hook Victims)

Scott Evan Davis "I Can Be" for Picture Perfect

Larry Kerchner "What's Your Phobia?" for Jeff Harnar

Barry Levitt/Peter Napolitano "Guide to the Perfect Breakup" for Adam Shapiro

Rosemary Loar "Between the A-Train and the Rainbow" for When Harry Met the Duke

Steve Schalchlin "So Many Days In An Hour" for Tales From the Bonus Round

Amy Wolk/William TN Hall "That's My Dad" for A Wolk On the Wild Side

Bill Zeffiro "A Voice in the Blue" for Terese Genecco

Best Tribute Show (Male or Female)

Ann Hampton Callaway/ Sarah Vaughn: From Sassy to Divine

Mary Foster Conklin/ Life Is a Bitch: Lyrics of Fran Landesman

Eric Michael Gillett/ Careless Rhapsody: Songs of Lorenz Hart

Rosemary Loar/ When Harry Met the Duke

Marissa Mulder/ Tom Waits: In His Words

Ricky Ritzel/ Sings Elaine Stritch

Billie Roe/ Tom Waits: 1978 NYC Underground

Best Variety Show/Recurring Series

Backstage at 54 Below

Broadway Ballyhoo at Laurie Beechman

Broadway on 22nd Street at Metropolitan Room

Cabaret Cares at Laurie Beechman

The Concerts for City Greens at Tudor City

Dana Lorge's Variety Show at Metropolitan Room

Jamie deRoy & Friends at Metropolitan Room/54 Below

MetroStar Talent Challenge at Metropolitan Room

Sondheim Unplugged at 54 Below

The Sophisticates Burlesque at Metropolitan Room

Cabaret Show of the Year (Male or Female)

Carole J. Bufford/ Body & Soul at Metropolitan Room

Ann Hampton Callaway/ Sarah Vaughan: From Sassy to Divine at Dizzy's Jazz Club

Patti LuPone/ Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda at 54 Below

Marissa Mulder/ Tom Waits: In His Words at Metropolitan Room

Marilyn Maye/ Maye-den Voyage at 54 Below

Paulo Szot/ An Evening With . . . at 54 Below

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