The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs celebrated the 23rd Annual MAC Awards on Monday, May 18th at 7:30pm at B.B. King Blues Club (237 West 42nd St, Between Broadway 8th Avenue).
This year's performers/presenters included Polly Bergen (Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award), Klea Blackhurst, Tyne Daly, Karen Mason, Marilyn Maye, John McDaniel, Rex Reed, Steve Ross, and Julie Wilson among others.The winners for the 23rd Annual MAC Awards honoring excellence in New York City cabaret, comedy and jazz were announced last evening at B.B. King Blues Club.
Taking part in a special tribute in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Motown and its contribution to expanding the American Songbook were nominees for Best Male/Female Vocalist: Raissa Katona Bennett, Jenna Esposito, Terese Genecco, Julie Reyburn, Marcus Simeone, Kim Smith, Jonathan Whitton, and Michael Winther.
The 2009 MAC Awards bestowed the Board of Directors Award to Joey Reynolds and Myra Chanin of the JOEY REYNOLDS SHOW, who consistently promote Cabaret, Comedy and Jazz artists on the long running WOR Radio program. Also receiving the honor was Eva Swan and Vocal Ease for bringing Broadway and Cabaret talent to hospitals, nursing homes and senior center for over a decade. The TimeOut New York Special Achievement Award went to Poor Baby Bree.
Photos by Genevieve Rafter Keddy