Last night, May 4, the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs presented the 2010 MAC Awards at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square. The awards ceremony and show, produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, was hosted by Sharon McNight. Tracy Stark musical directed. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event.
The evening featured performances by Mark Nadler, Laurel Masse, Sean Harkness, Diana Templeton, Lucie Arnaz, Tony DeSare, The Les Paul Trio, Mario Cantone, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, Klea Blackhurst, Julie Reyburn, Terese Genecco, Lina Koutrakos, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, Baby Jane Dexter, Karen Mason, Chuck Sweeney as "Miss Peggy Lee," and more.
The MAC Awards are presented annually to honor achievements in Cabaret, Comedy, and Jazz. The Awards encompass more that two dozen categories such as: vocalists and vocal groups, piano bar and jazz performers, comedy and musical performers, writers of songs and special material, directors, musical directors, recordings, and more. In addition, through special awards, MAC salutes outstanding contributions to the field of live entertainment. For more information, visit www.macnyc.com.
The 2010 MAC Award winners are:
Mary Foster Conklin
Baby Jane Dexter
New York Debut - Female
New York Debut - Male
Stand-Up Comic - Male
Stand-Up Comic - Female
Ricky Ritzel HAS HYSTERICAL BLONDNESS
Variety Production/Recurring Series
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA
ALGONQUIN SALON, OAK ROOM SALON, SALON
Host - Variety Show/Series Or Open Mic
Dana Lorge AND Richard Skipper, WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA
Piano Bar/Restaurant Singing Entertainer
Piano Bar/Restaurant/Hotel Lounge Instrumentalist
Daryl Sherman, "Johnny Mercer: A CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE"
SUSAN WINTER, "LOVE ROLLS ON . . . LIVE!"
"THINGS THAT HAUNT ME," MUSIC AND LYRICS BY BRETT KRISTOFFERSON
Special Musical Material
"IDENTITY THEFT," MUSIC AND LYRICS BY Ray Jessel
Special Honors of the Evening were presented to:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Leslie Uggams
Presented by Brian Stokes Mitchell
MAC Board of Directors Award: Peter Leavy
Presented by K.T. Sullivan
MAC Board of Directors Award: PLAYBILL.COM
Presented by Karen Mason
Hanson Award: Angela Shultz
Presented by Lennie Watts
Time Out New York Award: Brandon Cutrell
Presented by Adam Feldman