2022 MAC AWARD NOMINEES

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) is pleased to announce the 2022 MAC Award nominees. The nominees were determined by votes cast by the active MAC membership, except for the song and recording categories, which were determined by special committees.

CHITA RIVERA and MARTA SANDERS to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The MABEL MERCER FOUNDATION and LENNIE WATTS will each receive a MAC Board of Directors Award.

AARON LEE BATTLE is the Hanson Award winner.
CABARET ON THE COUCH will receive the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series Award.

JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY/PAJAMA CAST PARTY will receive the Show of the Year Award

 

The 36th Annual MAC Awards will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York City. The show is produced by MICHAEL KIRK LANE, and directed by LENNIE WATTS, with musical direction by YASUHIKO FUKUOKA. Tickets are available at www.symphonyspace.org/events/vp-36th-mac-awards For more information, visit www.macnyc.com

MAC’s special honorees of the evening include Two-time Tony Award winner CHITA RIVERA, who receives MAC’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. A theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents, Chita Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history having earned 10 nominations, won twice, and received the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. A versatile actress/singer/dancer, her most recent starring roles include The Visit, the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele on Broadway; the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood; the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, a dazzling musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terrence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele and the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age nine) before receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet from the legendary choreographer George Balanchine. Chita’s first appearance (age 17) was as a principal dancer in Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, and Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009 and received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in 2002. In 2019, Chita performed her solo concert at London’s Cadogan Hall; in 2018 she was honored as a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy; in 2016 she headlined at Carnegie Hall and in 2015, Great Performances aired their special Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do, a retrospective of her extraordinary life and career nationally on PBS. Her current solo CD is entitled And Now I Swing. Her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente. (Photo by Laura Marie Duncan).

MAC also presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to MARTA SANDERS. In a career spanning decades, Marta Sanders continues to draw on her mastery of the American nightclub style with her bold and brassy personality. After arriving in Manhattan, her career led her to the New York cabaret circuit and making her Broadway Debut in the original company of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Marta set the standard for cabaret in New York City and is one of the original winners of Bistro and MAC Award “Outstanding Female Vocalist” and recently Bistro Award for “Consummate Cabaret Artistry.” She has performed in New York’s prestigious venues: Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, Carnegie Hall; New York Nightclubs: Feinstein’s/54 Below, Laurie Beechman, and Birdland. She has performed in many of the historic Manhattan showrooms in their heyday: Rainbow & Stars, Upstairs at Greene Street, Maxim’s, Reno Sweeney’s, Les Mouches, The Ballroom, Eighty Eights, Freddie’s Supper Club, Onstage, and Metropolitan Room. Marta continues to travel, performing in nightclubs and abroad with her one-woman cabaret shows. Her first CD, Corazon del Alma, was a sumptuously orchestrated compilation of standard Latin ballads sung in Spanish, and Panache, which includes original comedy songs by John McMahon, lyricist Jay Jeffries, and was named one of 2012’s top ten CDs, alongside those of Stacy Sullivan and Barbara Cook.

The MAC Awards ceremony is produced by MICHAEL KIRK LANE and directed by LENNIE WATTS, with musical direction by YAZUHIKO FUKUOKA. The event is open to the public. Tickets are available at www.symphonyspace.org/events/vp-36th-mac-awards. For additional information, visit www.MACnyc.com.

The winners will be revealed as the envelopes are opened live at the 36th Annual MAC Awards on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City.

The 2022 MAC Award Nominees are:

FEMALE VOCALIST
SUSAN MACK – Music in the Air at Birdland Theater
AMY BETH WILLIAMS – Beautiful Mystery: The Songs of Leonard Cohen; A Thousand Beautiful Things at Don’t Tell Mama
DEBORAH ZECHER – Jewish Caroling: The Music of Carole King, Carole Bayer Sager, and Carolyn Leigh at Don’t Tell Mama

MALE VOCALIST
SEAN PATRICK MURTAGH – Summer Sunday Soiree, Holiday Test Drive IX at West Bank Cafe, The Green at Lincoln Center, Martuni’s Piano Bar (SF)
KIM DAVID SMITH – Mostly Marlene, A Wery Weimar Christmas at Club Cumming (NYC), Club Cumming on the Coast (Kennebunkport, ME), Adelaide Cabaret Festival
DORIAN WOODRUFF – Studio Musician: The Music of Manilow at Pangea

MAJOR ARTIST – FEMALE
MEG FLATHER – Rodgers and Hammerstein 2021 at Don’t Tell Mama
TANYA MOBERLY – I Love New York Songwriters Part II at Don’t Tell Mama
GABRIELLE STRAVELLI – Various different shows at Birdland, West Bank Cafe

MAJOR ARTIST – MALE
PETER CINCOTTI at Birdland
JASON KRAVITS at Off the Top, Birdland
CRAIG POMRANZ – Welcome Back; We’re Back Again with a Holiday Show at Pangea
DAVID SABELLA – 25Chicago25 at Feinstein’s/54 Below; Pandemic Relief at Pangea

NEW YORK DEBUT
RODERICK FERGUSON –  Overboard!!! at Don’t Tell Mama
CAROLYN GERMAN – Unsolicited Advice at Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex
BRUCE SABATH – Searching for Tevye at Don’t Tell Mama

CELEBRITY ARTIST
NATALIE DOUGLAS – Best of Tributes: The Women (Nina, Dolly, Roberta); Best of Tributes: The Men (Nat, Sammy, Elvis); Tributes: James Taylor; To Nina: Tribute to Nina Simone; Four Women, Four Decades at Birdland Theater, Birdland Jazz Club, Feinstein’s at the Nikko (S.F.), Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael (Indiana), Gulfshore Playhouse (Naples, FL)
ANDRÉ De SHIELDS – Black by Popular Demand at Feinstein’s/54 Below
NORM LEWIS – (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays at Feinstein’s/54 Below
BILLY STRITCH – Billy’s Place at Birdland
LILLIAS WHITE at The Green Room 42

IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION/DRAG ARTIST
FLOTILLA DeBARGE – Corona and FLO; Shots & Shrieks with Nurse Fatass; Do They Flo It’s Christmas? at Pangea
JINKX MONSOON AND BEN DE LA CREME – The Return of the Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show at Town Hall, Lincoln Theatre (Washington, D.C.)
CISSY WALKEN – Hammered Drag Brunch; The Invasion; The Simsinz; Completely at The Rusty Nail, Stonewall Inn, Caveat, Rockbar NYC

MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER
LEANNE BORGHESI – Borghesi’s Back at Don’t Tell Mama
ANDREA BELL WOLFF – Adventures in Vegas at Don’t Tell Mama

DUO/GROUP
ELENA BENNETT AND FRED BARTON – Bennett and Barton: Back in the Swing of Things! at West Bank Cafe
MICHAEL GARIN AND MARDIE MILLIT – The Michael and Mardie Show at West Bank Cafe
DARNELL WHITE AND DAVID LaMARR – Fully Vaccinated at Don’t Tell Mama

MAJOR DUO/GROUP
JIM CARUSO AND BILLY STRITCH – Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel
CLEARLY NOW (Sean Harkness, Lina Koutrakos, Marcus Simeone) – Clearly Now, Season 3 at Don’t Tell Mama, Pangea
ERIC COMSTOCK AND BARBARA FASANO at Birdland

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER – MALE
NATE BUCCIERI at Don’t Tell Mama, Brandy’s; The Duplex
GERRY DIEFFENBACH at Don’t Tell Mama; The Duplex; Stonewall Inn
WILLIAM TN HALL at Don’t Tell Mama; Brandy’s
MICHAEL McASSEY at Pangea
DARNELL WHITE at Brandy’s; Stonewall Inn

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER – FEMALE
ELAINE BRIER at Don’t Tell Mama
MARIA GENTILE at Brandy’s; Stonewall Inn; The Duplex
TARA MARTINEZ at Don’t Tell Mama
ALISON NUSBAUM at Don’t Tell Mama; Brandy’s

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER – MALE
JONATHAN HOOVER at Don’t Tell Mama
BRIAN KALINOWSKI at Don’t Tell Mama
PAUL PILCZ at Don’t Tell Mama
JON SATROM at Don’t Tell Mama, Brandy’s

RESTAURANT/HOTEL LOUNGE/HAPPY HOUR ENTERTAINER
YAZ FUKUOKA at Don’t Tell Mama
ERIC YVES GARCIA at West Bank Cafe
RICKY RITZEL at Don’t Tell Mama
SHEREE SANO at Chez Josephine

ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTALIST
STEVE DOYLE, Bass at Cast Party (Birdland); A Swinging Birdland Christmas (Birdland); Karen Oberlin and Bewitched: The Life and Lyrics of Lorenz Hart (Birdland)
MATT SCHARFGLASS, Bass at Tanya Moberly/I Love New York Songwriters Part II (Don’t Tell Mama), Marnie Klar/A Woman’s Prerogative (Don’t Tell Mama), Debbie Zecher/Jewish Caroling (Don’t Tell Mama), Scott Coulter & Friends/From Dolly Parton to David Bowie (Feinstein’s/54 Below)
SKIP WARD, Bass at Sue Matsuki & Gregory Toroian: Sunday Open Mic & Jazz Brunch (Pangea), Brenda Braxton/After Hours! (Feinstein’s/54 Below); Maria Corsaro/You Taught My Heart to Sing (Pangea); Kati Neiheisel/Yesterday… Once More (Pangea); Sidney Myer (Pangea)

RECURRING SERIES
THE LINEUP WITH SUSIE MOSHER – Produced by Susie Mosher and Hope Royaltey; music direction by Brad Simmons at Birdland Theater
RICKY RITZEL’S BROADWAY – Created and produced by Ricky Ritzel; staged and choreographed by Jay Rogers and Aaron Morishita at Don’t Tell Mama
SALON – Founder, Artistic Director, Host: Mark Janas; Executive Director: Tanya Moberly at Don’t Tell Mama

REVUE OR SPECIAL PRODUCTION
RITA HAYWORTH – THE HEAT IS ON!  – Starring Quinn Lemley, written and directed by Carter Inskeep, produced by Paul Horton, musical director Tom Wilson, costume designer Wendall Going at Don’t Tell Mama
A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS – Created by and starring Billy Stritch, Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso at Birdland
RIAN KEATING: TIME STAMPS – LIFE FRAGMENTS IN STORY AND SONG – Written and performed by Rian Keating; directed by Tanya Moberly; musical direction by Woody Regan at Don’t Tell Mama

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION
CABARET CONVERSATIONS – Conceived, curated, and hosted by Michael Kirk Lane; produced by 92Y School of Music at 92Y website
MARDIE MILLIT: LIVE FROM LOCKDOWN! – Mardie Millit: producer, writer, director, videographer, and star; Michael Garin: pianist, arranger, occasional singer at/on Facebook
OPEN MAC LIVE! – Hosted by and principal performer: Michael McAssey, produced by Peter Nictakis at/on Facebook, YouTube
WEEKLY VIRTUAL SPOTLIGHT ON YOU OPEN MIC – Produced and emceed by Natasha Castillo at/on Facebook, YouTube

EMCEE
JIM CARUSO – Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland
SUSIE MOSHER – The Lineup with Susie Mosher at Birdland Theater

DIRECTOR
BARRY KLEINBORT: Claudine Cassan-Jellison/Hey Frenchy: Stories and Songs from the Pantry (Don’t Tell Mama); Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller/Sin Twisters (Feinstein’s/54 Below); Karen Mason/Christmas! Christmas! Christmas! (Laurie Beechman); Haley Swindal/Back in Business (Feinstein’s/54 Below)
LINA KOUTRAKOS: Dorian Woodruff/Studio Musician: The Music of Manilow (Pangea); Kati Neiheisel/Yesterday…Once More (Pangea); Susan Mack/Music in the Air (Birdland)
TANYA MOBERLY: Amy Beth Williams/Beautiful Mystery – The Songs of Leonard Cohen (Don’t Tell Mama); Rian Keating/Time Stamps – Life Fragments in Story and Song (Don’t Tell Mama); Bruce Sabath/Searching for Tevye (Don’t Tell Mama); Marnie Klar/A Woman’s Prerogative (Don’t Tell Mama); Frank McDonough/Legends of Las Vegas (Don’t Tell Mama)

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
DARYL KOJAK: Celia Berk/Porch Performances (Music at the Mansion); Collection of Solos and Duets from the Great American Songbook/ Beloved Songs from Stage and Screen (Old Dutch Church, Kingston, NY); Tulis McCall/Tulis Talks and Sings (Don’t Tell Mama); ASA/Cabaret Scenes Magazine’s 25th Anniversary (The Green Room 42)
TRACY STARK: Sidney Myer/Sidney Myer at Pangea (Pangea); Meg Flather/Rodgers and Hammerstein 2021 (Don’t Tell Mama); Kim David Smith/Mostly Marlene (Club Cumming); Brenda Braxton/After Hours (Feinstein’s/54 Below); Alice Ripley/Alice Ripley in Concert (The Green Room 42)
BILLY STRITCH: Cast Party (Birdland), Marilyn Maye (Birdland); Linda Eder/Feinstein’s/54 Below; LuAnn DeLessups (Feinstein’s/54 Below)
GREGORY TOROIAN: Sue Matsuki/This Broad’s Way (Pangea), Maria Corsaro/You Taught My Heart to Sing (Pangea); Kati Neiheisel/Yesterday… Once More (Pangea), Dorian Woodruff/Studio Musician—The Music of Manilow (Pangea); Jackie Draper/Spreadin’ Rhythm Around (Laurie Beechman Theatre)

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
ADAM DeCARLO: Meg Flather/Rodgers and Hammerstein 2021; Angela Bacari/One Night Only; Claudine Cassan-Jellison/ Hey Frenchy: Stories and Songs from the Pantry; Deborah Zecher/Jewish Caroling; Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway (all at Don’t Tell Mama)
KJ HARDY (LIGHTS) AND AMANDA RAYMOND (SOUND): Marilyn Maye’s 93rd Birthday Celebration; André De Shields/Black by Popular Demand; Jason Danieley/Reflections; Kelli O’Hara/Diamond Series; Paulo Szot/An Enchanted Evening (all at Feinstein’s/54 Below)
ROCKY NOEL: Leanne Borghesi/Borghesi’s Back (Don’t Tell Mama); Our Sinatra (Birdland Theater); Quinn Lemley/The Heat Is On (Don’t Tell Mama); Marnie Klar/A Woman’s Prerogative (Don’t Tell Mama); Claudine Cassan-Jellison/ Hey Frenchy: Stories and Songs from the Pantry (Don’t Tell Mama)
ALISON NUSBAUM: Rian Keating/Time Stamps; Bruce Sabath/Searching for Tevye; David LaMarr and Darnell White/Fully Vaccinated; Timothy Quinlan/All My Stupid Jobs; Andrea Bell Wolff/Showgirl (all at Don’t Tell Mama)
KELLY WOHLFORD: Tanya Moberly/I Love NY Songwriters Part II; Amy Beth Williams/A Thousand Beautiful Things; American Popular Song Society; Cathy Taylor/Life Hack Unabridged; Jill Senter/La Soirée (all at Don’t Tell Mama)

SONG
INSIDE – Music and Lyrics by Meg Flather
JUST SAY GOODBYE – Music by John Forster, Lyrics by John Forster and Harriet Goldberg
LET THE MUSIC PLAY – Music and Lyrics by Paul Rolnick and David Friedman
WARP AND WEAVE – Music and Lyrics by John Forster
WHILE I’M STILL HERE – Music and Lyrics by Bob Levy

COMEDY/NOVELTY SONG
BOO HOO – Music by John Forster, Lyrics by John Forster, Hillary Rolls, Tom Toce
HELIUM – Music and Lyrics by John Forster
I SURVIVED YOU – Music and Lyrics by Bob Levy
THOSE YEAR-END HOT KISSES – Music and Lyrics by John A. Todras
YOU CAN KEEP THE WINGS – Music and Lyrics by Carolyn German

RECORDING (LaMott Friedman Award)
TINA BURNER – Maybe This Time
CHIP DEFFAA / VARIOUS ARTISTS – Chip Deffaa’s Irving Berlin: Love Songs and Such
DAWN DEROW – My Ship, Songs from 1941
BOB LEVY – While I’m Still Here
MARYA ZIMMET – On the Road to Love

MAJOR RECORDING
PHIL GEOFFREY BOND / VARIOUS ARTISTS – Sondheim Unplugged: The NYC Sessions Vol 1
CLEARLY NOW (Sean Harkness, Lina Koutrakos, Marcus Simeone) – Clearly Now
GAY MARSHALL – Back on Boogie Street, The Songs of Leonard Cohen
KAREN MASON – Let the Music Play
DAVID SABELLA – Time Heals

Cabaret Hotspot congratulates all the nominees!