The Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) has announced the 2019 MAC Award nominees. The nominees, in a majority of the categories, were determined by votes cast by the active MAC membership. Special committees selected the nominees in the Ensemble Instrumentalist, Piano Bar Instrumentalist, Piano Bar Singing Entertainer (Female; Male), Recording (LaMott Friedman), Major Recording, Song and Comedy/Novelty Song categories.
The Hanson Award, presented by the Board of Directors to a performer who has done excellent work over a sustained period of time and has not yet been recognized with a MAC Award nomination, will be awarded to Teresa Fischer.
As previously announced, Karen Mason receives the Lifetime Achievement Award, Joe Iconis receives the Board of Directors Award, MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET receives Show of the Year, and Ben Cameron and his BROADWAY SESSIONS receives the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Award.
The winners will be revealed as the envelopes are opened live at the 33rd Annual MAC Awards on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm at Sony Hall in New York City. Until that moment, only the independent accountants know who the winners are. The winners in certain categories will perform live at the show. All nominees in those categories are rehearsed in advance so they are prepared to perform in the event they are the winner.
The MAC Awards ceremony is produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, with musical direction by Bobby Peaco. The event is open to the public. Tickets are available at www.macnyc.com or at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/.
The 2019 MAC Award Nominees are:
MAJOR ARTIST - FEMALE
MAJOR ARTIST - MALE
NEW YORK DEBUT - FEMALE
NEW YORK DEBUT - MALE
Trevor Nalepka As Cissy Walken
MAJOR IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION/DRAG ARTIST
Monet X Change
MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER
Ira Lee Collings
Michael Kirk Lane
Lena Moy-Borgen AND Cheo Bourne
Christina Connors, Kenneth Gartman, Christopher Hudson Myers
JAZZ BASTARDS (Jenny Lee Mitchell, Glen Heroy, Aldo Perez, Matt Kanelos, Nick Parker)
Evelyn Sullivan & Jason Ellis
Linda and Laura Benanti
Barbara Fasano and Eric Comstock
Marcus Simeone, Lina Koutrakos, Sean Harkness
American Popular Song Society Series
It's Just A Number
Ricky Ritzel's Broadway
Spotlight On You Open Mic
Broadway Princess Party
Mama's Next Big Act
Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad On Craig's List
Rex Benincasa, percussion
Don Kelly, drums/percussion
Matt Scharfglass, bass
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT INSTRUMENTALIST
William TN Hall