The Mac Awards: And The Winners Are
The 32nd MAC Awards were held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York City.
And the winners are:
Dawn Derow: My Ship: Songs from 1941: Laurie BeechmanTheatre; Crown and Anchor (Provincetown)
Joshua Lance Dixon: Pack of One: Don’t Tell Mama
MAJOR ARTIST – FEMALE
Natalie Douglas: Tribute shows (Sammy Davis, Jr., Linda Ronstadt, Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey): Birdland
MAJOR ARTIST – MALE
Jeff Harnar: Easy to Love; Sammy Cahn: All the Way; The 1959 Broadway Songbook: Beach Café; Metropolitan Room; Laurie Beechman Theatre
NEW YORK DEBUT – FEMALE
Ann Kittredge: It’s About Time; One Night Only: Metropolitan Room; Don’t Tell Mama; Feinstein’s/54 Below
NEW YORK DEBUT – MALE
David Baida: Unexpected Surprise: Metropolitan Room
Karen Mason: Mason at Mama’s in May; Mason’s Makin’ Music; CD Release Show: Don’t Tell Mama; Davenport’s; The RRazz Room; Birdland
Robin Kradles (Richard Becker): Gambling on Love; Don’t Tell Mama
MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER
Gretchen Reinhagen: #iBlamePaleo: Don’t Tell Mama
SPOKEN WORD ARTIST
DAN RUTH: A Life Behind Bars: Laurie Beechman Theatre
THOSE GIRLS (Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack, Wendy A. Russell): Those Girls; Those Girls Unplugged Laurie Beechman Theatre; Pangea
Eric Comstock AND Barbara Fasano: Various shows: Birdland; Jazz at Kitano; Kaplan Penthouse (Lincoln Center); Mezzrow; Gaslight Theatre (St. Louis); Café Sabarsky
Ricky Ritzel’S BROADWAY: Created and produced by Ricky Ritzel, staging and choreography by Jay Rogers and Aaron Morishita: Don’t Tell Mama
REVUE OR SPECIAL PRODUCTION
MAMA’S NEXT BIG ACT: Produced by Don’t Tell Mama and Lennie Watts: Don’t Tell Mama
Lennie Watts: Mama’s Next BIG Act!: Don’t Tell Mama
Jeff Harnar: Dawn Derow/My Ship: Songs from 1941 (Laurie Beechman Theatre); Anna Bergman/You’re All the World to Me (Feinstein’s/54 Below); Tovah Feldshuh/Aging Is Optional (Feinstein’s/54 Below); Together: 2017 Cabaret Award-Nominated Vocalists (Don’t Tell Mama, Urban Stages); Margo Brown/Margo Sings Mercer (Metropolitan Room)
Tracy Stark: Meg Flather/Hold on Tight (Don’t Tell Mama); Gretchen Reinhagen/#iBlamePaleo (Don’t Tell Mama); Kim David Smith/Morpheum Kabarett (Pangea, Café Sabarsky, Crown & Anchor); Peggy Eason (Laurie Beechman Theatre); Karen Kohler/The Home I Love-From Birdland to Tel Aviv (Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco)
Jean-Pierre Perreaux, Metropolitan Room: Annie Ross; Stacy Sullivan/A Night at the Troubador; Marissa Mulder/Be Here Now: The Songs of Ray Lamontagne; Marilyn Maye/Marilyn by Request; Gunhild Carling/The Gunhild Carling Experience (all at Metropolitan Room)
Sean Harkness, guitar: Kathleen Turner (Ripley Grier New Studio, Philadelphia Theatre Company): Keith Richards/Sarah Dash (Joe’s Pub); KJ Denhert (55 Bar); Love Cures benefit concert (Symphony Space); Stacy Sullivan/A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee (Sheen Center)
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER – MALE
Tommy J. Dose (Don’t Tell Mama)
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER – FEMALE
Elaine Brier (Don’t Tell Mama)
PIANO BAR INSTRUMENTALIST
GERRY DIEFFENBACH (Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex)
RECORDING (LaMott Friedman Award)
Josephine Sanges: Finding Beauty: Celebrating Ann Hampton Callaway
Karen Mason: It’s About Time
“I CAN TELL TIME”: Music by Ben Schaechter; Lyrics by Dan Kael
“GO INTO FINANCE”: Music and lyrics by Billy Recce
SHOW OF THE YEAR
Natalie Douglas: Tributes Residency Created by and starring Natalie Douglas, musical direction by Mark Hartman and Brian Nash (Birdland)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD
Ken Fallin’s Broadway: New York Pops and Marvelous Marilyn Maye
“The astonishing Marilyn Maye sings with the magnificent New York Pops led by Maestro Steve Reineke this Friday evening, March 24th at Carnegie Hall. They are remarkable talents and remarkable people.
Cabaret legend Marilyn Maye takes the stage with The New York Pops for a program of standards and musical theater classics that make clear why she’s been celebrated as one of America’s greatest jazz singers for more than 50 years. Hear favorites by composers who include Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Loesser, and Sondheim, as well as Maye’s special version of “Too Late Now,” which was selected by the Smithsonian Institution for its permanent collection of 20th-century recordings.
My View: The Only Thing Missing Was A Latte ( with extra foam) Marcy & Zina Party at 54 Below
The only thing missing at last night’s party for Marcy and Zina was a Latte choice in the beverage section on the menu at 54 Below (with extra foam). The show, titled Make Your Own Party: The Songs of Goldrich and Heisler was conceived by Scott Coulter and performed by a cast of five. It celebrated over three decades of quirky, heartfelt and utterly contemporary romantic comedy songs written by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich.
From “Taylor the Latte Boy” to under appreciated altos we were introduced to the cast of characters that inspired these inseparable, irreverent friends to write over three hundred and counting musical love letters to the city, the theatre, and the people who make them sing. The evening was filled with the heart felt stories that these two award winning women have created and was performed by a first rate cast of Broadway super singers. The lyrics, the music, the luscious harmonies…it was the best party of music I’ve ever been invited to.
The Performers: Jill Abramowitz, Cole Burden, Alex Getlin, Joe Kinosian, Kelli Rabke, and Austin Rivers.
Joe Kinosian,piano, Matt Scharfglass, bass
Marcy & Zina have been performing and writing together since 1992. Their critically acclaimed romantic comedy songs have been featured in venues across the world, recorded by artists across many genres, and appear in numerous folios and collected works. Their Off-Broadway musical Dear Edwina earned them a Drama Desk nomination, and other works have been produced by regional powerhouses such as Paper Mill playhouse, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Goodspeed, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Their shows include Ever After, JUnie B Jones, and The Great American Musical, based on the bestselling book by auther/director Julie Andrews.
Reeve Carney: Singing The Divas
After countless sellout performances, Reeve Carney returned to The Green Room 42 to play another solo concert while starring in Hadestown on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Dorian Gray on Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” Riff Raff in Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Reimagining, as well as originating the role of Peter Parker in Julie Taymor/U2’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. For one night only Reeve performed a collection of songs traditionally sung by Broadway and vocal divas. Starting out was the perfect song to make us take notice. “Ladies Who Lunch” from Company, never sounded so nuanced, poignant or jazzy.
Next up was “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, “Beauty School Dropout” from Grease and “Losing My Mind” from Follies. Reeve’s girlfriend Eva Noblezada talked him into doing the later song. Reeve has a style that combines rockabilly flare with jazz and rock. It is unique and this spin adds a new take on these familiar songs.
Having shared a dressing room with Patti LuPone “Anything Goes” was sung as a tribute. Not leaving out the great Ethel Merman “”I Got the Sun in the Mornin’ (and the Moon at Night)” from Annie Get Your Gun was delivered ala Reeve Carney.
Dame Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger” was a tribute to the 007 genre and brought back memories of Jeff Buckley.
In high school Reeve was not in the schools plays but played “Whatever Lola Wants” for a production of Damn Yankees.
Judy Garland’s iconic “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” was done with pop excellence and a sweetness that made this song his own.
It was at this point that unfortunately I had to leave, as the concert started a half an hour late and if you take a bus out of the city on Sunday, the last one leaves at 11pm. I apologize profusely to Reeve, but was able to critique the rest of the show from a livestream.
Lena Horne’s jazzy, soulful version of “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess hit all the right notes. Liza Minnelli’s “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret was subtle and powerful.
On piano he brought Carol King’s,”Natural Woman” to life, but this version was inspired by Ms. Aretha Franklin.
Still on piano and singing one of his own songs “Up Above The Weather,” a hauntingly wonderful composiition. I look forward to when Reeve does write a Broadway musical.
Back on guitar a tribute to Angela Lansbury “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy. If you have never heard Reeve’s take on these classic songs, you will hear a fresh, new and really different, but oh so unique vibe.
Closing out the night “There’s A Place For Us” from West Side Story.
Reeve is a musical genius, whose prowess on the guitar, piano and vocals is otherworldly.
You can catch Reeve on April 23, 2023 at 9:30 at The Green Room 42 singing his own music. Ask for “Resurrection,” this is one fabulous song.
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