Molly Pope and Karen Mason Among Winners of 2016 MAC Awards | Playbill

News Molly Pope and Karen Mason Among Winners of 2016 MAC Awards Top talent at NY nightclubs honored in 27 categories.
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Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs held its 30th annual awards gala March 29 at BB King’s Blues Club in Times Square.

Several consistent favorites were among the winners, including Karen Mason, Molly Pope and Stacy Sullivan. As previously announced, a Lifetime Achievement Award went to songwriter Amanda McBroom,he Board of Directors Award was given to photographer Maryann Lopinto and the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Award was presented to The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy and Friends Cabaret Initiative.

Here is a list of the 2016 nominees, with the winners in bold and preceded with an asterisk (*):

Musical Comedy Performer

Bill Dyszel

* Barbara Malley (tie)

Charlotte Patton

* Molly Pope (tie)

Impersonation/Characterization/Drag Artist

Dorothy Bishop

* Doris Dear

Jinkx Monsoon


Raissa Katona Bennett And Kenneth Gartman

Savannah Brown & Chase O'Donnell

* Kim Grogg And Kim Sutton

Major Duo/Group

* Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

Barb Jungr And John McDaniel

Tracy Stark And Marcus Simeone


* Another Hundred People

Somewhere In This Song: The Music And Lyrics Of Nicholas Levin

Turn The Beat Around

Recurring Series

It's Just A Number

Open Mic @ The Met

* Ricky Ritzel's Broadway


Special Production

* Mama's Next Big Act

Metrostar Talent Challenge

Reinhagen Redux



Tom Gamblin, Metrostar Talent Challenge

* Bobbie Horowitz, It's Just A Number

Dana Lorge, The Dana Lorge Variety Show

Susan Winter & Deb Berman, Open Mic @ The Met

Ensemble Instrumentalist

Peter Calo, Guitar

Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Cello

* Sean Harkness, Guitar

Tom Hubbard, Bass

Matt Scharfglass, Bass

Warren Vaché, Cornet

Piano Bar Instrumentalist

* Nate Buccieri

Patrick Degennaro

Gerry Dieffenbach

William TN Hall

Brian Nash

Restaurant/Hotel Lounge Instrumentalist

Matt Baker

Claire Cooper

Lana Reign

* Sheree Sano

Bill Zeffiro

Piano Bar Singing Entertainer – Female

Elaine Brier

Michelle Dowdy

Tara Martinez

* Jennifer Pace

Laura Pavles

Heidi Weyhmueller

Piano Bar Singing Entertainer – Male

Joe Ardizzone

William Blake

Adam Chandler

* Tommy J. Dose

Gregg Goodbrod

Jon Satrom

Musical Director

Rick Jensen

Daryl Kojak

Tracy Stark

* Steven Ray Watkins


Eric Michael Gillett

Lina Koutrakos

Tanya Moberly

* Lennie Watts

Technical Director

* Collette Black (Don't Tell Mama)

Adam Decarlo (Don't Tell Mama)

K.J. Hardy & Amanda Raymond (Feinstein's/54 Below)

Abby Judd (Laurie Beechman Theater)

Jonathan Mercado (Metropolitan Room)

Recording (Lamott Friedman Award)

Maxine Linehan Beautiful Songs

Myriam Phiro V Oyages

* Jim Speake Sweet Life

Major Recording

Annaleigh Ashford Lost In The Stars

* Barbara Fasano Busy Being Free

Marcus Simeone And Tracy St Ark Marcus Simeone Alone... With Tracy Stark


Another Time

* Hold On Tight

In My Head

Somebody In Love

Soon As You Let Me Go

Comedy/Novelty Song

The Big Apple Lingo

The Book Group

* The Egg Nog Song (tie)

* The Mermaid And The Whale (tie)

Way, Way Back

Show Of The Year

Another Hundred People (Kt Sullivan And Jeff Harnar)

Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band

Judy And Liza! Together Again (Tommy Femia And Rick Skye)

Guinness World Records Official Attempt – The Longest Variety Show Ever

* Mason At Mama's In March (Karen Mason)

Other winners:

Female Vocalist

* Tanya Moberly Songs I Feel Like Singing at Don’t Tell Mama

Male Vocalist

* Kristoffer Lowe You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me at the Metropolitan Room

Major Artist

* Stacy Sullivan Since You've Asked at the Metropolitan Room

Celebrity Artist

* Karen Mason Mason at Mama’s in March; Love Secrets of the Ancient Divas; Next to Norma; Christmas! Christmas! Christmas! at Don’t Tell Mama, Rrazz Room (New Hope), Rrazz Room at the Prince (Philadelphia), Kennedy Center, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

New York Debut – Female

* Natalie Arneson Mama Drama at The Duplex

New York Debut – Male

* Charles Baran Recipes for Disaster! at the Metropolitan Room

Nominees are voted anonymously by the general membership.

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) was founded in 1983, primarily as an organization for cabaret owners, managers and booking agents to meet and exchange ideas. The organization started accepting performers in 1985. MAC’s mission is "to advance the art and business of live entertainment, heighten public awareness of the field’s contributions and vitality, to honor its creativity, to build its current and future audiences, and to speak out as an influential voice on behalf of MAC members and the industry at large." The MAC Awards Gala will be held at BB King’s Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42 St., between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Tickets start at $50. For additional information on MAC, to become a member, or to order tickets to the event, visit

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