B.B. Kings was the place to be on Thursday evening, March 29th for a night of congratulations in the closely knit Cabaret Community.
With all the diverse and numerous categories, the presenters, performers and special Awards – - – it was a long night.
Hosted by the multi-talented Jason Graae (who came in from Hollywood for the occasion), there were laughs aplenty. This was the Year of the Songwriter and so special Lifetime Achievement Awards were awarded to Ervin Drake (Good Morning, Heartache, It Was A Very Good Year, I Believe), to David Friedman ( Listen To My Heart, Rich Famous and Powerful, We Can Be Kind); Board of Directors Awards to Francesca Blumenthal, John Bucchino and Julie Gold; the Hanson Award to Rosemary Loar.
(Rick Skye with Tommy Femia (above) won best Due for Judy & Liza Together Again!
The Winners in the various categories included:
Female Vocalist: Janice Hall
Male Vocalist: Craig Pomranz
Major Artist/Female or Duo: Terese Genecco
Major Artist Male: Eric Michael Gillett
Celebrity Artist: Marilyn Maye
New York Debut Female: Lauren Fox
New York Debut Male: T. Oliver Reid
Musical Comedy Performer: Joan Jaffe
Duo/Group: Tommy Femia & Rick Skye
Variety Production/Recurring Series: Wednesday Night at the Iguana
Open Mic: Salon
Host, Variety Show: Dana Lorge
Benefit: Cabaret Cares
Revue/Special Production: MetroStar Talent Challenge
Piano Bar/Singing Entertainer: Alison Nusbaum
Piano Bar/Instrumentalist: Bill Zeffiro
Director: Peter Napolitano
Technical Director: Jean-Pierre Perreaux
Song: He’s On His Way (Stamper/Rose)
Special Material: Universal Truth – Bill Zeffiro
Recording Award: H2 (Sean Harness, Mike Herriott)
Show of the Year: Terese Genecco
Winners performed or had their songs performed and there were several noteworthy acceptance speeches, especially by David Friedman.