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The 2011 Nightlife Awards

Bruce Vilanch, Christine Ebersole, Billy Stritch

By Linda Amiel Burns
The 9th annual Nightlife Awards are different than other award shows.  There are no acceptance speeches and the recipient’s demonstrate why they are winners by actually performing, making this a night of pure entertainment. Scott Siegel conceived and produced the show and twenty-three journalists/critics did the voting choosing the best from NYC’s cabaret, jazz and comedy clubs.  Scott Coulter directed and Tedd Firth served as Musical Director.
Photography By Barry Gordin

 

Bruce Vilanch, Christine Ebersole, Billy Stritch

By Linda Amiel Burns
The 9th annual Nightlife Awards are different than other award shows.  There are no acceptance speeches and the recipient’s demonstrate why they are winners by actually performing, making this a night of pure entertainment. Scott Siegel conceived and produced the show and twenty-three journalists/critics did the voting choosing the best from NYC’s cabaret, jazz and comedy clubs.  Scott Coulter directed and Tedd Firth served as Musical Director.
Photography By Barry Gordin

 

The Emmy winning Bruce Vilanch, writer of the Oscar show for the past 22

Bruce Vilanch

years, hosted the show and kept the pace lively.  Past winner Billy Stritch opened with “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” followed by Jim Caruso of Cast Party fame, who sang a very funny song called “Tone Deaf.”  The wonderful Christine Ebersol sang a tender “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine” followed by a hymnal called “I Can’t Keep From Singing.”  John Pizzarelli was out of town but his wife, Jessica Molaskey and violinist Aaron Weinstein did a bang up job on Gershwin’s “Somebody Loves Me” with Tedd Firth on the piano.

Charles Busch
Karen Olivo

There were celebrity presents such as Karen Olivo (West Side Story) and Charles Busch and Julie Halston (The Divine Sister) and those who did double duty like Karen Akers who performed “It’s All Right With Me” accompanied by Don Rebic, Allen Harris with a beautiful medley “Cottage For Sale” with “Young & Foolish, along with pianist/singer Steve Ross performing “Manhattan Madness.”  Karen Oberlin, winner of Best Jazz Vocalist, sang “Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year” which was included in her Frank Loesser Centennial Tribute show that ran at The Algonquin.

The Harvard Sailing Comedy Team

One of the advantages of show like this is for audiences to get to know some of the entertainers that they might now have seen such as the MetroStar winner, Liz Lark Brown, comedian, Hannibal Burress, the comedy improv group, The Harvard Sailing Team and twin brothers, The Rescignos – all of them worthy of The Nightlife Award this year.  Kudos to Scott Siegel and his team for putting this show together and honoring New York City’s best talent that perform live in clubs around town.

Allan Harris, Karen Oberlin
Billy Stritch, Julie Halston, Bruce Vilanch, Charles Busch
Barbara Siegel
Karen Akers, Jessica Molaskey
Jim Caruso, Christine Ebersole, Billy Stritch
Bruce Vilanch, Jim Caruso
Christine Ebersole
The Resignos
Julie Halston, Karen Olivo
Julie Halston, Billy Stritch
Julie Halston, Billy Stritch, Karen Oberlin, Charles Busch
Scott Siegel, Mark McCombs
Allan Harris, Bruce Vilanch, Scott Siegel, Charles Busch
Allan Harris, Scott Siegel, Charles Busch
Allan Harris

 

 

 



 

OUTSTANDING COMEDIAN IN A MAJOR ENGAGEMENT

COLIN QUINN

         OUTSTANDING CABARET VOCALIST IN A
MAJOR ENGAGEMENT

      CHRISTINE EBERSOLE

OUTSTANDING CABARET DUO OR GROUP IN A MAJOR ENGAGEMENT

JOHN PIZZARELLI & JESSICA MOLASKEY

OUTSTANDING CABARET VOCALIST

LIZ LARK BROWN

OUTSTANDING CABARET DUO OR GROUP

THE RESCIGNOS

OUTSTANDING CABARET COMEDY OR CHARACTERIZATION

MARK MCCOMBS

OUTSTANDING JAZZ VOCALIST

KAREN OBERLIN

OUTSTANDING JAZZ SOLOIST

HARRY ALLEN

OUTSTANDING JAZZ COMBO OR BIG BAND

MICROSCOPIC SEPTET

OUTSTANDING COMEDIAN

HANNIBAL BURRESS

OUTSTANDING COMEDY DUO OR GROUP
HARVARD SAILING TEAM

SPECIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DEBUT

                 AARON WEINSTEIN