By: Sandi Durell
On Monday, April 23rd at Gotham Comedy Club in New York, 208 West 23rd Street, Columnist & Grande Dame of Dish Liz Smith presented the Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award to Kaye Ballard; composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch presented the Bistro Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Popular Music to Melissa Manchester.
And if that weren’t enough, Tony Award-winning choreographer of more than 30 plays and musicals, co-founder of the Faison Firehouse Theater, George Faison presented the Bistro Award for Ongoing Artistry in Jazz to Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Annie Ross, a founding member of the legendary jazz vocal group Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, (who appears weekly at the Metropolitan Room) presented the Bistro Award for Ongoing Excellence as a Jazz Instrumentalist to Warren Vaché.
The evening was hosted by comedian and actor Jim David, and Sara Louise Lazarus directs, with musical direction by Lenny Babbish. In all, a total of 26 awards will be given out during the course of the gala evening
The evening’s festivities included a Champagne reception for the Bistro recipients and Premium Ticket holders (5 pm), followed by the awards presentation and show (6:30 pm).
This year’s Bistro Awards Committee comprises journalists Elizabeth Ahlfors (Cabaret Scenes, CurtainUp.com, and BistroAwards.com); David Finkle (Village Voice, The Huffington Post); Kevin Scott Hall (Edge Media Network, BistroAwards.com); Rob Lester (Cabaret Scenes, NiteLifeExchange.com, TalkinBroadway.com); Erv Raible, executive/artistic director of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University; Roy Sander (BistroAwards.com, chairman of the Advisory Board of MAC), and Mark Dundas Wood (Simply-Showbiz.com, BistroAwards.com). Sherry Eaker, who heads up the Bistro Committee, is the former longtime editor-in-chief of Back Stage, and the producer of the event since its inception.
The Bistro Awards are sponsored by ASCAP and BMI, with additional sponsorship from Branson B. Champagne, Banfi Wines, and the Loews Regency Hotel. General Admission tickets are $60; Premium Tickets are $95, which includes the pre-show Champagne reception, priority seating and After Bistros buffet. There is a two-drink minimum. A food menu is also available. To purchase show tickets, go to www.bistroawards.com. For additional information, please call 917-239-5467.
Photo: Barry Gordin
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