The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, or MAC, has just released its slate of nominees for its 2009 awards, to be held on Monday, May 18, at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. As usual, the nominees reflect a deep insularity on the part of the cabaret community: For example, the English singer Barb Jungr, who gave two of last year's best performances, hasn't been nominated, while many performers with deeper ties to the local scene have been lauded for lesser work.
That said, the MAC Awards have their place, which is to give recognition to smaller clubs and lesser-known performers, and the awards ceremony provides a useful chance to sample the wares of many performers at one admittedly long sitting.
The highlight of this year's slate is its honorary MAC Award recipients: The marvelous Polly Bergen, who is to be recognized for lifetime achievement.