Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Salon Wins a MAC Award (and Many Saloners too!)

It was a wonderful evening at BB King's this past Tuesday, May 4th!  Hosted by Sharon McNight, the evening included many performances, comedy, honorary awards and (of course!) MAC Award WINS! has a full list of nominees and winners, has a great article and a bunch of pictures of on-stage antics, and the Official MAC Website undoubtedly will update with pictures and more news soon.
Mark Janas, Peter Napolitano and Tanya Moberly were on hand to accept their 2010 MAC Award for Open Mic, allowing the production teams of The Algonquin Salon, the Oak Room Salon and the current Etcetera Etc-based Salon to be recognized for their work in making this an extremely productive, safe, and wonderfully welcoming event for performers to practice their craft.  We hope this will bring new faces and many more returning regulars to our mic and behind the piano!
In addition to the win for The Salon, there were a number of past Salon attendees, hosts, gonquettes, etceterettes, and special guests who will be given the newly-designed glass MAC Award Trophy.  Hector Coris (photo) received a MAC Award for Male Vocalist, Danielle Granianowski (photo) won for New York Debut - Female, Gretchen Reinhagen (photo) nabbed one for Musical Comedy, Marquee Five (photo) got Vocal Duo/Group, Lennie Watts for Director, Tracy Stark (who hilariously conducted her own intro and outro award acceptance music!) for Musical Director, Susan Winter for Recording, and Ray Jessel (photo) for Special Musical Material.  Undoubtedly other winners have attended Salon in the past - let me know if I've missed anyone!
Performers at the MAC Awards included Salon regulars Julie Reyburn (who sang "Sing Happy"), Danielle Erin Rhodes (who sang her MAC Attack parody she debuted at the Salon a few weeks ago!) and future Salon co-host Terese Genecco (with Sean Harkness on guitar) sparked her way through "Hearbreak Hotel."  Plus, Hector Coris' fantastic song "American Idol Moment" was sung brilliantly by Angela Schultz.
Photos from the evening (culled from various cameras and camera phones throughout the evening) will be posted soon!
In any event, the production team of The Salon thanks everyone who has attended our open mics throughout the year - and to the venues (The Algonquin Hotel, The Oak Room Supper Club, and Etcetera Etcetera Restaurant)!!!
 -Sierra Rein, The Blogette for The Salon
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