The 37th Annual Manhattan Association of Cabaret Awards.
Honoring the best in Cabaret from 2022. This evening features live performances and the presentation of awards in over 20 competitive categories.
Special honors include:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ken Page
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ricky Ritzel
Produced and directed by Michael Kirk Lane and Amy Wolk
Musical direction by Nate Buccieri
Lifetime Achievement Recipient Ken Page:
KEN PAGE is widely known as the voice of MR. OOGIE BOOGIE in the classic DISNEY/TIM BURTON animated film, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. He has performed the score sung live at THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL, BARCLAY CENTER N.Y. UK, Glasgow, London (SSE ARENA WEMBLEY), Dublin and LOS ANGELES’ BANC OF CALIFORNIA STADIUM and TOKYO. Film: DREAMGIRLS, TORCH SONG TRILOGY, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN etc. Mr. Page’s television appearances are numerous. Listed here are a few of his numerous credits. Ken made his Broadway debut in GUYS AND DOLLS as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the all-black revival, (THEATRE WORLD AWARD). He recreated that role at THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL were he also performed the role of SEBASTIAN in THE LITTLE MERMAID, live to film. Other credits include the Broadway Musicals CATS (Original Cast & Video/Film Casts - Old Deuteronomy, GRAMMY AWARD), AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (OBC, L.A, PARIS, EMMY AWARD Winning NBC T.V Special, DRAMA DESK AWARD- Best Actor, GRAMMY AWARD), THE WIZ, (Lion) IT AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES. In LONDON’S WEST END, Ken starred in the original cast of CHILDREN OF EDEN as Father, and also in the concert of MY ONE AND ONLY at LONDON’S PALLADIUM. Mr. Page’s, solo concert PAGE BY PAGE, was recorded live and released on CD (LML Music). Ken has performed in Cabaret/Concert since 1976, more recently at the EUGENE O’NEIL CABARET CONFERENCE and in the JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER/ MABEL MERCER FOUNDATION’S tribute to NAT KING COLE. In 2022, Mr. Page appeared in a sold out, critically acclaimed, one night only engagement at New York City’s popular 54 BELOW.
Lifetime Achievement Recipient Ricky Ritzel:
Cabaret Warhorse, RICKY RITZEL has been a fixture on the nightclub and cabaret scene in NYC for over 40 years and his latest venture, RICKY RITZEL’S BROADWAY, received the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 MAC Award for Outstanding Recurring Series. Ricky has received most Cabaret awards including 22 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs Awards in 11 different categories. An accomplished solo performer, Ricky has also accompanied such greats as Vivian Blaine,, Varla Jean Merman, Julie Wilson, Lenora Nemetz , Nanette Fabray and Miss Coco. With famed Chicago jazz vocalist Spider Saloff, Ricky created several award winning revues such as "1938", which was recorded on the Kopathetics label, "Porgy & Bess: a Cabaret Concert" and "Ira and Others".. Ricky is half of the kooky "Lounge does Top 40" duo, THE LOUNGEOLEERS with 5 CD's on the Emenar label. He can also be seen as SCARY MAN who comes on to Christian Campbell in the film "TRICK". Ricky has been seen in Las Vegas as Jimmy Durante in"Stop the Music!' with Sharon McNight as Sophie Tucker and toured with Leslie Anderson for 5 years performing every known work they could find by Johnny Mercer in 4 different revues. He is also proud to have served as the first Artistic Director for cabaret at the premiere season of the Gettysburg Festival ,and is on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Manhattan Association of Cabarets, of which he was President from 2006- 2009.
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Expected Run Time is 165 minutes