The annual New York City Cabaret Convention -- conceived, launched, and brilliantly sustained for the past 23 seasons by The Mabel Mercer Foundation --has honored many specific people and events across the past two decades. Legendary performers, composers, lyricists, and their anniversaries have all had their day and their due as the Convention grew in visibility, stature, and acclaim.
This year, the 23rd Cabaret Convention, October 17-19 at Jazz at Lincoln Center/Frederick P. Rose Hall, will continue the extraordinary levels of entertainment provided by Smith and his compatriots, as well as provide happy, personal memories of the Mercer/Smith coalescence upon which the Foundation plans to thrive in the future.
Check out photos from opening night below!
The premiere Donald F. Smith Award is made possible by the generosity and dedication of Adela and Larry Elow. In Smith's name, they have pledged an annual $5,000.00 grant for the next three years in encouragement of a cabaret artist who embodies the passion, talent, glamour, and dedication to presentation and the Great Popular Songbook beloved and championed by Mr. Smith
and exemplified by Ms. Mercer. Similarly, The Noel Coward Award is being offered (for the third consecutive year in 2012) in conjunction with the London-based Noel Coward Foundation, who provide a $5,000.00 grant to a recipient whose outstanding ability and performance flair typify the individual, personal versatility of its namesake.
For further information about "Celebrating Donald Smith
/The 23rd New York Cabaret Convention," please address The Mabel Mercer
Foundation, 160 East 48th Street, #1P, New York, NY 10017, (212) 980-3026, www.mabelmercer.org
or info@mabelmercer. Rick Meadows
is the Managing Director of The Foundation; Artistic Director is KT Sullivan, Co-Director is Alyce Finell and Associate Director is Jason Ma
Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
KT Sullivan & Barbara Carroll
Artistic Director KT Sullivan & Managing Director Rick Meadows
KT Sullivan, & Barry Day
KT Sullivan, Barry Day, Jeff Harnar
Jay Leonhart & Barbara Carroll
KT Sullivan & Julie Wilson
KT Sullivan Shana Farr, Julie Wilson
KT Sullivan & Rick Meadows
Julie Budd & Rex Reed
Will Nunziata, Julie Budd, Rob Russell
Amra-Faye Wright & Mark Hummel