New York, New York January 30, 2006-The 2006 Nightlife Awards at Town Hall on Monday, February 6 is fast becoming yet another evening of "epic entertainment" (American Theater Web). This always star-studded celebration of the talent in New York City’s nightclubs includes performances by Paula West, Hank Jones, Freddy Cole, Bill Charlap and the Harry Allen and Joe Cohn Quartet. In keeping with the spirit of this unique awards show, all will perform. They will join Nightlife Legend honoree Eartha Kitt, who will also perform, as will such winners as Elaine Stritch and Brian Stokes Mitchell. These and other great talents are performing at the 2006 Nightlife Awards to help promote the extraordinary artists that perform every night of the week, every week of the year in the clubs of New York. The winners were chosen by 27 critics and experts who cover cabaret, comedy and jazz.
The Nightlife Awards take place on Monday, February 6 at 7:00 PM. The 2006 Nightlife Awards is sponsored in part by ASCAP, Edythe Kenner, TheaterMania.com, Jill & Irwin Cohen, Trattoria Dopo Teatro, Thoroughbred Records, Edith & Ervin Drake, Joe Corcoran and Peter & Barbara Leavy. 2006 Nightlife Award winners (and finalists): Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist in a Major Engagement: ELAINE STRITCH Finalists: Chita Rivera and Rebecca Luker Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist in a Major Engagement: BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL Finalists: Jack Jones and Michael Feinstein Outstanding Duo/Group Cabaret Performance in a Major Engagement: SANDY STEWART & BILL CHARLAP Finalists: John Pizzarelli/Bucky Pizzarelli & Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist: TOM ANDERSEN Finalists: Colm Reilly & Miles Phillips Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist: KAREN MASON Finalists: Lumirie Tubo & Ludmilla Ilieva Outstanding Cabaret Musical Comedy/Characterization Performance: JASON GRAAE Finalists: BJ Ward & Jimmy James Outstanding Cabaret Revue/Group/Variety Performance: A LITTE TRAVELING MUSIC Finalists: The Fabulous Pink Flamingoes and The Farley Brothers Outstanding Cabaret Piano Bar Performance: A.J. IRVIN Finalists: Elaine Brier and David Colbert Unique Cabaret Performance: KABARETT KOLLECTIF Outstanding Female Standup Comedian: KRISTEN SCHAALl Finalists: Judy Gold & Heather Lawless Outstanding Male Standup Comedian: BILL BURR Finalists: Greg Giraldo & Demetri Martin Unique Comedy Performance: tie: CREATION NATION TJ & DAVE finalist: Andres du Bouchet Outstanding Jazz Soloist: HANK JONES Finalists: Bill Charlap & Eric Alexander Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance: HARRY ALLEN & JOE COHN QUARTET Finalists: Lee Konitz Nonet & Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O'Farrilll Outstandng Female Jazz Vocalist: PAULA WEST Finalists: Annie Ross & Sheila Jordan Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist: FREDDY COLE Finalists: John Pizzarelli & Allan Harris NIGHTLIFE LEGEND HONOREE: EARTHA KITT