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Nancy LaMott

The decision to choose Nancy LaMott as Critic's Choice Entertainer of the Year was made months before her untimely death on December 13, 1995. Surely, with two major engagements at The Algonquin Oak Room and the Chestnut Room at the Tavern on the Green, coupled with the recent release of her breakthrough album, "Listen To My Heart," she is without peer in cabaret and 1995 was her most triumphant year.

John Hoglund's Pick of the Best Shows of 1995

in alphabetical order

TOM ANDERSEN - Eighty Eight's

Tom Andersen

This terrific tenor combined crooning, country and swing for an entertaining act that showcased his charm and took him to another level. Plus, he released a debut album, "Far Away Places'" that's a dream.

LISA ASHER - Don't Tell Mama

Lisa Asher

Her show, "I Am A Town," celebrated her Kentucky roots with songs by Carpenter, Carnelia and more. Funny and poignant, it was a real winner by one of the city's fast-rising talents.

ANN & LIZ CALLAWAY - Rainbow & Stars

Ann & Liz

This incredibly gifted sister act was one of the season's most applauded shows. And, their live recording captures and act that everyone is still talking about.

BABY JANE DEXTER - Eighty Eight's

Baby Jane Dexter

Her "Big, Bad & Blue" was a powerful, gutsy show that took big risks. No wonder it proved to be another run-away hit for this dynamite diva.

NATALIE DOUGLAS - Eighty Eight's

Natalie Douglas

Her searing jazz show took her to that level of authority worthy of the big time. Here is a major talent with plenty of pipes and loads of personality to spare.


Chris Durang & amp;

They're easily the wackiest act around. This trio of madcaps satirizes everything from Sondheim to "Star Search," and they couldn't be funnier.

JUANITA FLEMING - The Supper Club / Judys*

Juanita Fleming

A welcome return for this joyous singer who brought the best elements of gospel, jazz and swing to a great show. An inspirational singer whose heart glows.

JEFF HARNAR - Eighty Eight's

Jeff Harnar

His consummate "Fifties Gold" show ran in repertory with his other three highly acclaimed shows, and its six-week run was one of the year's most acclaimed and entertaining cabaret events.

RICK JENSEN - Eighty Eight's

Rick Jensen

His "Spring Harvest," was a memorable and poignantly funny one-person musical revue written and performed by an openly gay artist that connected with its audience perfectly on every level.


Katie LaBourdette

Her amazing one-woman portrait of Marilyn Monroe was beyond impersonation. She was funny, touching and always intelligent, and the show was a brilliant tour de force.

GINNI McMATH - Eighty Eight's

Ginni McMath

"Mostly Dyed Blonde," her cabaret debut was thoroughly winsome and fun. Her talent for musical comedy and pathos are sure to bring her to the highest order in record time.

TOM POSTILIO - Tavern on the Green

Tom Postilio

Booked into a major venue after only two debut shows at Eighty Eight's, this young Big Band singer broke every attendance record at the Tavern. A classic crooner, he's a major talent destined for great renown.

Outstanding Male Vocalist: ROHN SEYKELL (The 5 Oaks)

Rohn Seykell

Outstanding Female Vocalist: BARBARA CARROLL (Bemelman's Bar)

Barbara Carroll

Outstanding Singer / Pianist: Charles deForest (Danny's)


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