Described by Broadway World as the "David Bowie of cabaret," "slyly subversive" by the Wall Street Journal, and labeled the "male Marlene Dietrich" by the New York Times, Australian Kim David Smith is a Helpmann Award nominated singer and cabaret performer, known for his Weimar-era inspired works that juxtapose authentic musical material with stylistic takes on current popular tunes. His electro-pop albums Nova, Supernova, and cabaret EP, The Tease, are available on iTunes and Amazon.
Smith is a living artwork with a sculpted body and the haughty attitude of a beautiful young man (he’s in his early 30s) acutely aware of his value as a love object. In his playfulness, Mr. Smith is a descendant of his fellow Australian, Peter Allen. He could be described as a younger generation’s “Boy From Oz.”"
Stephen Holden, The New York Times
His cabaret programmes, Morphium Kabarett, Stargazing (directed by Michael Rader), and Nova Noir have performed regularly in New York City at Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Pangea, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and Bard Spiegeltent at Bard College, while also touring Australia; presented at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Festival of Voices, The Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Chapel Off Chapel, the National Gallery of Victoria, Slide Cabaret Festival, The Ballarat Cabaret Festival, and Smith’s cabaret birthplace, the Butterfly Club.
2016 saw Kim portray the Emcee in Hunter Foster's production of "Cabaret" at the Cape Playhouse, alongside Stephanie Gibson as Sally Bowles, and Nick Spangler as Cliff Bradshaw, earning praise for his depiction:
“Boyishly handsome, Smith’s got the perfect voice and androgynous vibe to make him a memorable Emcee. When he appears bare chested in a tuxedo jacket, his muscular legs protruding from shorts, Smith suggests a cross between Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie.”
Loren King, The Boston Globe
Past cabaret programmes include Misfit, Johnny Come Lately (directed by Karen Kohler), Jungle Parade (directed by Martin Croft), and Kim Smith is Madly Adored. 2009 saw Smith presented with the Back Stage Magazine Bistro Award for Special Achievement as an Outstanding Performer (honored alongside Liza Minnelli and Charles Aznavour).
He was also nominated for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Manhattan Association of Cabaret (MAC) Awards in the Outstanding Male Vocalist category.
Smith is a recipient of the American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Award for aspiring artists (2008), and is a member of the Kabarett Kollektif, a troupe of New York-based artists dedicated to preserving the European cabaret tradition. Mr. Smith studied music theatre at the Ballarat Arts Academy in Australia (BA, Music Theatre), and resides in New York City.
Follow Kim on Instagram and Twitter: @kimdavidsmith