Kim David Smith Nominated for 2015 Helpmann Award!

I’m extremely proud and humbled to be nominated for a 2015 Helpmann Award! Nominated alongside cabaret legends David Campbell and Camille O’Sullivan in the Best Cabaret Performer category, I’m excited to salute my dear friends Chris Durling, Trevor Ashley, and Jenny Rivera for their nominations (Supporting Role in a Musical/Performer in an Opera), and also my idol and Australian icon, Kylie Minogue!

The Helpmann Awards, named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann and to commemorate his memory and achievements, were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA) to recognise, celebrate and promote Australia’s live performance industry, similar to the Tony Awards on Broadway and the Olivier Awards in London.

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Kim David Smith live at the Manderley Bar, NYC, Feb. 3

Kim David Smith by Rick Day

Kim David Smith by Rick Day

Kim David Smith’s “Nova Noir” will take the stage at The Manderley Bar, NYC (February 3 at 10:30PM), conjuring the glitter and doom of Weimar-era Germany, and the electronic heartbeat of modern pop in a Frankenstein’s monster of genre-mashing and music making.

Fronting his electro-cabaret band led by the inimitable Benjamin Ickies, Smith performs his own electropop originals alongside peculiar period treasures (in German, Japanese, French and English), incorporating works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, The Supremes, Mischa Spoliansky, and myriad others.

Kim David Smith/Nova Noir February 3, 10:30PM at The Manderley Bar/The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC). FREE!

Follow Kim on Instagram and Twitter: @kimdavidsmith

 

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, NYC

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

 

Kim David Smith sings Eartha Kitt, January 11, (le) Poisson Rouge!

Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying To Kill Me?I am very busily and excitedly putting together a sexy little show inspired by “the most exciting woman in the world,” as a collaboration with  American Lyric Theater in support of their new chamber opera “Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying To Kill Me?”

Acting as entrée to American Lyric Theater’s exciting presentation, my Eartha-inspired cabaret features new arrangements of classics from the Kitt catalogue, helmed and performed my myself, and the talented Mr. Benjamin Ickies (piano, accordion, synth).

$15, (le) Poisson Rouge, NYC, at 6PM, January 11 — Click through for tickets HERE!

“Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying To Kill Me?” is a new one-act opera by composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith and librettist David Johnston, based on Johnston’s one-act comic monodrama about a mysterious – and unlikely – murder suspect. A tour de force love story and mad scene all in one, join us as we dive into the heart and mind of a man with a singular showbiz obsession as he shares his bizarre confession concerning the fate of a hot young art world star.

Courtney Act, Christmas, and CAKE by Edwin Pabon!

I had the pleasure of performing with fellow Australian and Drag Race alumni, Courtney Act over this past weekend, in her Christmas extravaganza, “‘Twas the G’Day Before Christmas” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. Serving as her “Sexy Santa,” I was stripped by Miss Act, before singing my decidedly un-Christmassy version of William Bolcom’s “Song of Black Max,” accompanied by the incredibly talented Lance Horne at the piano.  Check out Courtney’s wonderful new Christmas single “Dear Santa, Bring Me a Man,” with Willam and Alaska Thunderfuck on iTunes.

Breaking the Internet with the impossibly beautiful Courtney Act, and the formidably talented Lance Horne, Christmas 2014.

Breaking the Internet with the impossibly beautiful Courtney Act, and the formidably talented Lance Horne, Christmas 2014.

In other news, my electro-cabaret, “NOVA NOIR,” returns to the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel December 10, 10:30PM, exploring my neo-Weimar, electropop catalogue, and showcasing my new mash-up of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and Missy Elliott’s “Work It” (first seen last month at The Meeting at Joe’s Pub). The Manderley Bar is located at 542 West 27th street, and the show is free of charge!

 

Tuesday, December 9th sees the opening of “CAKE,” a new photographic exhibition by Edwin Pabon, housed at NYC’s G Lounge. I’m delighted to be included in the show, along with behinds belonging to Will Wilkle, Seth Fornea, and Matthew Camp, among many glorious others. I’m also featured on the official merchandise for the show, in the form of the fantastic t-shirts Mr. Pabon created with Ben Copperwheat, available at the opening of the exhibition (6-9PM//G Lounge//255 W 19th St.), and later in a limited edition collection online at http://www.edwinpabonphotography.com. Follow Edwin on Instagram for more fantastic images at @mrgagger, and click through for his enchanting Tumblr.

Kim Smith in Edwin Pabon's "CAKE" at G Lounge, NYC

Kim Smith in Edwin Pabon’s “CAKE” at G Lounge, NYC

Kim Smith’s “Nova Noir” live at the Manderley Bar, Dec 10!

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir will take the stage at The Manderley Bar (at the McKittrick Hotel) on December 10, at 10:30PM, conjuring the glitter and doom of Weimar-era Germany, and the electronic heartbeat of modern pop in a Frankenstein’s monster of genre-mashing and music making.

Fronting a too-talented band led by the inimitable Benjamin Ickies, Kim Smith performs his own electropop originals alongside peculiar period treasures, incorporating works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, The Supremes, Mischa Spoliansky, and myriad others.

Kim Smith/Nova Noir November 5 & December 10, 10:30PM at The Manderley Bar/The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC). FREE!

Follow Kim on Instagram and Twitter: @kimdavidsmith

 

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, NYC

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

 

 

Kim Smith’s “Nova Noir,” live at the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, April 2 — with special guest star, Karen Kohler!

Kim Smith, Photo by Larry Hamilton for Blue Photography

Kim Smith, Photo by Larry Hamilton for Blue Photography, 2014.

Kim Smith returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, Wednesday, April 2nd with “Nova Noir.”

$10 advance online sale, or $15 at the door.
Doors open at 7pm, programme at 7:30.
Le Poisson Rouge — 158 Bleeker Street, NYC

Award-winning Australian cabaret performer, Kim Smith, charts a dark and whimsical path through a neo-Weimar pop-fantasia of genre-bending pop and peculiar period treasures with “Nova Noir.”  Mining his debut album, Nova, Smith gives his own electropop originals a decadent 1920′s treatment, while re-imagining works by Weimar-era composers, and modern-day artists alike, including: Friedrich Hollaender, Cher, Kurt Weill, the Supremes, Hanns Eisler, and myriad glittering others.

Karen Kohler

Master of the European Songbook, Karen Kohler.

Nova Noir comes to life at the hands of accordionist/music director Benjamin Ickies  (House of Yes, This Ambitious Orchestra), and his rogue band of marauding musicians, and features a special guest performance by cabaret legend, KAREN KOHLER!

 

Listen to our studio recording of “Padam” below, and click through to purchase $10 advance online sale tickets!

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, New York City 

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir at the Manderley Bar, Jan 20!

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013. Image by RAM Imagery.

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir will take the stage at The Manderley Bar (at the McKittrick Hotel) on January 20, at 10:30PM in a free concert, conjuring the glitter and doom of Weimar-era Germany, and the electronic heartbeat of modern pop in a Frankenstein’s monster of genre-mashing and music making.

Fronting a too-talented band led by the inimitable Benjamin Ickies, Kim Smith performs his own electropop originals alongside peculiar period treasures, incorporating works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, The Supremes, Mischa Spoliansky, and myriad others.

Kim Smith/Nova Noir January 20, 10:30PM at The Manderley Bar/The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC). FREE!

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, NYC

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City