Kim Interviewed on WGBH's "Open Studio," and "Cabaret" Reviews!

Kim David Smith as the Emcee, with the Kit Kat Girls, August  2016.

Kim David Smith as the Emcee, with the Kit Kat Girls, August  2016.

“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.” The Boston Globe

I have been having a fantastic time portraying the Emcee in Hunter Foster's acclaimed new production of "Cabaret" at the Cape Playhouse, and thoroughly enjoyed meeting with Jared Bowen of WGBH's "Open Studio," for a TV interview detailing the musical, its source material, and cabaret as a varied and malleable genre of performance. Check it out below! 

Kim Interviewed on Jared Bowen's "Open Studio"

The production is enjoying rave reviews, with praise for Hunter's inventiveness, Lisa Shriver's choreography, and the wondrous costumes, set and lighting.  

Kim David Smith performing "Two Ladies," with John T. Wolfe, and Karen Burthwright, August 2016. 

Kim David Smith performing "Two Ladies," with John T. Wolfe, and Karen Burthwright, August 2016. 

Kim Interviewed in the New York Times for Hunter Foster's "Cabaret"

I had a fantastic time chatting with Laura Collins-Hughes of the New York Times about my upcoming role in Hunter Foster's wonderful new production of "Cabaret" for the Cape Playhouse! Detailing my love for the piece, and my long-held fascination with both the source material and the devastating time period itself, the article also discussed my introduction to Marlene Dietrich's work as a teenager, and my delight over being allowed to ad-lib in a musical:

“The fact that there is absolutely zero fourth wall for him is completely my cup of tea,” he said, laughing as he imagined mingling with Cape Cod crowds. “I can’t wait to tell people how terrible their clothes look in the audience. In Dennis. In August! So much linen.”

Check out the full interview (which also covers the summer exploits of Annie Golden, and a helicopter!), HERE

The Emcee is a dream role for me, and I'm extremely excited to open "Cabaret" at the Cape Playhouse on Tuesday, August 9! For tickets and enquiries, please visit www.capeplayhouse.com.

My own musical exploration of the Weimar period, and all its glitter and doom, Morphium Kabarett, continues its 2016 residency at New York City's Pangea September 22 and 29, and October 6 and 24, all at 7PM! 

Kim David Smith's Morphium Kabarett Extended Into the Fall!

I'm very excited to announce the further extension of my musical salon, "Morphium Kabarett!" Premiering on May 2nd at NYC's premier intimate nightspot, Pangea, we were thrilled to receive extremely positive reviews, and packed houses, leading to further dates throughout June and July. We are now extending again to September 22 and 29, and October 6 and 24, all at 7PM!

 

REVIEW: "Morphium Kabarett" Explores A Gay Man's Erotic Life

"Mr. Smith, a transplanted Australian who has lived in New York for nearly a decade, 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. Not for nothing did Mr. Smith suggest a male Marlene Dietrich. 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

Described as “the David Bowie of cabaret” (BroadwayWorld.com), and labeled "a male Marlene Dietrich" by the New York Times, host and curator Kim David Smith conjures the glitter, doom, and decadence of 1920’s Berlin with “Morphium Kabarett,” an intimate salon featuring special musical guests from the worlds of opera, cabaret, pop (and beyond), with previous guests including: the legendary Joey Arias, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, supreme Piaf évocateur Gay Marshall, NYC Cabaret royalty KT Sullivan, Australian cabaret/opera star Ali McGregor, and downtown darlings Erin Markey, Jack Ferver, Amber Martin, Todd Murray, Danielle Gabiniowski and Molly Pope, among many, wonderful others. 

Named for the sensual, Spoliansky-penned waltz (famously danced to by a nude Anita Berber), Morphium Kabarett is musically directed by Tracy Stark (“Superb, virtuosic pianist” - New York Post), and features the music of Hollaender, Weill, and Spoliansky, mixed with Kylie Minogue, the Supremes, and myriad unexpected others, in a neo-Weimar cabaret fantasia.  

Morphium Kabarett at Pangea (178 2nd Ave, NYC) September 22 and 29, and October 6 and 24, all at 7PM. 

$25 General Admission (purchase pre-sale tickets online for just $20). Tickets purchased at the door are cash only. 
www.pangeanyc.com / www.kimdavidsmith.com for more information, or call 212-995-0900

Kim David Smith's "Morphium Kabarett" Reviewed in the New York Times!

Kim David Smith performing "Padam" in Morphium Kabarett, June 27, 2016.

Kim David Smith performing "Padam" in Morphium Kabarett, June 27, 2016.

I'm very excited to announce the further extension of my new musical salon, "Morphium Kabarett!" Premiering on May 2nd at NYC's premier intimate nightspot, Pangea, we were thrilled to receive extremely positive reviews, and packed houses, leading to further dates throughout June, and due to a particularly kind review from Stephen Holden at the New York Times, we are extending again to July 6 and 13 at 7PM, and July 22 at 8PM

Please click through to read Mr. Holden's account of Morphium Kabarett: 

REVIEW: "Morphium Kabarett" Explores A Gay Man's Erotic Life

"Mr. Smith, a transplanted Australian who has lived in New York for nearly a decade, 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. Not for nothing did Mr. Smith suggest a male Marlene Dietrich. 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

I'm very proud to have presented extremely special guest performers throughout Morphium Kabarett's May run, including the legendary Joey Arias, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, supreme Piaf évocateur Gay Marshall, NYC Cabaret royalty KT Sullivan, Australian cabaret/opera star Ali McGregor, and downtown darling Erin Markey, among many wonderful others.

Described as “the David Bowie of cabaret” (BroadwayWorld.com), host and curator Kim David Smith conjures the glitter, doom, and decadence of 1920’s Berlin with “Morphium Kabarett,” a weekly, Monday night salon featuring special musical guests from the worlds of opera, cabaret, pop (and beyond), including baritone, Todd Murray, Gay Marshall, Amber Martin, Molly Pope, Melissa Citro, and many others! 

Named for the sensual, Spoliansky-penned waltz (famously danced to by a nude Anita Berber), Morphium Kabarett is musically directed by Tracy Stark (“Superb, virtuosic pianist” - New York Post), and features the music of Hollaender, Weill, and Spoliansky, mixed with Kylie Minogue, the Supremes, and myriad unexpected others, in a neo-Weimar cabaret fantasia.  

Morphium Kabarett at Pangea (178 2nd Ave, NYC) July 6 and 13 at 7PM,  and July 22 at 8PM. 

$25 General Admission (purchase pre-sale tickets online for just $20). Tickets purchased at the door are cash only.
www.pangeanyc.com / www.kimdavidsmith.com for more information.

Kim David Smith announced as 'Emcee' in Cape Playhouse "Cabaret"

I’m very excited to announce that I've been cast as The Emcee in Hunter Foster’s upcoming production of Kander & Ebb’s “Cabaret” at The Cape Playhouse this summer!  

I will appear alongside Krysta Rodriguez as Sally Bowles, and with Nick Spangler portraying Cliff Bradshaw. Cabaret will run August 9-20, please visit the link below for tickets, and more information:

https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34576/1470024000000

Cape Playhouse: 820 Main Street, Route 6A, Dennis, MA 02638 // www.capeplayhouse.com

Box Office: 508.385.3911

Morphium Kabarett at Pangea May 2, 9, 16, and 23!

Last week's Morphium Kabarett was an absolute blast, with the legendary Joey Arias, Australia’s Ali McGregor, and opera’s William Ferguson serving a truly intoxicating evening of cabaret, classical music, and convivial chaos: 

CLICK HERE to check out the stellar review we received in Stage Buddy!

Join me on MAY 9 in conjuring the glitter, doom, and decadence of 1920’s Berlin with “Morphium Kabarett,” the continuation of my weekly, Monday night salon featuring special musical guests from the worlds of opera, cabaret, pop, and beyond! Monday, May 9 continues my new residency at NYC's gorgeously intimate Pangea (178 2nd Avenue), with extra special guests including the wonderful ERIN MARKEY, pop practitioner JORDAN HALL, and the singular MOLLY POPE

Named for the sensual, Spoliansky-penned waltz (famously danced to by a naked Anita Berber), Morphium Kabarett is musically directed by Tracy Stark (“Superb, virtuosic pianist” - New York Post), with Matt Schafglass on bass, and features the music of Hollaender, Weill, and Spoliansky, mixed with Kylie Minogue, the Supremes, and myriad unexpected others, in a neo-Weimar cabaret fantasia.  

Throughout the rest of May I'll be sharing the stage with KT Sullivan, Alexis Fishman, Todd Murray, Jennifer Rivera, Gay Marshall, Karen Kohler, and Anthony Roth Costanzo, among others!

Morphium Kabarett at Pangea (178 2nd Ave, NYC) May 9, 16, and 23, 9:30PM.  $20 General Admission presale tickets, $25 at the door (cash only). www.pangeanyc.com / www.kimdavidsmith.com for more information. 

Happy Easter with Buzzfeed, and Morphium Kabarett at Pangea, NYC!

I'm very excited to announce my brand new Monday night musical salon, "Morphium Kabarett," premiering on May 2nd at NYC's premier intimate nightspot, Pangea! 

Described as “the David Bowie of cabaret” (BroadwayWorld.com), host Kim David Smith conjures the glitter, doom, and decadence of 1920’s Berlin with “Morphium Kabarett,” a weekly, Monday night salon featuring special musical guests from the worlds of opera, cabaret, pop, and beyond.

Named for the sensual, Spoliansky-penned waltz (famously danced to by a nude Anita Berber), Morphium Kabarett is musically directed by Tracy Stark (“Superb, virtuosic pianist” - New York Post), and features the music of Hollaender, Weill, and Spoliansky, mixed with Kylie Minogue, the Supremes, and myriad unexpected others, in a neo-Weimar cabaret fantasia.  

Morphium Kabarett at Pangea (178 2nd Ave, NYC) May 2, 9, 16, and 23, 9:30PM. 

$25 General Admission (purchase pre-sale tickets online for just $20). Tickets purchased at the door are cash only.
www.pangeanyc.com / www.kimdavidsmith.com for more information.

In other news, I was delighted to participate in Buzzfeed's "13 Reasons Why Easter Butts Are Way Better Than Easter Eggs," with my cameo appearance as a pair of Fabergé Easter eggs! I spent a fun afternoon with M.A.C Cosmetics Senior Artist, Chantel Miller, being painted, bedazzled and finally photographed for Buzzfeed's Easter editorial. 

Click here to check out some Easter butts on parade!

And CLICK HERE for some behind the scenes coverage on my Easter shenanigans!

All photography is by the talented Taylor Miller. Thank you, Buzzfeed! 

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Kim David Smith at Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie, and an Interview in "The Fishh"

I'm very excited to return to Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie, Thursday, April 28, conjuring the glitter, doom, and decadence of 1920’s Berlin with an intimate, musical portrait of heartbreak in the Weimar period through the works of Kurt Weill, Mischa Spoliansky, Friedrich Hollander, Kylie Minogue, and many unexpected others. 

Please click through for tickets, and more information.

I will be accompanied by the talented Steven Ray Watkins on piano. 

In other news, I recently had a lovely chat with Andre for this fabulous blog, "The Fishh." We spoke about childhood, Instagram, my fascination with all things Minogue, and the illusion of popularity. Head over to Andre's wonderful blog and check out our interview, below:

Kim David Smith Interview for The Fishh

Don't forget to follow me over on Instagram and Twitter (@kimdavidsmith)! 

Kim David Smith in "Piaf: a Centennial Celebration," and "I Should Be So Lucky" auf Deutsch

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I'm very excited to join the stellar cast of "Piaf: a Centennial Celebration" at Town Hall in New York City, December 19th!

Produced by Daniel Nardicio and Andy Brattain, and featuring Meow Meow, Elaine Paige, and Christine Ebersole (among many glittering others), "Piaf" celebrates the work, life, and legacy of Edith Piaf, on her 100th birthday.

Click through for tickets, and more information!

Piaf: A Centennial Celebration

Saturday, December 19, 8PM.

Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St., NYC.

I'm also excited to share my German language rendition of Kylie Minogue's "I Should Be So Lucky," performed at Joe's Pub as part of my new electro-cabaret programme, "Stargazing." Featuring my wonderful band (Tracy Stark, Benjamin Ickies, Kevin Garcia, and Raymond Sicam), "Lucky" is joined  by the Marlene Dietrich classic, "Illusions."

Check it out below!

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Kim David Smith's "Shooting Star" Music Video!

Kim David Smith by Brian Jamie, NYC I'm very excited to release my new music video for "Shooting Star!" Appearing on both my Nova and Supernova albums (available on iTunes), Shooting Star touches on the two-year, long-distance period at the beginning of my relationship with my husband.

Read more about Shooting Star here in Huffington Post Gay Voices!

Filmed and Recorded in NYC, Shooting Star is directed by Brooklyn-based brothers Kyle Ranson-Walsh and Brendan Ranson-Walsh, produced by Måns Ek, and written by Erik Lidbom, Johan Emmoth, and Charlie Mason, and is released via Ninthwave Records.

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Kim David Smith's "Stargazing" at Joe's Pub, October 8!

I'm very excited to announce my brand new electro-cabaret, "Stargazing," a genre-mashing, electro-cabaret fantasia premiering at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre (425 Lafayette Street, New York City), October 8, 9:30 PM.  I recently spoke with Next Magazine about Stargazing's setlist -- check out the link below for the inside scoop on songs, and artists referenced, and for some amazing photography by NYC's Brian Jamie: STARGAZING in NEXT MAGAZINE.

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Directed by Michael Rader (Cirque du Soleil), with music direction by Benjamin Ickies, and costuming by Miodrag Guberini (Rebel Heart Tour, The Black Party), Stargazing is an intimately electronic reimagining of musical constellations formed from stars old and new, including Kurt Weill, Kylie Minogue, Friedrich Hollaender, Olivia Newton-John, Edith Piaf, Madonna, ME, and Marlene Dietrich.

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, New York City

Along with repertoire spanning the 1920’s through to today, my own pop originals will be represented, with selections performed from my electropop albums "Nova" and "Supernova" (Ninthwave Records), and cabaret EP "The Tease." 

$16 cover. Please call (212) 967.7555 or visit www.joespub.com for reservations.

Follow Kim on Instagram and Twitter: @kimdavidsmith

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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 in Out Magazine / "The Art of Looking"

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I'm very excited to be featured in the Out Magazine arts section this month, along with a slideshow of works by amazing artists and photographers I've had the pleasure of working with over the past 12 months: "The Many Mediums of Kim David Smith"

Including works by Lucas Ferrier, John MacConnell, Jordan Mejias, Rick Day, and many others, Out makes mention of my recent portrait sitting with the inimitable art collector and sensualist Charles Leslie, for "The Art of Looking," a fabulous retrospective coffee table book showcasing the incredible collection of gay art (and art by gay artists) housed and celebrated by Leslie. Also mentioned is the "Jealous" music video from my 2013 album, Nova. Keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming summer release, Supernova -- a fabulous remix edition of Nova, to be accompanied by a brand new music video by brothers Kyle and Brendan Ranson-Walsh!

 

Follow me on Instagram / Twitter: @kimdavidsmith, or on Tumblr!

Night of a Thousand Judys, the Neue Galerie, and Shanghai Mermaid!

I'm very excited to announce the following performance dates: On Saturday, May 30th I'll be performing my neo-Weimar, Marlene-Minogue mashups for Shanghai Mermaid, a divinely decadent soirée and salon held at the Downtown Association (60 Pine Street, NYC) from 10PM 'till late.  Click through for tickets and more information.

10985862_10152824605022116_574342741983739163_nMonday, June 1st sees my return to The International Order of Sodomites' annual fundraising/pride gala for the Ali Forney Centre: "Night of a Thousand Judys!"

I'll join a glittering cavalcade of downtown stars and music-makers in celebrating the life and music of Judy Garland, while raising funds for homeless LGBT youth --  the evening is very nearly sold out, so hurry on over to the Kaufmann Centre Website for tickets, and more information!  I've prepared an especially original arrangement of one of my most beloved Judy songs, and cannot wait to share it with all assembled!  Night of a Thousand Judys: Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th St.), 6:30 PM Pre-VIP Cocktail Reception. Showtime at 8 PM.

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Lastly, on June 9th I'll be representing my cabaret home-away-from-home, New York's Neue Galerie, for the 2015 Museum Mile Festival with a free outdoor concert on the Galerie steps! Join me and my cabaret band as we explore my catalogue of genre-mashing originals and glittering Weimar-era fare, featuring re-imagined works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, Edith Piaf, Hans Eisler and myriad unexpected others. The Neue Galerie is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street and 5th), and the programme commences at 6PM. See you there!

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Kim David Smith live at the Neue Galerie, May 14

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013 I'm extremely excited to return to Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie on Thursday, May 14th with an eclectic, Neo-Weimar program, featuring re-imagined works by Kurt Weill, Kylie Minogue, Friedrich Hollaender, Madonna, Hans Eisler, and Jem and the Holograms, among numerous, glittering others (with accompaniment by Benjamin Ickies on piano, accordion and synth).

Located at 1048 Fifth Avenue, and housed in a former Vanderbilt mansion, the Neue Galerie is home to Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," and serves as New York City's premier venue for German and Austrian art.

Performance is at 9PM, preceded by a prix-fixe dinner at 7PM. Combined cost is $110 (dinner $65, performance $45; purchased together). Please call 212-628-6200 (ext. 485) for tickets, or visit neuegalerie.org/programs/cabaret.

"Completely stellar...slyly subversive"

The Wall Street Journal

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Kim David Smith in Sparkle & Circulate and Out Magazine

I had the pleasure of sitting down with my intensely talented friend and orator, Justin Sayre, for his podcast "Sparkle & Circulate." Serving as an online supplement to Justin's wonderful work with "The Meeting" (a monthly meeting for the New York chapter of the  International Order of Sodomites), "Sparkle and Circulate" affords an intimate interview setting, in which I talk about my husband (and our ten wonderful years together), my music, posing naked for artists, and naturally, my religious affinity for Kylie Minogue. Click through to listen and subscribe to "Sparkle & Circulate."

Out Magazine recently published a preview of new works by my friend, designer John Brinegar, for his upcoming show "I Would Never Wear That." I've included several amazing pieces by John in my Instagram feed, and the below image appeared in Out Magazine, in which I'm sporting one of John's phenomenal cowls.

Kim David Smith in John Brinegar knitwear, for "I Would Never Wear That."

Below is a video from 2014's Julie Andrews-themed edition of The Meeting, in which I mash-up Mary Poppins' "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" with Missy Elliott's "Work It" (loosely titled Mary HipHoppins):

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Follow John Brinegar on Instagram: @knitboy1

Follow Justin Sayre on Twitter: justinsayreCHM

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

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

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“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

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