Hailing from Australia and currently residing in New York City, Kim Smith is an award winning Cabaret artist known for his Weimar-inspired cabarets that bring together authentic musical material with stylistic takes on current popular tunes. His renowned cabaret "Morphium" performs around New York City at such popular venues as Neue Galerie's Cafe Sabarsky and Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. "Morphium" also enjoyed a sold-out run at the 2010 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, in Adelaide Australia and toured twice throughout Melbourne, Australia. In 2008, Kim debuted his acclaimed cabaret "Johnny Come Lately" at Don't Tell Mama, transferring to The Duo Theater at DMAC.
Other past cabaret's include "Quietly Kim Smith," "Kim Smith is Madly Adored," and "Kim Smith's Jungle Parade" (which headlined at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2007. In 2009, Kim was presented with the Ira Eaker Back Stage Magazine Bistro Award for "Special Achievement As An Outstanding Performer On The Rise" (honored alongside Broadway and Cabaret legends Liza Minnelli and Charles Aznavour). He was nominated for a 2009 and 2010 Mac Award in the "Outstanding Male Vocalist" category and is the recipient of the American Australian Association's Dame Joan Sutherland Award for aspiring artists. Kim is also a proud member of Kabarett Kollektif, a troupe of New York-based artists dedicated to preserving the European cabaret tradition.
Kim has headlined for Earl Dax's Weimer New York and Tingel Tangel Club as well as for Floating Kabarett at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn. In addition to cabaret, Kim has starred in such theatrical shows as "Merrily We Roll Along," "The World Goes 'Round," and the New York premiere of "Jude," a new British musical after Hardy's "Jude the Obscure." Kim studied in Australia at the Ballart Arts Academy and has worked extensively with the Walt Disney Company.
Come on down to the Laurie Beechman Theatre Wednesday, March 9 and 16 in NYC (407 West 42nd Street, in the basement of the West Bank Cafe) to see Kim Smith perform his latest cabaret show "Misfit."
For more on Kim Smith be sure to visit http://www.kimdavidsmith.com.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My Grandmother and I would watch old MGM musical movies whenever we hung out (which was frequently, when I was a little boy), and I fell in love with Cyd Charisse and Judy Garland from a very young age.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Very honestly, I would love to record an album of Weimar-era duets with Kylie Minogue, completely in German. I think it would be filthy and different for her, and intensely fun for me!
3. What's the best advice you've ever received? It’s more of an inspiring quote, and I can’t think of who coined it, bit “overexposure solves the mystery” has always served as a magnificent editing tool with my shows. I don’t like to over-explain, and I don’t like to overdo things.
4. What made you want to perform your shows in a more Weimer-style than solely modern cabaret style? I think the modern cabaret style is a lot of fun, but I’m more attracted to the vice and bloodlust instilled in the Weimar aesthetic. It was a hugely troubled time, and immensely creative, and I have had a tremendous time mining it for my own purposes.
5. How did you come up with the concept and song list for "Misfit"? The title came from the songs I had started to collect early on in the project; exploring characters like Pirate Jenny, and making strange bedfellows of composers like Björk and Hanns Eisler, I felt like I was gathering a motley gang of misfits together, and decided to celebrate the misfit within.
6. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? When I’m not having a serious music rehearsal (in my serious living room), I tend to prefer going over monologues and lyrics in the shower. Hence, I take long, important showers!
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I work out almost every day, and love lifting weights.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Always briefs -- I like a little support.
9. Favorite website? I seem to be on dlisted.com with some regularity, and am often perusing a variety of risqué tumblr blogs, but for the sake of self promotion, kimdavidsmith.com is my favourite website of all.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Poison Ivy. I’ve never been into heroes.
11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can make my eyebrows dance, and can turn a pretty mean cartwheel when the situation arises. And then there are my unmentionable talents...
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I have dreamt, and would like to dream again of sitting down to tea with Eartha Kitt or Elizabeth I, and wouldn’t mind the odd visit from Daniel Craig, sans clothing.