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Wednesday
Oct202010

Kim Smith: Cabaret Scenes Cover Boy 

 

Photo by Christian Coulson

 

UPDATE: Kim is now HOSTING Vauxhall Cabaret at Vlada Lounge (331 W 51st St New York) on Monday nights. Follow him on Twitter @KimDavidSmith and get up-to-date schedule.  No cover!


Our favourite Weimar cabaret star Kim Smith graces the cover of the latest issue of Cabaret Scenes magazine this month, complete with a whooping seven-page interview by Barbara Leavy.  Cabaret Scenes, Cabaret Foundation’s monthly full-colour publication, is published in New York and the only magazine in the world that’s completely devoted to cabaret featuring cabaret reviews, interviews, CD reviews, news and listings.  For just $40 (US residents) or $50 (international residents) donation to Cabaret Foundation, you will receive 10 copies of Cabaret Scenes right to your door for the ensuing year.  To donate, click here.

The in-depth interview article, accompanied by chock-full of photos, exploring his ‘dark side’ covers topics like his childhood and family in Australia, how his career evolved in New York City, his love for mythology and of course, his hit show Morphium.  The piece in particular focusses on his extremely successful season and his experience at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. There are many references to his performance during that time, and I revisited the brilliant evening where everyone in the house was completely and utterly bewitched by him.

Fresh from his recent gig in Santa Barbara, the cover boy Kim Smith has been busy developing his new show. If in NYC, go see him at Vlada Lounge (331 W 51st St New York) - Kim is a regular guest star on Vauxhall Cabaret, hosted by Raven O on Monday nights from 10:30pm. It’s a fabulous venue and show, plus, you just might get to hear the latest tune or two from his new-show-in-the-making.

The interview is only available in hard copy.  Cabaret Confessional is giving away three copies of the Cabaret Scene magazine featuring Kim Smith to the blog readers. Tell us what song/s you’d like him to sing in his new show and why in the comment section below. To get the ball rolling, I’ll go first and say any song from Kylie’s new album Aphrodite. Because it won’t be Kim’s show without a number from his ‘Jesus’ and I don’t think he’s done a song from that album yet.

The entry closes on Sunday 24th October and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 26th Australia time. We’ll ask the winners to email us their details then.  Let the request fest begin!

 

Lena Nobuhara

Cabaret Confessional Associate Editor 

 

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Tuesday
Sep142010

Caroline O'Connor: The Showgirl Within @ Garrick Theatre (London)

 

 

Following sell-out seasons in New York, Sydney and Adelaide, the international multi-award-winning musical star of stage and screen Caroline O’Connor returns to the UK in her one-woman show Caroline O’Connor: The Showgirl Within, for a strictly limited season at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.

Caroline O’Connor: The Showgirl Within celebrates the culmination of Caroline’s years of stage and screen experience. A uniquely versatile performer whose triple threat talents in acting, song and dance transcend traditional boundaries, Caroline is joined by an exhilirating ensemble of dancers and her own on stage band for her first ever musical solo show in the West End. 

This show is helmed by visionary powerhouse pairing Michael Gracey and Ashley Wallen, who between them are responsible for the creative direction and choreography of leading music artists including Will Young, Alesha Dixon, Kylie Minogue and the Sugababes. Featuring standout musical theatre anthems, and classic songs that have shaped her illustrious career, this is a one woman show like no other. 

Caroline O’Connor is one of very few actresses to have been nominated for both the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Mack & Mabel and the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for Bombshells. She was the recipient of The Stage Best Actress Award in Edinburgh for End of the Rainbow, and a Whatsonstage Award for Best Solo Performance inBombshells. Her most recent stage role in London was Hildy in English National Opera’s On The Town, for which she was also nominated for Whatsonstage Award. 

 

Read Piers Ford’s interview piece ‘Caroline O’Connor Brings her Inner Showgirl to the West End’ here.

 

 

Caroline O’Connor: The Showgirl Within

Dates: 27 September - 3 October 

Times: 27, 28, 30 Sept, 1, 2 Oct 8.00pm, 29 Sept 7.00pm, 3 Oct 4.00pm, 8.00pm

Venue: Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road Lonson

Tickets: £32.50 - £53.00

Bookings: Call Garrick Theatre on 0844 412 4662 or click here.  

 

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Friday
May212010

Kim Smith in Morphium @ The Butterfly Club - 24th to 27th June

 

 

2009 Bistro Award Winner

2009, 2010 MAC Award Nominee

Australian cabaret artist Kim Smith returns to Melbourne following his Adelaide Cabaret Festival debut.

Morphium is a dark and whimsical evocation of the decadence and decay of 1930s Europe.

Singing in German, French, and English, Smith reinterprets works by Weimar-era composers, and modern-day artists alike, from Mischa Spoliansky and the Supremes, to Kurt Weill and Kylie Minogue, as he charts a ruinous path through the arrivals and departures of a neo-Weimar, musical misfit.

Amanda Hodder accompanies on piano, Christian Coulson directs.

New York based KIM SMITH is an award winning cabaret artist known for his Weimar-inspired cabarets that juxtapose authentic musical material with stylistic takes on more current popular tunes. His newest cabaret, Morphium (directed by Christian Coulson) premiered in March 2009 at the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky in New York, before touring to Australia to perform exclusively at The Butterfly Club. Morphium has since returned to Café Sabarsky, and performed at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, and at Don’t Tell Mama NYC.

‘Wit and cleverness aplenty. Smith has strong sense of irony, wit and avante garde – always entertaining, great voice with impressive range – gratifying to see new edgy shows like this’ – The Age

‘Not to mince words, Kim Smith is mesmerizing’ - Barbara Leavy, Cabaret Scenes Magazine, New York

‘Consummate artistry, strikingly expressive interpretations … As thrilling a debut as I can recall seeing’ - Roy Sander, critic/columnist, New York

‘This 26-year-old embodies all that is unique about this art form – it would be a challenge to look away from him. There isn’t an extraneous gesture, expression, word or note. He has chiseled away everything that is unimportant to get down to a precise core. This is cabaret at its best and most interesting’ - Arthur Frank, Cabaret Scenes Magazine, New York

 

Read Kim Smith’s interview here.


www.kimdavidsmith.com 
  

www.twitter.com/KimDavidSmith 

 

Reviews

The Advertiser

Polished to perfection but still wickedly dirty when the moment calls for it, Morphium is one truly engaging hour of cabaret. 

Accompanied by an expertly played piano and preferring to do away with gimmicks, flashy costumes or an elaborate set, Smith is utterly engaging as a sole performer whose vocal talent is arguably among the best in this years Cabaret Festival.

Read the full review by Jessica Leo here.

 

Glam Adelaide

Smith gives each song his own stamp, accentuating them with his movements and facial expressions, sometimes giving lyrics a meaning far removed from the innocent intentions of the composers. This is definitely cabaret that embraces the dark side. Smith has the audience in the palm of his hand from the moment that he steps on stage to his final exit, whether on the stage or while working his way around the room, resting his hand lightly on the shoulders of men in the crowded venue.

Read the full review by Barry Lenny here.

 

Cabaret Scene

From start to finish, Morphium is a show with a single vision, masterly executed by one of the most fascinating performers to come along in quite a while. The voice is strong and clear, taking on everything from the standards to “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”—brilliantly re-imagined. He can be dark and dangerous one moment, sweet and hopeful the next. Singing in English, German or French, he clearly conveys the intent of the songs. A good actor, he creates a character for each song with a definite point of view. His instincts are spot-on; his stage presence commanding.

Read the full review by Arthur Frank here.

 

Kim Smith in Morphium

Dates: 24 - 27 June

Times: 24-26th @ 9.00pm 27th @ 8.00pm

Ticket price: $27 full / $22 concession and for groups of 8 or more

Bookings: Click here or call 03 9690 2000

Duration: 60 minutes approx

 

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Wednesday
May192010

Interview: The intriguing world of His Kimperial Majesty

 

Photo by Christian Coulson 

 

New York-based Australian Kim Smith has made a name for himself as a Weimar cabaret artist. A 2009 Bistro Award winner and a two-time MAC Award nominee, Smith weaves the world of dark, seductive decadence with his Weimar-inspired cabaret like no other.  As he prepares to bring his show Morphium to Adelaide Cabaret Festival and The Butterfly Club next month, he talks to Cabaret Confessional and gives us a glimpse into his intriguing universe.

 

Tell us a little about your show Morphium?  What’s it about? 

 Morphium is a very musical cabaret about medicating oneself with love, and with the need for closeness.  It’s specific to whatever any given audience member wants to make of it, and is kind of ephemeral in terms of a direct narrative.  I sing about all kinds of perspectives on neediness and loss, as well as abusive topics.  I have chosen material that I feel reflects varying aspects of love’s maturation from infatuated youth, through comely hussy, molested innocent, and love-sick romantic.  All of these are blended and obscured by love’s drug-like haze, represented by the opening piano piece, “Morphium Valse,” composed in 1920 by Mischa Spoliansky, and famously danced to on the Weimar stage by Anita Berber.

 

What is it about Weimar cabaret that draws you? 

I love the history of the Weimar period, and have always been excited by the ways in which people expressed themselves through live performance, despite the increasing threat from volatile governing powers.  There’s an opportunity for unpleasantness in this “super-niche” which I greatly enjoy. 

 

You interpret pop songs in imaginative ways.  What are the elements of pop tunes that appeal to you? 

Definitely the lyrics.  I approach all of the music I sing from the stories they potentially contain.  For me, I like the challenge of turning modern music into old-fashioned theatre, and mashing it up with the styles and sensibilities of the Weimar period. 

 

What is the first song that comes to mind right now?

 I’ve done it before, but I want to revisit Diana Ross’ “Chain Reaction.”

 

This is your Adelaide Cabaret Festival debut – how do you feel about being involved with the festival? 

I have been very interested in participating in the Festival for a long time, and am utterly thrilled to be making my debut!  The Festival has an incredible profile over here, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been aching to be a part of it.  I couldn’t be prouder to be a participant in the Festival – especially in its 10th year. 

 

You’ve been living in New York for a while.  How do you find it? Is the life in NYC as glamorous as it sounds? 

Glamour is in the eye of the beholder.  You can be everything and anything in New York, depending on the day, and where you find yourself.  It’s a very distracting city, and you have to work hard to stay focused on the important things, but I love New York.  It’s been said a million or more times before, but I love it.  I walk very quickly and have a certain temperament that lends well to life over here. 

 

And what would that temperament be? 

Bold and impatient, but still likeable. :)

 

What took you there? 

I first started coming to New York in 2005, having met a dashing and disarming young American in Melbourne earlier that year.   We fell in love, and my visits became longer and longer, until I was living here, all of a sudden.

 

What was your big break in New York City? How did you become an established artist in such a competitive place? 

I think my “big break” was more of a gradual progression.  I’ve worked with some amazing people here, and have a really passionate following, for which I’m enormously grateful. 

 

After having been in one of the, if not THE cabaret capital of the world, what are your thoughts on cabaret scene in Australia? 

The scene in Australia is very exciting, and I think there is a lot of interesting work going on all over Australia, created by wonderful Australian artists.  My first cabarets were performed at Melbourne’s The Butterfly Club (where I’ll be returning with Morphium after my season at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival), and I remember being very inspired by all the amazing artists performing at the club, like Mark Jones, Ali McGregor and Tim Minchin, to name but a few.

 

And on cabaret scene in New York? 

I am in love with New York’s cabaret scene.  I feel so lucky to be living and working in the nucleus of modern cabaret — New York has a very supportive community of artists and audience members, and I’m thrilled to be a part of New York’s wide and varied cabaret landscape.

 

How would you define cabaret? 

I think cabaret is difficult to pin down to a precise description.  It is ephemeral in nature, representing many things to many different people.  Some people cringe at the word, while others are heavily invested in it as a unique art form.  I think of cabaret as being a truly intimate forum for imagination; it’s really the only art form in which you have an artist immersed in music, where the audience has the opportunity to fill in the blanks around him/her.  The simplicity of cabaret is a very beautiful thing.

 

How did you develop your performance style?  

I learned a great deal studying at the Ballarat Arts Academy, and also from watching other artists, be they amazing or awful.  Plus, I trust my directors and collaborators, and pick them very carefully.

 

Your director Christian Coulson is also a photographer.  How does the creative process work with him? 

We know one another very well, and both have the show’s best interests at heart.  Christian is a vastly skilled and intelligent artist, and I feel very lucky to have him working on my projects, be it as photographer (www.arsonistphotography.com), director, artistic director, lighting designer, or in whatever other discipline his gifts are applicable to.  I often joke that he’s my William Baker.

 

Who/what has been your biggest inspiration? 

In terms of singing, my influences are a very mixed bag, with Karen Carpenter, Julie London, Marlene Dietrich and Björk all thrown in together.  Eartha Kitt has always been a huge presence in my life, somehow, and I was very fortunate to meet her in 2007.  Seeing Eartha perform live was a huge turning point for me as a cabaret artist — watching this luscious, ageless creature slowly devour an audience with her focus was beyond belief and defies description.  The only other time I’ve seen focus like hers on stage was from Geoffrey Rush in “Exit the King.”  Also, I have to say that I completely worship Kylie Minogue, and am utterly enthralled by her every move.  Strangely, she inspires many things I do.

 

Who would you like to collaborate with?

Prince.

 

If someone could grant you just one wish, what would you wish for? 

An easier commute to Australia!  And, that Lady Gaga would acknowledge her embarrassing debt to Grace Jones and Róisín Murphy.

 

What are the things you miss most about Australia? 

I definitely miss my family, friends, and Melbourne’s coffee culture.  While living away from loved ones is tough, I have built up a wonderful army of friends over here in New York, and I really wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world.

 

Click here to watch his YouTube clip

www.kimdavidsmith.com 
  

www.twitter.com/KimDavidSmith 

 

Adelaide

Morphium - A Kabarett by Kim Smith

Dates: 16 - 18 June @ 9.30pm

Venue: Artspace Gallery, Adelaide Festival Centre King William Road, Adelaide

Tickets: Adult: $27.95, Adult Season Pass: $23.95
Concession: $23.95, Concession Season Pass: $19.95

Booking: call 131-246 or click here.

www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com

 

Melbourne

KIM SMITH in MORPHIUM 

Dates: 24 - 27 June

Times: 24-26th @ 9.00pm 27th @ 8.00pm

Venue: The Butterfly Club 204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC

Ticket price: $27 full / $22 concession and for groups of 8 or more

Bookings: Click here or call 03 9690 2000

 

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Saturday
May082010

Kim Smith in Morphium @ Joe's Pub - 29th May (New York)

Photo by Damien William Vincenzi

 

Australian cabaret star Kim Smith is putting on a show at Joe’s Pub for his NYC fans before embarking on his Austrlalian tour in Adelaide and Melbourne.

In his new cabaret show Morphium, Smith explores a contrasting collection of songs that showcase his extraordinary range as singer and actor.  Sining in German, French and English, he reinterprets works that range from Weimar-era composers to modern-day artists, including Mischa Spoliansky, Kurt Weill, Kylie Minogue, the Divinyls, Harold Arlen and many others in dark, whimsical European cabaret style. 

KIM SMITH is an award winning cabaret artist known for his Weimar-inspired cabarets that juxtapose authentic musical material with stylistic takes on more current popular tunes. His newest cabaret, Morphium (directed by Christian Coulson) premiered in March 2009 at the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky in New York, before touring to Melbourne, Australia. 

In 2009 Smith was presented the Ira Eaker Back Stage Magazine Bistro Award for Special Achievement as an outstanding performer on the rise (honoured alongside Broadway and Cabaret legends Liza Minnelli and Charles Aznavour), and was nominated for both 2009 and 2010 MAC Awards in the Outstanding Male Vocalist category. He is also a recipient of the American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Award for aspiring artists.

Directed by Christian Coulson.

 

Click here to watch his YouTube clip

www.kimdavidsmith.com 
  
www.twitter.com/KimDavidSmith 

 

Review

Cabaret Scene

And create art he does. From start to finish, Morphium is a show with a single vision, masterly executed by one of the most fascinating performers to come along in quite a while. The voice is strong and clear, taking on everything from the standards to “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”—brilliantly re-imagined. He can be dark and dangerous one moment, sweet and hopeful the next. Singing in English, German or French, he clearly conveys the intent of the songs. A good actor, he creates a character for each song with a definite point of view. His instincts are spot-on; his stage presence commanding.

Read the full review by Arthur Frank here.

 

Kim Smith in Morphium

Dates: 29th May

Times: 9.30pm

Venue: Joe’s Pub  425 Lafayette Street, New York

Tickets: $15

Reservations: Call 212-967-7555 or click here.  Dinner reservations: Call 212-539-8778.

 

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