Kim David Smith
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 worldwide on iTunes.
His cabaret programmes, Nova Noir, Misfit and Morphium have performed regularly in New York City at Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Due Theatre at DMAC, and Bard Spiegeltent at Bard College, while also touring Australia — presented at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Festival of Voices, The Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Slide Cabaret Festival, The Ballarat Cabaret Festival, Chapel Off Chapel, the National Gallery of Victoria, and Smith’s cabaret birthplace, Melbourne’s Butterfly Club.
Past cabaret programmes include Johnny Come Lately (directed by Karen Kohler), Kim Smith’s Jungle Parade (directed by Martin Croft), Kim Smith is Madly Adored, and Quietly Kim Smith. 2009 saw Smith presented with the Back Stage Magazine Bistro Award for Special Achievement as an Outstanding Performer (honoured 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 at the Ballarat Arts Academy in Australia (BA, Music Theatre), and resides in New York City.
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“a Male Marlene Dietrich.”
Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“Smith needs to be seen, and now” – The Village Voice
"Kim Smith is addictive, a genius with a mighty future. A performer who understands his craft
and uses every nuance, gesture and lascivious lyric to keep the crowd involved.
His musical choices are always arresting." – Adelaide Sunday Mail
"Moving as if through treacle, his kohl-lined eyes sparkle with a direct stare that flicks to the floor after each coquettish aside - sometimes menacing, sometimes filthy but always charming. There's a flirting fox in the hen house." -- The Age, Australia
"Not to mince words, Kim Smith is mesmerizing." -- Cabaret Scenes Magazine