Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story

with Kim Smith, Keith Jameson & presented by American Lyric Theater

Sun January 11th, 2015


Main Space

Minimum Age: 18+

Doors Open: 5:00PM

Show Time: 6:00PM

Event Ticket: $15

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InsightALT is a series of workshop readings of new operas in development at American Lyric Theater, presented in tandem with conversations with the creative artists behind these new works.
Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story is a new one-act opera, by composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith and librettist David Johnston, about a mysterious – and unlikely – murder suspect. A tour de force love story and mad scene all in one, a man shares his bizarre confession concerning the fate of a hot, young, art world star. Smith’s score blends elements of jazz with an edgy contemporary sound, creating an energy that propels the story forward.
The evening will begin with a tribute to Eartha Kitt, performed by award-winning Australian cabaret performer Kim Smith. After Kim’s tribute to Eartha, Metropolitan Opera tenor Keith Jameson will perform the new opera-in-progress with ALT’s chamber orchestra, led by conductor Brian DeMaris. Following the performance, ALT’s Producing Artistic Director, Lawrence Edelson, will lead a Q&A session with the writers, giving the audience a unique opportunity to learn more about the work’s genesis, development and next steps.
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Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story

Kim Smith

Australian Kim Smith is an emerging electro-pop singer, and award winning cabaret performer, known for his Weimar-era inspired works that juxtapose authentic musical material with stylistic takes on current popular tunes. His electro-pop album, Nova, is available worldwide on iTunes and Amazon.
His debut EP, “Jealous,” is described as “high-energy, sexy, and entertaining,” and “a genuinely stunning debut single, visually creative, aurally engaging and lyrically lascivious,” and follow-up single “Never Ever” has drawn comparisons “Kim brings the song to life with his beguiling vocals, injecting the lyrics with a studied heart and passion that is hard to resist. He effortlessly recreates the sounds of classic 80s synth bands yet manages to remain distinct with his own tonal qualities. He is the anchor of the song, holding together all the elements and steering them to an exhilarating conclusion.” – myfizzypop.com
His cabaret programmes, 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 (2010, 2012), The Festival of Voices, Slide Bar and Lounge, Chapel Off Chapel, the National Gallery of Victoria, and Smith’s cabaret birthplace, the 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. Kim regularly appears in Earl Dax’s celebrated cabaret revues, Weimar New York, Off the Cuff, and Tingel Tangel Club. Mr. Smith studied music theatre at the Ballarat Arts Academy in Australia (BA, Music Theatre).
Kim Smith official site

Keith Jameson

Keith Jameson, tenor, a native of South Carolina, recently appeared as Bardolfo in Robert Carsen’s new production of Falstaff at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by James Levine, and seen “Live from The Met in HD” movie theaters around the world. (read more here)

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