Kim David Smith Goes 'Stargazing' for Divas

The disco-cabaret performer will light up the night with these mashups.
October 06, 2015

Board a rocket ship back to Weimar-era Berlin when Australian cabaret performer Kim David Smith goes Stargazing, billed as "a genre-mashing, disco-cabaret fantasia." Blasting off October 8 at Joe's Pub, his new show is also "an intimately electronic reimagining of musical constellations formed from stars old and new." Expect the unexpected, but here Smith gives us the scoop on five of his starriest mashups.

Marlene Dietrich/Madonna

"These women are both pioneers of proud and unrestrained sexuality, and both are age-defying, untouchable stars. Marlene freaked them out by wearing pants, and Madonna by wearing none at all. I celebrate their similarities in a slow-burn mashup of 'Johnny, wenn du Geburtstag hast' and 'Erotica.'" 

Kylie Minogue/Edith Piaf

"Kylie and Piaf are on opposite ends of the sonic spectrum but come together in this electro-cabaret mashup of yearning, frustration, and lovelorn longing in a throbbing dance-ballad that I can’t wait to premiere at Joe’s Pub. Kylie is pure sci-fi perfection, and Piaf is undiluted human suffering."

Judy Garland/Donna Summer

"Will Judy be lamenting a cake in the rain? Or will Donna blithely whisper about rainbows and Easter Parades? Spoiler alert: It’s an absurd and wonderful mix of the two." 

Kim David Smith/Olivia Newton-John

"Like Kylie, Olivia is an Australian icon and very dear to my heart, and so I’ve taken one of my absolute favorite Olivia gems and mashed it into one of my own pop originals, 'Never Ever.' Stargazing is all about exploring the pop-constellation of stars that populate my own aural universe, and I’ve crammed in as many subtle references to my musical inspirations as is humanly possible. We’re making some huge sounds and some impossibly intimate moments with synth, drums, accordion, piano, and cello in the mix."

Julie Andrews/Missy Elliott

"I grew up on Mary Poppins, and I came of age in the early 2000s, so I couldn’t help but give Julie Andrews an unexpected musical update when it came to selecting material for Stargazing. I refer to this moment in the show as Mary Hip-Hoppins—or, simply, “let’s tidy up the fucking nursery.”

Kim David Smith: Stargazing, October 8 at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St (East Fourth St/Astor Pl), 9:30pm; $16 (plus $12 food/drink minimum). Visit joespub.com and kimdavidsmith.com for more info.