BWW TV: Remembering Cabaret Star & Broadway's Premiere Videographer, Bradshaw Smith
Yesterday, July 9, friends and family of Bradshaw Smith (Founder & Executive Producer of "Broadway Beat" and Applause Video), gathered at the New Signature Theatre space to honor the former cabaret star and beloved videographer at an intimate memorial celebration. Performers and speakers who came out to show their respects included Jared Bortz, Mario Cantone, Dan Daly, Jamie deRoy, Julie Halston, Jeff Harnar, Linda Harris, Karen Mason, Susie Mosher, Sidney Myer, Lee Roy Reams, Richard Ridge, Steven Skeels and Todd Stockman.
As part of the celebration, Bradshaw's longtime friend and editor, Jonathan Frank, compiled the best of Bradshaw's cabaret past, and below, BroadwayWorld is thrilled to bring you the highlights from Bradshaw's career as a perfomer and cabaret fixture.
Bradshaw Smith died on January 16, 2012, at age 57, following a sudden and severe stroke. A native of Ansonia, CT, Brad moved to New York City in the mid 70's. As a cabaret performer he won the first Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Award for Best Male Vocalist and later also won a Back Stage Bistro Award. In 1990, he received the MAC Board of Directors Award for his cable television show Cabaret Beat.
Robert Simonson wrote in his obituary of Bradshaw Smith at Playbill.com: "as the videographer of Broadway Beat, he indefatigably chronicled the New York theatre scene and shot close to three decades of New York theatre events from openings to press events to concerts and award ceremonies. With his colleague, interviewer Richard Ridge, he was a fixture on Broadway's red carpet." Broadway Beat aired on Manhattan Neighborhood Network cable and also on the web at BroadwayWorld.com.
Applause Video was one of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) first and longtime major donors. The company's table at the annual Broadway Flea Market was always a top earner. Bradshaw's brother, RoBert Smith, stated that donations in Bradshaw Smith's name may be sent to Broadway Cares in his brother's honor. The address for BC/EFA is 165 West 46th Street, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10036.
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