Broadway Beat producer Bradshaw Smith dies at 57

Bradshaw Smith

Bradshaw Smith – 1954-2012

 

Members of the cabaret and theater community were stunned to learn that well known videographer, producer and former cabaret artist Bradshaw Smith died at St. Luke's Hospital on January 16, following a sudden massive stroke the previous day. He was 57 years old. A longtime mainstay in the cabaret and theater community, Mr. Smith was a resident of Hell's Kitchen and Fire Island where he had a home in Cherry Grove.

 

Born and raised in Derby, Connecticut, Bradshaw, whose full name is George Bradshaw Smith, moved to Manhattan in the mid-seventies to pursue a singing career. He found a home in cabarets where he started performing in the mid-eighties and frequently appeared at Don't Tell Mama. His Cole Porter show was so well received, it was extended and he was honored with a Back Stage Bistro award in 1985. In 1987, he was presented with an award for outstanding male vocalist by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) in a ceremony held at the Village Gate. He was the first male vocalist to receive this coveted award. He also received a Board of Directors award in 1990 for his cable show Cabaret Beat. His last cabaret showcase was a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein ll in 1990 at Don't Tell Mama.

 

In the late eighties, Bradshaw produced Cabaret Beat working with different co-hosts starting with popular cabaret diva Celeste (Mangone-Simone.) By then, he had formed his own company called Applause Video. It was the first television show of its kind and was devoted solely to cabaret. Popular musical comedy performers Nancy Timpanaro and Jamie deRoy would later separately co-host and conduct interviews, cajole and show clips from a variety of cabaret showcases.

 

Bradshaw collaborated with Richard (“Richie”) Ridge and produced Broadway Beat in 1991 which was the first television program devoted to Broadway.

While he devoted most of his expertise to producing Broadway Beat, Bradshaw's video company continued to expand and he also taped many cabaret shows as well as providing footage for awards' shows, benefits and special events to numerous local and national television news programs. He became a familiar and well liked face on the Manhattan show business scene.

 

For many years, Bradshaw was very active with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He was particularly proud of the money he personally raised at the annual Broadway Flea Market. Last year, his table alone raised over $10,000 in one afternoon through his efforts.

 

Bradshaw and his life-partner John Scoullar lived on Fire Island where Smith had a home in Cherry Grove. They were together for ten years until Mr. Scoullar passed away as a result of cancer in March 2011.

Bradshaw Smith is survived by his brother Robert and his family. Funeral services are private. A memorial will be announced. Donations may be made in his name to Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.