Respected Pianist/Arranger Paul Trueblood Dies

Paul TruebloodPaul Trueblood passed peacefully on January 16, 2012. A native of Evansville, Indiana, educated at Memorial High School and Northwestern University, Paul spent most of his life as a very respected, practicing musician in New York City.

Paul was an accomplished, gifted musician, composer, musical director, arranger and vocal coach. Upon arrival in New York City, Paul's talent was welcomed in a theatrical world where he worked with Mary Martin, Elaine May and Mike Nichols.

He went on to lengthy collaborations with lyricist, Alan Jay Lerner, legendary director, Joshua Logan and the prolific partnership of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. He toured the world with Marianne Faithfull and appeared at Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein. Along the way, he has been musical director/pianist for Elaine Stritch, Dorothy Loudon, Helen Gallagher, Carol King, Matthew Broderick, Julie Wilson, Nancy Dussault, and Jose Ferrer and Diane Keaton among many others notables. In October 1989, he appeared at the White House with Judy Kaye.

He conducted the New York companies of the Drama Critics Award musical Your Own Thing, the 1986 Broadway revival of Oh Coward!, Joshua Logan's remounting of Annie Get Your Gun, The Chosen, Red White and Maddox and Dancing In The Dark, a revue of the songs of Dietz and Schwartz, produced by Arthur Schwartz for the Manhattan Theater Club.

 

Paul was also a master teacher at the Cabaret Symposium at the O'Neill Theater Center and the annual Cabaret Conference at Yale University. He also helped many young performers prepare and perform their cabaret shows. His compositions have been performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and cabarets everywhere.

 

A highly respected artist, a dignified man with very strong opinions and a twinkle in his eye, and a dear friend to many, Paul Trueblood will be missed. He leaves behind his sister Rosanne Hoehn and husband Pete; niece Vicki Hoehn; nephews Mark, Paul, and Tim Hoehn all of Evansville; 11 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Lucille Trueblood.

Funeral information: Visitation will be from 3:00 – 7:00 pm Monday, January 23, 2012 at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville, IN 47714.
Services will begin Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9:30 am at the funeral home and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Benedict Cathedral with Fr. Joseph Ziliak officiating.
Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial High School, 1500 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN 47714 or St. Benedict Cathedral, 1328 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47714.

 

 

 

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.

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