Bradshaw Smith, Chronicler of Theatre Scene, Dies at 56

Obituaries   Bradshaw Smith, Chronicler of Theatre Scene, Dies at 56 Bradshaw Smith, who as the videographer of "Broadway Beat" indefatigably chronicled the New York theatre scene, died Jan. 16 following a sudden and severe stroke. He was 56.

Bradshaw Smith
Bradshaw Smith

Mr. Smith, a former cabaret artist, shot close to three decades of New York theatre events from openings to press events to concerts and one-nighters. With his colleague, interviewer Richard Ridge, he was a fixture on Broadway's red carpet. Founded as "Cabaret Beat" in 1985, "Broadway Beat"—which describes itself as "the first cable television program devoted exclusively to celebrating the theatre"—is a half-hour television program that covered theatre, music and performers. Mr. Smith caught on camera interviews with theatre artists, scenes in rehearsal halls and at opening nights, events on Broadway and Off-Broadway, at awards ceremonies and in cabaret halls.

The table manned by Mr. Bradshaw and his "Broadway Beat" colleagues and Applause Video at the annual Broadway Flea Market has been a top "earner" for more than 20 years, last year coming in fourth of the top ten tables with a grand total of $10,580. His business, Applause Video, was one of BC/EFA’s first and now longtime major donors.

As a cabaret artist, Mr. Smith's shows included Cole Porter Revue at Don't Tell Mama. He was a winner of a 1987 MAC Award for Best Male Vocalist and a 1985 Backstage Bistro Award.

Bradshaw Smith was born George Bradshaw Smith in Derby, CT, on April 14, 1954. He moved to New York in the mid-'70s. In 1990, he received  the MAC Board of Directors Award for his newly inaugurated cable television show "Cabaret Beat."

Bradshaw is survived by his brother, Robert Smith. Bradshaw Smith's longtime companion, John Scoullar, died in March 2011. Funeral services are private with a memorial to follow. Donations in Bradshaw Smith’s name may be made to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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