Update: Jonathan returns to the solo concert stage with an encore engagement of his critically acclaimed, sold-out 2012 concert series, THE FREE RESIDENCY, February 5 & the 19th @ 7:00PM at Don’t Tell Mama. There is a $8 cover in advance; $13 at the door. All performances have a 2-Drink Minimum. Cash only. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 212-757-0788 or by visiting www.donttellmamanyc.com.
South Carolina native Jonathan Whitton returns to the solo concert stage in New York City with an intimate concert series, “The Free Residency,” at the world-famous Don’t Tell Mama in the heart of the New York Theatre District. In collaboration with indie-musician AaRon Jones, The Free Residency “is a candid concert experiment that surveys the journey home by way of dreamscape, reality, and memory.” (Source: OffOffBroadwayWorld.com) Musical selections include re-imagined takes on songs from an eclectic group of songwriters, including Aimee Mann, Kate McGarrigle, Kylie Minogue, The Mountain Goats, The Shins, Nina Simone, and John Vanderslice.
South Carolina audiences recently saw Whitton as Jamie in The Last Five Years and the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, both at Trustus Theatre in his home town of Columbia. He made his award-winning NYC solo-concert debut in 2007 and has also performed in such NYC venues as Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Ars Nova, Highline Ballroom, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Whitton’s debut album, Jonathan Whitton: LIVE AT THE Laurie Beechman, is available on iTunes. Whitton has also been seen in NYC productions of Even for One Night (Dixon Place), The Disney Diaries (dir. Michele Pawk, Laurie Beechman), and The Yellow Wood (dir. Brian Yorkey, New World Stages). He won Bistro and MAC Awards in 2008 for his work as the title character in Hedwig & the Angry Inch, headlining both the Highline Ballroom & BB King Blues Club. The Bistro Award is presented to individuals and presentations that make a mark in the area of cabaret. Recipients of the awards are chosen by a special committee made up of members of the cabaret community. The MAC Award is voted on annually by the membership of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs. Backstage Magazine has said, “Whitton exudes talent and taste,” and Cabaret Scenes says, “Whitton is built to last. He’ll be around for the long run: performing, growing, daring.”
New York entertainment landmark Don’t Tell Mama was established as a Piano Bar Cabaret in 1982. Performers who began their careers at Don’t Tell Mama have gone on to win Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Oscar Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.
Will you be in New York? Plan to see this South Carolina artist in performance at Don’t Tell Mama: Tuesday, October 16; Monday, November 5; and Tuesday, November 27.