Jonathan Whitton | Live at the Laurie Beechman Theatre

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Live at the Laurie Beechman Theatre

by Jonathan Whitton

"Poised, handsome and bursting with charisma. He possesses a key ingredient for success and stardom… Whitton is a winner." – John Hoglund, After Dark
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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1. Watching The Show
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2. Sweet Dreams
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3. Nightmare Audition
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4. A Little Brains, A Little Talent
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3:29 album only
5. And They're Off
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6. Southern Charm
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7. Lazy Afternoon
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8. Louis Vuitton Hits The Ground
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9. Wicked Little Town
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10. Now
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11. Perfect Finite
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12. New Musical Authors
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13. He Never Did That Before
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14. It's Too Late
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15. Good Thing Going/Not A Day Goes By
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16. I Can Do Better Than That
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17. Thank Yous
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18. We Live On Borrowed Time
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19. Bad Karma
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20. Streets of Dublin
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21. Let Him Fly
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
2009 MAC AWARD NOMINEE for BEST MALE VOCALIST
2008 BACK STAGE BISTRO AWARD WINNER for OUTSTANDING DEBUT
2008 MAC AWARD WINNER for BEST MALE NYC DEBUT
2008 MAC AWARD NOMINEE for BEST RECORDING
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REVIEWS FOR PERFECT FINITE AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN ARE IN:

"Disarming and sharp... Jonathan Whitton is a performer to watch and appreciate. He has an agenda and he delivers." - Elizabeth Ahlfors, Cabaret Scenes

"Poised, handsome and bursting with charisma. He possesses a key ingredient for success and stardom… Whitton is a winner." – John Hoglund, After Dark

"Jonathan Whitton exudes talent and taste... The songs he chooses to act are sterling." - David Finkle, Backstage

"A musical theater performer with considerable craft and skill at his disposal... Jonathan Whitton will, indeed go a long, long way in cabaret." -Barbara & Scott Siegel, Talkin' Broadway

"Jonathan Whitton makes a delightful debut with his topnotch tenor voice and bright and boyish charm. His love of musical theater shines, along with his stellar sense of storytelling. To quote the title of his opening number, it´s a joy ´Watching the Show´ whenever Whitton sings.´´ – Wayman Wong, New York Daily News

"Lola may have been blessed with 'a little brains, a little talent,' but Jonathan Whitton has both of these assets in spades plus a lovely voice, an engaging personality that is offbeat and fresh, and informing his entire show, a distinctive artistic viewpoint." - Roy Sander, Cabaret Columnist & Critic

"A young Tommy Tune reimagined by Picasso... Perfect Finite is a compact, well thought out and entertaining cabaret show that exhibits Jonathan Whitton's slightly offbeat personality and considerable skills to their best advantage. It´s worth spending an hour at the Laurie Beechman to get to know him. You won´t regret it." - Jay Jeffries, Cabaret Exchange

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JONATHAN WHITTON has played standing room only engagements in numerous major American cities and has sung in such NYC venues as The Duplex, The Reprise Room at Dillon's, The Triad, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

In his sparkling 2007 NYC Cabaret Debut PERFECT FINITE, Whitton's richly-toned voice examines the fine line between beauty and anguish with eloquence and unfathomable wit. With his sadistic charm and heartbreaking honesty, Whitton takes his audience on a unique and transcendent journey through the universal human experience using songs from such contemporary musical theatre composers/lyricists as Jason Robert Brown, John Bucchino, Mark Campbell, David Friedman, William Finn, Brad Ross, Stephen Sondheim, and many more.

As an actor he has appeared in regional productions of THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Jaimie, Regional Premiere), CABARET (Emcee), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Hedwig, Southeastern Premiere), THE SANTALAND DIARIES (Crumpet), PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE (Picasso), & VISITING MR. GREEN (Ross, Regional Premiere). He received an MITF Award Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for originating the role of Hamilton in the NYC Premiere of THE STREET.

Jonathan is a member of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) & Cabaret West.


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Steven Stanley


It’s a sign of the times that one of New York’s most up-and-coming talents is a tall, dark, and handsome young man who sings Lola’s “A Little Brains, A Little Talent” from Damn Yankees, Scott Alan’s “Now” (a message left on the answering machine of an ex-boyfriend, Brian), and Songs From An Unmade Bed’s “He Never Did That Before” (about a boyfriend who “never did that before”…in bed). This on-the-verge-of-stardom young performer with the guts to be himself (and sing about it) has the talent to take him a long way indeed.

Jonathan Whitton’s debut CD, “Live At The Laurie Beachman Theatre,” is a great showcase for Whitton’s clear, expressive tenor—a performance that has already won him the 2008 Back Stage Bistro Award for Outstanding Debut, the 2008 MAC Award for Best NYC Debut, and a 2008 MAC nomination for Best Recording.

There are far too many highlights on this 21-song CD to mention all of them, but some of the most memorable tracks include John Bucchino’s exquisite, wistful story-song “Sweet Dreams,” the rousing “And They’re Off” from A New Brain (a show Whitton has starred in), and for a bit of nostalgia, Carole King’s “It’s Too Late.” There’s also a Merrily We Roll Along mini-medley of “Good Thing Going” and “Not A Day Goes By,” and one of Aherns and Flaherty’s best songs ever, “The Streets Of Dublin” from A Man Of No Importance (a show Whitton has directed—talk about multi-talented!).

There are no big orchestrations here; none are needed. Just Whitton and pianist Tamra Stephenson making memorable music together.

An extra treat is the between-song chatter that reveals Whitton’s ingratiating charm and sense of humor. His tale of auditioning for a show “requiring nudity” is especially funny (and sets the imagination spinning).

It gets a WOW! from StageSceneLA and an invitation to Whitton to give the West Coast a whirl one of these days.

Steven Stanley
Editor, StageSceneLA.com

wade warren

perfect finite
"live at the laurie beechman theatre" is a a fantastic debut from an artist with much to say...From "watching the show" to "let him fly", it's a perfect listen..Equal parts hope and despair, this record is among the best I've heard recently,and it only makes me want to hear what he's gonna do next!