Jonathan Whitton's BLACK SHEEP CARNIVAL Returns to Don't Tell Mama Tonight
Jonathan Whitton (Bistro & MAC Award Winner, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH) continues his critically lauded concert residency with guitarist AaRon Jones at Don't Tell Mama. BLACK SHEEP CARNIVAL continues once a month through 2013 with dates currently scheduled for tonight, June 7 @ 7:30PM and Monday, July 8 & August 5 @ 7:30PM. Tickets are $10 plus a two-drink minimum.
Celebrated for headlining both the Highline Ballroom & BB King Blues Club as Hedwig in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, Jonathan Whitton follows up his award-winning 2007 NYC solo-concert debut in collaboration with indie-musician/guitarist AaRon Jones. Times Square Chronicle recently proclaimed Whitton, "a 21st Century troubadour." BLACK SHEEP CARNIVAL is billed as a "monthly evolving freak folk alt-cabaret" drawing on song selections from his critically acclaimed, sold-out 2012 concert series, THE FREE RESIDENCY, plus new material which will change monthly throughout the residency.
Whitton has been seen recently in NYC productions of EVEN FOR ONE NIGHT (Dixon Place), RAZIA'S SHADOW (Joe's Pub), THE DISNEY DIARIES (dir. Michele Pawk, Laurie Beechman), SEPARATE: BATTLE SONGS OF YOUTH (Ars Nova), & THE YELLOW WOOD (dir. Brian Yorkey, New World Stages). Regionally, he has starred in productions of THE LAST FIVE YEARS, HEDWIG, CABARET, & SANTALAND DIARIES. He has also been seen onstage at such NYC venues as Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Ars Nova, Highline Ballroom, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
Musical selections for BLACK SHEEP CARNIVAL include songs from an eclectic group of contemporary musicians: Kate Bush, Michael Callen, Amy Correia, Kate McGarrigle, Patty Griffin, Sufjan Stevens, John Vanderslice, & Rufus Wainwright, amongst others.
NYU Musical Theatre Writing Program Graduate AaRon Jones serves as Music Director.
Whitton's Debut Album, Jonathan Whitton: LIVE AT THE Laurie Beechman, is available on iTunes.
BLACK SHEEP CARNIVAL continues Friday, June 7 and Monday, July 8 & August 5. All Performances begin at 7:30PM. Future dates through December 2013 to be announced. Don't Tell Mama is located at 343 W. 46th St. (btw 8th & 9th Avenues). There is a $10 cover. All performances have a 2-Drink Minimum. Cash only. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 212-757-0788 or by visiting http://www.donttellmamanyc.com.
Jonathan Whitton has played standing room only engagements in numerous major American cities and has sung 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. NYC Theatre Credits: HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH (BB King's & Highline Ballroom), THE DISNEY DIARIES (dir. Michele Pawk, Laurie Beechman), EVEN FOR ONE NIGHT (Dixon Place), THE YELLOW WOOD (dir. Brian Yorkey, New World Stages), SEPARATE: BATTLE SONGS OF YOUTH (Ars Nova), RAZIA'S SHADOW (Joe's Pub), TOGETHER THIS TIME (Lucille Lortel), FALSETTOS (Wingspan). Regional: LAST FIVE YEARS, CABARET, HEDWIG..., SANTALAND DIARIES, PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, and VISITING Mr. Green.. He is the recipient of both the 2008 BackStage Bistro and Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Award for his NYC Debut. His album Jonathan Whitton: LIVE AT THE Laurie Beechman THEATRE is available on iTunes. http://www.jonwhitton.com/
AARon Jones (Musical Director) is a composer/performer based out of Brooklyn whose experimental musical, OF HONEY BEES AND THE BREVITY OF SUCH THINGS, ran at 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts in Brooklyn. Upon completion of his concept album DEAR DEAR FRIEND, he is currently at work on a new puppet/dance show, BOSEY JOE IS DEAD AGAIN. He spends his summer in residency at Perry-Mansfield School of Performing Arts and has created and produced a new musical in collaboration with Edith Freni, BLOOD, GUTS, AND GRIFT: THE BALLAD OF SUSIE PICKFORD in addition to collaborations on new work with Otis Sallid and composer Ronobir Lahiri. He is the author of several operas, plays, and musicals, and creates music for dance, plays and film. He worked as the Artistic Director of the Papermill Theatre Children's Theatre and collaborated on 16 original musical adaptations for young audiences. Aaron holds an MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. www.aaronjonesmusic.com