ACTOR - SINGER - DANCER
ALISON WHITEHURST is an American actress and singer based in New York City - most recently seen as Cynthia Weil in the National Tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Holding a BFA in Theatre Performance from Texas Christian University, she performed regionally throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex before transitioning to NYC with the premier of The Fortress of Solitude at The Public Theatre. Book and music written by Itamar Moses (The Band's Visit) and Michael Friedman (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson).
Her previous experience with The Fortress of Solitude at the Dallas Theatre Center gave her a passion for developing new works. After her New York debut, Alison got on board with the workshop of Born For This: The Bebe Winans Story, directed and conceived by Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown the Musical) with music by Bebe Winans (Grammy-winning Gospel Singer/Songwriter). She continued with the company for the show's premiers at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Arena Stage in DC, and The Broad Stage in California, playing the role of Penny.
Alison grew up in Sugar Land, Texas - just 20 miles southwest of Houston. Her father, a gifted pianist, performed in a band for 30 years, which helped her discover her own love of live performance. After finding theatre in middle school, she was hooked.
Alison's musical training began early studying piano and voice, leading to jazz piano competitions and singing at various performance venues including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She honed her classical vocal training with TCU's Music School and continues her private vocal training in NYC, strengthening her ability to cross-over between pop, country, gospel, and classical styles.
Alison and her husband, Gabe, happily call the NYC borough of Queens home.
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
"Another stand out and not to mention knock-out bombshell is Alison Whitehurst as Cynthia Weil. Her rendition of 'Happy Days Are Here Again' will make you wish you had a recording of it." -- Broadway World
"...Sassy, sophisticated Alison Whitehurst as their friend and competing songwriter is just as engaging, invigorating and touching, if not more, than the pre-Broadway original. -- San Francisco Examiner
"I particularly admire how Weil is portrayed as a smart, talented, capable professional woman whose ambition isn't mocked. Alison Whitehurst nails the role."-- DC Theatre Scene
"The sass that Alison brings to Cynthia offers a whole other level to the musical." -- WEBN Boston
"Whitehurst is someone to look out for in the coming years. She is one bucketful of talent." - The Column Online
"Whitehurst is terrific as the sassy, wise Cynthia Weil and she has a voice that can raise the roof. Whitehurst has a way with the one-liners, but we also feel the friendship she shares with Carole." -- Hotchka.com
"Alison Whitehurst brings an appealingly spiky vitality and a real sense of fun to the role of Weil." -- The San Diego Tribune
"Comedic timing is something that can't be taught....Whitehurst brought a razor quick response to each piece of comedy." - Albuquerque Journal
"Whitehurst is so smooth but precise in her movements; every step was like a dance." -- Broadway World
BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY
"Alison Whitehurst (Penny) excels...stopping the show with Penny’s spirited defense of “Forbidden Love.” --Steven Stanley, "StageSceneLA"
"While every supporting actor in the company of 20 are stars in their own right, kudos go out to Alison Whitehurst as Penny, the beautiful blonde Praise The Lord back-up singer who boldly crosses racial lines to date Bebe."
-- Shari Barrett, "Broadway World"
RETURN TO SPOON RIVER
"Alison Whitehurst does a fine job in distinguishing the seven characters she portrays, adopting their array of accents, and expressing their feelings...a standout with her clear and beautiful soprano voice."
-- Deb Miller, "DC Metro Arts"
"Alison plays April, one of Bobby's girlfriends. She gets the most stage time of the three and doesn't waste the opportunity. What could easily be a more minor role she imbues with heart and agency. She makes the audience care more about April than Bobby does." -- Kris Noteboom, "Theatre Jones"
"Alison's flight attendant April is a much deeper and textured character than the dizzy flight attendant realizes. She somehow manages to find both the sublime truth and monumental density in April and almost steals the show in her brief moments. -- John Garcia, "The Column"
Alison struck a lovely figure as Mary Jane Wilkes, and her vocals with Huck on "Leavin’s Not the Only Way to Go" were a highlight of Act II." -- John Garcia, "The Column"