The Nashville-originated production won what is commonly called a “Jeff Award” for Production – Musical in midsize theaters and its creator Bruce Arntson copped the Actor in a Principal Role – Musical prize for his portrayal of “Country Music’s has-been-that-never-was” Doyle Mayfield. The show’s Debbie, Jenny Littleton, was nominated for the Actress in a Principal Role – Musical honor.
The Jeff Awards celebrate excellence in professional Chicagoland theaters. The Doyle and Debbie Show ran at The Royal George Cabaret Theatre in late 2011 to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences. That mirrored its success with reviewers and theatergoers in Nashville and elsewhere.
The show premiered at Bongo Java After Hours Theater in 2006 and has played in the Music City regularly ever since – in fact, a performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at The Station Inn, and there are other dates there this month and at Zanies Comedy Club in November and December (click here for a complete schedule).
*Photo of (L to R) Bruce Arntson as Doyle and Jenny Littleton as Debbie courtesy The Doyle and Debbie Show.