The 2018 Jeff Awards

Last week, the 50th Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards (the Jeffs) were held at Drury Lane Theater to celebrate this year’s best productions in Chicago. Our small, but mighty production of Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story walked away with 5 of them!

*Outstanding Ensemble – Musical or Revue
*Outstanding Musical Director (Michael Mahler)
*Outstanding Production – Musical Midsize
*Outstanding Director – Midsize Musical (Lili-Ann Brown)
*Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role – Musical

This is the first time I’ve been honoured with an award for my portrayal of Buddy Holly and I am very grateful. I’d like to share this recognition with all my fellow cast mates and directors across a dozen productions. This performance is really a culmination of working with hundreds of artists spanning many provinces and states. Thank you to all my buddies, past and present. And thank you to the Chicago theatre community for such a warm welcome.

My “Buddy” family: Suzy Robertson, Shandee Vaughan, Denzel Tsopnang, Wendy Whiteside, Francisco Lopez, Ian Paul Custer, Chuckie Benson, Molly Hernandez, Angela Alise, Vasily Deris, Shaun Whitley, Matt Mueller, Liz Chidester, Dan Riley, Zachary Stevenson, Lauren Vogel, Jared Gooding, Cara Parrish, Keirsten Hodges, Lili-Anne Brown, Kieran McCabe, Michael Mahler, Ann Delaney
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