May 29, 2020

About Elizabeth Doyle

Elizabeth Doyle HeadshotSinger, pianist, composer, music director, ELIZABETH DOYLE, was a featured guest on legendary Marian McPartland’s National Public Radio show, “Piano Jazz, and the magnet for many years at Chicago’s famed Pump Room, the Drake Hotel, Convito Italiano, the Palmer House, the Swiss Hotel, Catch 35, the Whitehall and the Fairmont Metropole. She currently performs every Friday night at Barba Yianni in Lincoln Square and for special shows in Chicago and throughout the nation.

Her solo cabaret and jazz programs have been heard in Chicago, in Sioux Falls, SD (broadcast on SD Public Radio), in Burlington, IA for the Bart Howard Room, in Spartanburg, SC and the Metropolitan Room in New York City.

With dramatic book-reviewer/actress/singer Jenny Riddle, she has performed “Christmas At the White” during the holiday seasons of 2013 and 2014 at Chicago area libraries, community centers, specialty stores, senior centers, the University Club, Skokie Theater and Davenport’s Cabaret and Piano Bar. They will be debuting a follow-up show called “Pets At the White House” summer of 2015.

As a composer, she is an award-winning ASCAP member with musicals “Fat Tuesday,” “Alice In Analysis”, “The Virginian” and “Sleepy Hollow” produced in California and the Midwest.  “Sleepy Hollow” was included in the prestigious Disney/ASCAP new musical workshop in California, and broke attendance records for Theatre-Hikes Chicago. She has performed in two ASCAP new music showcases in New York, and had her material featured in the Chicago Humanities Festival, at Park West, Drury Lane Water Tower, Bailiwick, Maxim’s, Victory Gardens and in a Preston Bradley program honoring Chicago songwriters. Her single songs have been sung by singers such as Kat Taylor, Suzy Petri, Patty Morabito, Mary Monica Thomas, Hilary Feldman, Lennie Watts, Julie Reyburn, Ginny Bales, Sean Krill and D. C. Anderson.

With Steppenwolf’s Bob Breuler and librettist Bill Thomas, she co-created a music theater piece entitled “Duo” seen at Steppenwolf Theater August 2011 and March 2014. “The White City,” a musical about Daniel Burnham and the 1893 Colombian Exposition was presented at the Writers Bloc Festival and at IIT sponsored by the Mies Van der Rohe Society fall 2009;  at the Glessner House, Athenaeum Theater, Pleasant Home and the Chicago Temple in 2012; Cliff Dwellers, Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse and Pleasant Home in 2014. “Treasure Island,” a new musical co-written with Francesca Peppiatt will have a staged reading Summer 2015.

Doyle recently appeared in a short film by film-maker Jason Madeja with singer Claudia Hommel featuring Doyle’s art song “Like a Tree” and her incidental chamber music. With Hommel, she has performed “Vocal Canvas,” classical and cabaret material accompanied by images of paintings and photos.  She composed an art song cycle entitled “Nature and the Seasons” with composer/pianist/singer Philip Seward which premiered spring of 2009. Doyle also wrote a chamber work “The Trial,” performed in Amsterdam and heard on Dutch radio. Edgewater Singers commissioned her to write a holiday choral piece which they premiered December 2014. Old Saint Mary’s Catholic Church choir has sung some of her mass settings for SATB, piano and oboe.

May 2012, Doyle organized a Peggy Lee Birthday Tribute at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase with her vocals, guitarist Frank Portolese, drummer Tim Davis, bassist Jim Cox and pianist Chris White, along with former Lee band members pianists Larry Novak, Frank Winkler, Bobby Schiff,  trumpet player Art Hoyle and drummer Gerry Coleman.

A 2007 After Dark Award recipient for cabaret performance, her solo shows have included “Hot Jazz Euro Style” at Davenport’s, “Hollywood Blondes” at New York’s Metropolitan Room, “Dakota Blonde: The Lyrics of Peggy Lee” at Skokie Theatre, a World War II cabaret at the Dank Haus and “Not Just a Boys Club: Women’s Contributions to the Great American Songbook” at the North Lakeside Jazz Supper Club night. Her group shows have included CCP’s “Words and Music” at Victory Gardens Theater, “Judy At Carnegie” at Mayne Stage, “BabFab” and “LeGrand Night” at the Wilmette Theatre, a Richard Rodgers tribute at the Storefront Theater, a Johnny Mercer show at Drury Lane Water Tower Place Theater and a Blossom Dearie tribute at the Skokie Theater. She has also performed in Amsterdam, Paris, Duesseldorf and Wiesbaden, Germany. She has two CD’s available, “Elizabeth Doyle” and “Time Flies.” Visit and

As a music director, she has helmed four musicals for Emerald City Theater Company including the Covert/Riley holiday production “Hansel and Gretel” (the cast was featured in Chicago’s Festival of Lights broadcast nationwide on ABC-TV) and the Goers/Carderelli penned “Cinderella” presented spring 2009,  “Summer On the Seine,” a jazz musical featuring the art songs of Gabriel Faure with staged readings August 2010 at Theater Building Chicago, “Marcie the Marvelous Tree” for Theatre-Hikes and an ASCAP/Chicago Dramatists Musical Theater Showcase November 2011.