Shirley Jones in Concert at Welk Resort Theatre
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It's "comedy tonight" in Stephen Sondheim's laugh-out-loud, six-time Tony-winning musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Travel to ancient Rome and experience the zany antics of Pseudolus, a slave on a quest for freedom. This slapstick musical sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of courtesans and an elaborate web of lies that all lead to an uproarious night in the theater. Sondheim and comic writer Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, Tootsie) seamlessly combine situations from the timeless comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville to create a nonstop entertainment extravaganza. Learn More
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Shirley Mae Jones was born in March 1934 in Smithton, Pennsylvania. Her parents named her after Shirley Temple. When she was 20, she went to New York with her parents and within a week became the first and only actor signed to a personal contract by Rogers and Hammerstein. She was in the Broadway chorus of South Pacific and later was offered the part of Laurey in Oklahoma! While traveling with the European stage production of Oklahoma!, she and fellow star Jack Cassidy fell in love. She came back to make Carousel (1956), originally cast with Frank Sinatra in the male lead but later recast with Gordon McRae, her costar in Oklahoma! (1955).
In 1956 Jones married Jack Cassidy and became stepmother to 6-year-old David Cassidy. In 1958, she gave birth to son Shaun, followed in 1960 by Patrick and in 1966 by Ryan.
In 1960, she won an Oscar for her role in the film Elmer Gantry (1960). In 1970, she won the part of Shirley Partridge in the TV show The Partridge Family. Her 20-year-old stepson was cast as the oldest Partridge child, Keith, and from then on fans assumed she was David Cassidy’s mother. The show ran until 1974.
In 1974, Jones divorced Jack, and in 1977, she married comedian Marty Ingels. In 1990, Marty and Shirley wrote a book about their life and their romance and marriage called Shirley and Marty: An Unlikely Romance. The couple remains married today.
Jones has continued to perform throughout the years.