The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Carole Shelley

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16 Aug 2014

Tony Award winner Carole Shelley celebrates her birthday Aug. 16. The Playbill Vault looks back at memorable roles from her Broadway stage career.

Shelley first broke out on the Broadway scene with roles in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple and Noël Coward's Sweet Potato and Hay Fever. In 1974 she appeared in the Broadway premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's comedy Absurd Person Singular. The all-star cast also featured Richard Kiley, Sandy Dennis, Geraldine Page, Larry Blyden and Tony Roberts.

The production opened Oct. 8, 1974, at the Music Box Theatre. The New York Times' Clive Barnes called it "the best light comedy Britain has sent us in years and years" and praised the cast's "uniformly excellent" performances.

Shelley received her first Tony Award nomination for her role as Jane, but lost to Rita Moreno in The Ritz. Absurd Person Singular ran for 591 performances before closing March 6, 1976.

Read the Absurd Person Singular Playbill here.


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