I had heard of the beloved British actress for years before I finally got to see her perform, and I will never forget it. I finally had the opportunity to attend a post-performance talk-back after seeing her as Fraulein Schneider in the 1998 revival of Cabaret. Her performance was electric; dignity, regret, anger and a sweetness marked her masterful portrayal. And her talk-back was gracious and funny. It was a wonderful experience and memory. More recently, I had privilege of seeing her a few times in her Tony-nominated role of Grandma in Billy Elliot. Sublime.
(Top) with Philip Anglim in The Elephant Man
(Bottom) as Madame Morrible in Wicked
|with Tom Bosley in Cabaret
|with Kiril Kulish in Billy Elliot
Thank you, Ms. Shelley. RIP