Source AP ©

Shirley Jones honored by Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera for contribution to musical theater

Shirley Jones, who starred in Hollywood musicals has been honored by the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera for her lifetime contribution to musical theater.

Jones, who was born in nearby Charleroi, Pennsylvania, was presented the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theater on Saturday.

Previous recipients include Mary Martin, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters and Gwen Verdon; composers Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber; and theatrical producers Cameron Mackintosh and Harold Prince.

Jones, 73, will appear as Aunt Eller in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production of "Oklahoma!" this month. She played Laurey Williams in the 1955 movie based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical.

"To be able to return to the stage anywhere 52 years later and do anything would be an accomplishment, I suppose," Jones said in a statement.

Jones won an Oscar for her role in 1960's "Elmer Gantry." Her screen credits also include "Carousel," "The Music Man," "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" and "The Cheyenne Social Club."

In Colombo, at least 40 were killed as a result of a series of explosions that took place in several cities of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka: Explosions in hotels and churches kill at least 160

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary: Squeaky clean, making the right sounds at the right time, the epitome of today's political class

Meet Jeremy Hunt: The (Lightweight) Laboratory Politician

In Colombo, at least 40 were killed as a result of a series of explosions that took place in several cities of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka: Explosions in hotels and churches kill at least 160
Comments
It was US and UK that sank Russia's Kursk submarine
Declaration of Florence: For an International Front NATO Exit
Oscars so racist
Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka: Explosions in hotels and churches kill at least 160
Terror in the heart of the Netherlands escalates into outburst of nationalism
Terror in the heart of the Netherlands escalates into outburst of nationalism
Notre Dame, Brexit and Assange: What matters
Notre Dame, Brexit and Assange: What matters
Russia does not support Libyan National Army General Haftar
Russia bans exports of oil, coal and petroleum products to Ukraine
Russia bans exports of oil, coal and petroleum products to Ukraine
Russia bans exports of oil, coal and petroleum products to Ukraine
Russia bans exports of oil, coal and petroleum products to Ukraine
Meet Jeremy Hunt: The (Lightweight) Laboratory Politician
Notre Dame, Brexit and Assange: What matters
Russia bans exports of oil, coal and petroleum products to Ukraine
Russia bans exports of oil, coal and petroleum products to Ukraine
Russia bans exports of oil, coal and petroleum products to Ukraine
Meet Jeremy Hunt: The (Lightweight) Laboratory Politician
Putin sends telegram to Macron after Notre Dame fire: Russia ready to help
Russia and NATO terminate cooperation in military and civil areas completely