Review: Shirley Jones at Feinstein's at Loews Regency

In the “better late than never” category, 77-year-old Shirley Jones made her nightclub debut Tuesday night at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. The Oscar-winning (Elmer Gantry) movie, theater, and TV veteran, beloved for her four year stint in The Partridge Family, sang many of the songs from the movie and Broadway musicals in which she’s appeared.


Jones’s voice has deepened and no longer possesses the lustrous quality it once had, but she’s still capable of hitting the requisite high notes. And the technical deficiencies were made up for by the sheer nostalgia factor of hearing her sing such songs as “Till There Was You” and “Seventy Six Trombones” from The Music Man; “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Out of My Dreams” and the title tune from Oklahoma!; and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel.


Sadly, the baby boomers in attendance were not treated to any Partridge Family numbers, save for a brief snippet from “Come On, Get Happy.”


Performing in front of a crowd that included John Gotti, Jr. and his sister Victoria (Jones’ husband, Marty Ingels, is producing an upcoming bio-pic about their father, starring John Travolta), the singer was in entertainingly chatty form throughout, regaling the crowed with numerous anecdotes about her life and career. She talked about her first husband, the late Jack Cassidy, and Ingals, about whom she said “after 24 years, I’m still laughing; her unrequited love for actor Richard Widmark; and the time Stephen Sondheim told her that “Send in the Clowns” was “the biggest piece of crap I’ve ever written.”  


Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave. 212-339-4095.