VAN WERT — Cindy Williams carries a little of Shirley Feeney with her wherever she goes.
Although its been more than two decades since she starred with Penny Marshall in the long-running comedy “Laverne and Shirley,” Williams believes even her role as Mother Superior in “Nunset Boulevard” is strengthened because of Shirley Feeney. “People bring their happiness towards me because of that show. It’s always a positive in my life,” Williams said in a phone interview this week with The Lima News.
The long-running show garnered Williams and Marshall each a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and this year it claimed the Fan Favorite honor at the TV Land Awards.
“Funny thing is, I went to school to be a stage actress. The TV and films was secondary,” Williams said.
Her first love remains the stage, which she visits on Sunday with the Dan Goggin blockbuster Nunsense series, which follows the exploits of the Little Sisters of Hoboken. In “Nunset Boulevard,” the nuns have been invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl, only to find out upon arrival that they are booked at a bowl-a-rama. The show biz sisters make certain the show goes on, at any cost.
“For me, the audience is the best part of any show. Just all of us being in the same room with that exciting exchange of energy is wonderful. You know right away if something works or not when you’re on the stage, and it can change every night depending on the audience. That’s the fun of it. And we can hear it, and see it, when we’re on stage,” she said.
A writer herself, Williams said she has been known to make a few subtle changes in Goggin’s work. “I kinda do that with Danny, and he’s so generous in making changes. He’s that good that he can do that without being threatened. The play’s the thing. All the good writers can do that,” Williams said.
And for the national tour of this show, Williams said all the laughs are waiting to be had. “It’s just two hours of pure happiness. I think the people coming will have a really good time,” she added.