As a composer, Shelly has enjoyed a long and successful collaboration with acclaimed poet and author Judith Viorst. Their musical revue "Love & Shrimp", a celebration of Viorst's poetry and insights, ran at the Pasadena Playhourse, the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills and The Ballroom in New York City. Now published by Samuel French, the show has played successfully around the country. Their musical version of "Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day", based on her best selling children's book, was commissioned by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Now published by Dramatic Publishing, the show enjoyed a successful run, then toured for two years and became one of the most performed children's musicals in the country. Their sequel, "Alexander Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going To Move" also played the Kennedy Center, toured and enjoys success as a popular repertoire favorite.
Shelly wrote three songs for the hit Off-Broadway show "Naked Boys Singing" with Mark Winkler. His musical "Too Old For The Chorus", a revue about the wonders and terrors of aging which he wrote with Winkler and Marie Cain enjoyed successful runs in San Diego and La Mirada Theatre in Orange County It is now published by Samuel French, and has had several long theatre runs. He has been an active participant in both the BMi Composer's Workshop and the ASCAP Disney Workshop, and works with many lyricists including Amanda McBroom and Carol Hall. He scored the PBS production of "Charley's Aunt" starring Charles Grodin and has written special musical material for many popular television series, including "Friends", "The Nanny", "Golden Girls", "Gimme A Break" and "Touched By An Angel".
As a musical director and arranger, Shelly has worked with singer Andrea Marcovicci for the past sixteen years in the famed Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, toured with her extensively around the world, and has produced eleven of her CD's as well. He has worked with a most diverse roster of performers, including Lainie Kazan, Michael Feinstein, Margaret Whiting, Nell Carter, Joey Lawrence, Ann Jillian, Gogi Grant, Julie Wilson, Chad Mitchell, Carol Lawrence and Bonnie Franklin.