Already closed | 1h 20m | Midtown W

Broadway & The Bard

From 55 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Original, Clever, Great acting

About the show

Amas Musical Theatre presents stage and screen veteran Len Cariou, combining his two great loves – Shakespeare and American Musical Comedy – into one diverse evening of soliloquy and song. More…

Universally acclaimed stage and screen veteran Len Cariou gives full voice to an idea that he has harbored for years. Combining his two great loves into one rich and diverse tapestry; outfitting trenchant classical soliloquies and sonnets with inventive musical pairings from beloved writers of the Great White Way.

1h 20m | Already closed | Theatre Row / Theatre One (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (55)


Entertaining, Delightful, Original, Clever, Great acting

Clever, Disappointing, Great acting, Poor singing, Original

See it if you love Shakespeare well-spoken and don't mind great songs poorly sung. The premise is very clever, and the life stories are engaging.

Don't see it if you feel embarrassed for entertainers whose talents are wanning. Cariou shouldn't sing any more. His black shirt did him no favors.

Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you are a Cariou fan, you like really well acted Shakespeare monologues and semi obscure songs from old musicals performed by a faded star.

Don't see it if you like strong singing, songs you recongnize, or if you're sensitive to what I perceived to be more than a hint of misogyny.

Poignant, A stage memoir, Personal, Funny at times

See it if You love Len Cariou, enjoy seeing Broadway vets reminisce, have a thing for Shakespeare and chase old show tunes rarely heard.

Don't see it if You have no familiarity with any of the above; if you want a polished performance. He's like your tale-telling grandpa but his voice is gone

Dated, Slow, Intelligent

See it if Dull slow, a sleeper.

Don't see it if You are looking for excitement.

Original, Mixed bag, Uneven, Great writing, Clever concept

See it if You like taking chances on off Broadway shows

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with aging stage actors


See it if You enjoy an intimate one-man cabaret show and you like Len Cariou!

Don't see it if You don't like Len Cariou

Disappointing, Indulgent, Masterful

See it if you are a fan of Cariou and would like to see him perform famous Shakespearean soliloquies in a cabaret-like setting

Don't see it if you're expecting great singing or you want him to perform anything from Sweeney Todd or A Little Night Music - he doesn't.

During previews
Ambitious, Uneven, Indulgent, Slow, Banal

See it if you enjoy seeing a legend on stage and hearing his brief stories. I saw a preview and the opening piece was awful. It got slightly better.

Don't see it if Singing on key is important to you. He is a former musical star who lost his former voice

During previews
Disappointing, Delightful

See it if You're a Shakespeare, Broadway and Len Cariou fan. This is essentially a cabaret, so liking that style is helpful.

Don't see it if You're only interested in seeing Len Cariou sing songs from some of his most famous roles, such as Sweeney Todd.

During previews
Self-indulgent, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of Len Cariou; you'll enjoy guessing which songs were put with which soliloquies. Some of the Shakespeare was fantastic

Don't see it if you're not interested in someone talking about / reliving their career; you'll miss when Len Cariou had a great voice

During previews
Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Shakespeare and seeing his work in a new light (in this case, with musical songs infused).

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or is a Shakespeare "purest." Or aren't a fan of solo shows.

During previews
Entertaining, Dated, Quirky

See it if You like Shakespeare, you have a long memory for musical theater, you know and like Len Cariou.

Don't see it if You don't know or care about Shakespeare. You dislike one-man shows, you won't get the references to old-school musicals.

During previews
Great acting, Slow, Dated, Original, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of Len Cariou and the various roles he's had throughout his stage career. His delivery of the Shakespeare monologues is superb.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with plot or modernity. Len's singing is clearly secondary to his acting, so an appreciation of Shakespeare is key

February 5th, 2016
"An odd but enjoyable solo show, starring the stage veteran Len Cariou, that juxtaposes monologues and sonnets with songs from musicals...Mr. Cariou’s singing voice has naturally lost some — well, frankly, much — of its power and agility since his heyday...Mr. Cariou’s delivery of his Shakespeare...
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February 4th, 2016
"What more could the 76-year-old legend want? The answer’s there in 'Broadway and the Bard’s' second number: 'Applause.' Once an ovation addict, always an ovation addict. Trouble is, Cariou may be getting more out of us than we him...While the narration between sections is crusty and halting, Car...
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February 9th, 2016
"The show is warm and delightful. At age 76, the actor's sharp and stinging presence has mellowed a bit and his singing voice has lost a bit of its range, but his aged wisdom and craft as an actor remains of a high caliber. Len Cariou certainly has more tales worth attending up his talented sleeve."
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February 5th, 2016
"The years vanished as the actor once again invested Lerner's words with a devastating sense of loss and yearning....If the rest of 'Broadway and the Bard' were of this quality, I'd be busy rustling up superlatives, but much of the time this is one of the season's odder entertainments...Cariou's ...
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