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

During previews
Delightful, Funny

See it if U are a Shakespeare fan or a fan of old time theater

Don't see it if U are not a fan of Shakespeare. This play is a 1 man Shakespeare tribute

During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Simple, Creative, Original

See it if you're 60+ years old & either a fan of very old show tunes, or Shakespeare's soliloquies. If you're 50 & a fan of both you should be fine.

Don't see it if The Shakespeare is done very well. The singing much less so. It's a bare-bones production. His hands appear arthritic & he sings very softly

During previews
Charming, Original, Worthwhile, Delightful, Sweet

See it if you'd enjoy an intimate setting with a Broadway legend. The songs are a slice of theatre history and his Shakespeare is simply masterful.

Don't see it if you're a cabaret snob. There are a few "pipes & whistles in his sound," but come with a gracious spirit and you will smile the whole time.

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Original

See it if You want to see a clever mix of show tunes and Shakespeare

Don't see it if You think musicals and/or Shakespeare are boring

During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Refreshing, Quirky, Charming

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and Broadway standards, thoughtfully selected.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy either one, and don't want to see how they work together.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You're a fan of Shakespeare and great acting and great songs probingly interpreted but not necessarily perfectly sung.

Don't see it if You're greatly bothered by imperfect singing or not interested in an evening of Shakespeare monologues interspersed with Broadway songs.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Masterful

See it if You love Shakespeare & Old Broadway and want to see them done by a master. The songs are fun enough but the Shakespeare really is excellent.

Don't see it if You expect something flashy. It's just a Broadway legend on stage, accompanied by a pianist, singing and reciting Shakespeare.

During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Original

See it if You enjoy fresh takes on Shakespearean soliloquies and clever, often insightful, pairings with dramatic songs.

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare regimented and unsung

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you like to feel like you are at a cocktail party with an amazing artist as he performs Shakespeare, sing songs and tell fascinating tales

Don't see it if you don't like musical theater or Shakespeare

During previews
Delightful, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You want to be unplugged, share an informal intimacy, and watch an actor's passion and charm share the outline of his career.

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with Shakespeare and expecting a full blown cabaret.

During previews
Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Original

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare's monologues, Broadway show tunes and one person shows

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy Shakespeare, Broadway tunes or one-person shows

During previews
Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you enjoy all things Shakespeare

Don't see it if you don't love Shakespeare and musical theatre

During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, Entertaining, Must see

See it if Want a warm and witty cabaret of well loved verse and music. The Bard's words are masterfully rendered and the tunes are lovingly embraced.

Don't see it if You don't like beautiful poetry and hearing a master of the stage caress favorite show tubes in his unique and engaging style.

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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