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
Avg Score

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You like the classics but within musical theatre and Shakespeare. Performed by a well seasoned Broadway vet, his performance was effortless.

Don't see it if You want a song and dance show. There will be no dancing.


See it if I love seeing anything on broadway.

Don't see it if n/a

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
Funny, Cabaret, Entertaining, Charming

See it if you want to see a brilliant performer (of both Shakespeare & Broadway musicals) do his theatrical memoir on stage. Might be his swan song.

Don't see it if You can't abide 'vanity" pieces or cabaret-style shows....

During previews
Absorbing, Exquisite, Quirky, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if You know Broadway & the Bard and love Sweeney Todd or Blue Blood Henry Regan AND you appreciate NO amplification. Brilliant show!

Don't see it if You expect Henry or Sweeney. Len is a great actor with a tale to tell. It is told quietly and eloquently. NO fireworks.

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
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Spot-on selection of Shakespearean soliiliquies (excellent acting) paired with broadway musical songs (less=well sung). Unique.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare

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

See it if You love Broadway musicals linked with Shakespeare and performed masterfully by one of the best actors. A real treat!

Don't see it if You don't like Broadway musicals and Shakespeare.

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
Enchanting, Great acting, Original, Resonant, Simple

See it if You like Shakespeare, classic Broadway & Len Cariou; you want a simple yet resonant evening of a great actor uniting two realms of theatre.

Don't see it if You need great vocals - his voice has definitely suffered w/ age, but his acting is clear and committed; you want a flashy, high-energy show

During previews
Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You like Cariou, Shakespeare, show tunes, nostalgia, cabaret-like intimate performance.

Don't see it if You can't overlook the ravages of age on the voice and physique, if you think Shakespeare should only be performed by Great British actors.

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
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, Original, Quirky, Slow

See it if You enjoy a one man show and know actor Len Cariou and appreciate Shakespearian references. Also if you like an intimate and short show

Don't see it if You Like a full cast and a faster moving show

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
Dated, Indulgent, Banal

See it if You're a fan of Len Cariou, you appreciate good performances of Shakespeare soliloquies and less-good performances of songs from old musical

Don't see it if You're expecting action or inventive staging, you don't know Shakespeare well, you are expecting something other than an ode to Len Cariou

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, 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

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

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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