On Tuesday night, Broadway vets two-time Tony nominee André De Shields (Gotta Dance, The Wiz, The Full Monty, Play On!) who will be appearing in the upcoming Encores! production of 1776, Catherine Byers (M. Butterfly, The Philanthropist), James Murtaugh (Ah Wilderness!) and Tony winner Gregory Jbara (Billy Elliot), who also appears on “Blue Bloods,” were out in full force for BROADWAY AND THE BARD, starring Len Cariou at The Lion Theatre off-Broadway.
Presented by Amas Musical Theatre in association with Alan Siegel Entertainment, BROADWAY AND THE BARD, an evening of Shakespeare & song, conceived by Mr. Cariou, Barry Kleinbort (director) and Mark Janas (musical director), ends its six-week run at the Lion Theatre (at Theatre Row) (410 West 42nd Street – between 8th & 9th Avenues) on March 6th.
In BROADWAY AND THE BARD, universally acclaimed stage and screen veteran Len Cariou gives full voice to an idea that he has harbored since his first prophetic Broadway season of Henry V and Applause; Combining his two great loves -Shakespeare and American Musical Comedy – into one rich and diverse tapestry; outfitting trenchant classical soliloquies and sonnets with inventive musical pairings from beloved writers of the Great White Way – an eighty-minute melding of superb soliloquy and memorable song by a one-of-a-kind master actor of exquisite vintage in what the Bard might refer to as “a most rare vision.”
The creative team for BROADWAY AND THE BARD includes: Josh Iacovelli (sets), Matt Berman (lights and sound), and Karen Parlatto (Production Stage Manager).
The remaining performance schedule for BROADWAY AND THE BARD is: Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $70 and available at Telecharge.com/ (212) 239-6200.
Len Cariou recently appeared as Cardinal Bernard Law in the Oscar winning film, Spotlight (Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay) Mr. Cariou is a distinguished member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and a three-time Tony nominee, for Applause, A Little Night Music, and for his legendary performance as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, (Tony award-winner, Best Actor). His other Broadway credits include Nightwatch, Cold Storage, Teddy & Alice, Dance a Little Closer, The Speed of Darkness, Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, and Proof. Showing his range, he toured the U.S. as Cap’n Andy in Showboat, and as Nils Bohr in Copenhagen. He scored his most recent triumph in The Gate Theatre’s definitive, hit production of All My Sons, in Dublin, Ireland, reprising his role as Joe Keller, which he also won raves for at the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles in 2007. In addition, he was recently lauded for his performance as Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon at the Vancouver Playhouse and Canadian Stage. In 2008 he directed a production of Glengarry Glen Ross (Manitoba Theatre Centre) which sold out it’s mid-winter run despite outside temperatures of 40 below zero.
His classical stage repertoire is far ranging, encompassing the title roles in Oedipus the King, Macbeth, Cyrano, Coriolanus, and two productions of King Lear, as well as Iago, Petruchio, Prospero and many others. Off-Broadway, he is proud of his work as Ernest Hemingway in Papa, William O. Douglas inMountain, and Joseph Stalin in Master Class. Regionally, he has starred in a multitude of productions at theatres throughout North America, including The Kennedy Centre, The Mark Taper Forum, The Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Stratford Shakespeare Festivals in both Ontario and Connecticut, The Guthrie Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and The Old Globe. He is a former Artistic Director of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and former Associate Director of the Guthrie Theatre.
Several feature films include the popular The Four Seasons, Executive Decision, Thirteen Days, and About Schmidt with Jack Nicholson, as well as Secret Window with Johnny Depp, Flags of Our Fathers, and 1408. He was awarded a Genie, Canada’s Oscar, for Best Actor in the film One Man.
On television, Mr. Cariou currently stars as Henry Reagan (Tom Selleck’s father) on the hit CBS series “Blue Bloods.” He spent two seasons as powerhouse political appointee Judd Fitzgerald in the Showtime series “Brotherhood” with Dublin’s own Fionnula Flanagan. He has guest starred on CSI:Las Vegas, The Practice, West Wing, Law & Order, The Outer Limits,Swift Justice, and Murder She Wrote, to name only a few. Myriad TV movies include Surviving, Man in the Attic, Who Will Save Our Children, There Were Times Dear (PBS), Miracle on Route 880, Killer in the Mirror, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Summer of Ben Tyler, Nuremberg (TNT) and as Franklin Roosevelt in HBO’s Into the Storm.
Mr. Cariou is known for his voice-over work in commercials, books-on-tape and film, especially on The Jonestown Flood which won an Academy Award, and as Harry Bosch in Michael Connolly’s well-known novels.
Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at Asians on Film on March 10th, The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia on March 13th and the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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