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FORSOOTH! AN UPCOMING STREAMING EVENT!
ANNOUNCES STREAMING PERFORMANCES OF
TONY® AWARD-WINNER LEN CARIOU
“BROADWAY & THE BARD”
AN EVENING OF SHAKESPEARE & SONG
CONCEIVED BY LEN CARIOU, BARRY KLEINBORT & MARK JANAS
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY MARK JANAS
DIRECTED BY BARRY KLEINBORT
SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 4, 2020
DONATION PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE ACTORS FUND
New York, NY (9/15/20) – Aruba Productions (Ken Denison) today announced upcoming streaming performances of Tony® Award-winning actor Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Applause, Teddy & Alice) in Broadway & The Bard: An Evening of Shakespeare & Song, conceived by Mr. Cariou, Barry Kleinbort and Mark Janas. Directed by Mr. Kleinbort with musical direction by Mr. Janas, the show, which the New York Times called “exemplary”, will be streamed on The Actors Fund YouTube Channel - here - and donation proceeds will benefit the organization. The production will begin streaming on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30pm, which happens to be Mr. Cariou’s 81st birthday, and remain available for viewing through October 4.
Broadway & 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.”
“Len Cariou is a musical theatre legend,” extols Executive Producer Ken Denison. “After the critical success of the World Premiere production in 2016 (in association with Amas Musical Theatre, Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) as well as two tours across the United States and his native country, Canada in the summers of 2018 and 2019, we are happy to share this consummate display of his talent during this challenging time. We are grateful to The Actors Fund for this opportunity and to help raise necessary funds for the theatre community.”
The creative team for Broadway & The Bard also includes: Josh Iacovelli (sets), Matt Berman and Rocky Noel (lights and sound). The production was filmed by Matthew Gurren.
Len 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 Nigh watch, 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 its 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 in Mountain, and Joseph Stalin in Master Class. Regionally, he has starred in a multitude of productions at theatres throughout North America, including The Kennedy Center, 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” (Emmy nomination). 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. Mr. Cariou was awarded The Order of Manitoba in 2016 and The Order of Canada in 2018 for his cultural contributions on and off stages and screens across the country.
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