Len Cariou
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Len Cariou
Leonard Joseph “Len” Cariou is a Canadian actor, best known for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd in the original cast of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He currently plays the patriarch, Henry Reagan, NYPD Police Commissioner (retired), in the multi-generational television series Blue Bloods on CBS.
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Crossing Over To The Dark Side
Huffington Post - 5 days
Fifty years have passed since a double bill by Peter Shaffer opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on February 12, 1967. Directed by John Dexter (with a cast that featured Michael Crawford and Lynn Redgrave in their Broadway debuts), Black Comedy/White Lies turned out to be an audience pleaser that ran for 337 performances. Black Comedy was a droll farce that began in a young man's apartment at 9:30 on a Sunday night. Although people on both sides of the footlights were in complete darkness as the play began, the confused audience could hear the voices of Shaffer's characters carrying on a conventional conversation at a cocktail party. Once the apartment's electricity suffered a short circuit, the lights came up onstage and (as if by magic) the audience could see everything that was happening while the cast had to pretend that their characters were stumbling around in the dark. Thanks to Shaffer's gimmicky approach to what happens during an electrical blackout, much hilarity ensued. ...
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Review: ‘Broadway & the Bard’ Serves Delicious Combos
NYTimes - about 1 year
Len Cariou pairs Shakespeare’s monologues and sonnets with songs from musicals in a solo show at the Lion Theater.
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Sing Out, Luisa!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
For several decades, a debate has raged over whether the voices of opera singers should be used to sing the musical theatre repertory. San Francisco Opera's General Director, David Gockley, was at the forefront of including musical theatre when he was General Director of the Houston Grand Opera, which was the first opera company to mount a production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Over the course of his long career at HGO, Gockley oversaw productions of My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music, Annie Get Your Gun and Carousel (as well as national tours of Porgy and Bess, Show Boat, and Hello, Dolly!). The Lyric Opera of Chicago is currently in the midst of producing the five most popular musicals created by Rodgers and Hammerstein (South Pacific, The Sound of Music, The King and I, Carousel, Oklahoma!). Kurt Weill's musical works (The Threepenny Opera, Der Silbersee, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, One Touch of Venus, and Street Scene) have ...
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Stan Brooks: A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
In 1994 I read Annette Funicello's autobiography that she wrote with Patricia Romanowski. It told the story of the little girl from Utica, New York, whose mother saw a singing and dancing talent and convinced her husband to take a chance and move to Hollywood to give her little Annette a shot at fame. After being discovered by Walt Disney for his new Mouseketeer Show -- Annette went on to a singing, dancing and acting career, before retiring to raise her children and then to battle Multiple Sclerosis. Many had pitched her story when the book was reviewed in People magazine -- and all three of the broadcast networks had passed on the idea of producing it as a movie. Having been a very little boy with a very real crush on Annette when I was young, I was determined to try and option the book and sell it. I went to meet with Annette's ex-husband, legendary agent Jack Gilardi. He heard my pitch, saw my passion and agreed to set up a meeting for me to meet with Annette at her ...
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Stars Of Stage And Screen To Hit NYC For A Great Gay Cause
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Some of New York's finest theater talents are set to take the stage March 18 for a great cause. Tony Award winners Len Cariou, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Karen Ziemba are the latest to join the 2013 installment of "Broadway Backwards," which offers gay and lesbian theater fans a chance to "see their stories" told through memorable musical numbers for one night only. As director Robert Bartley notes, many of the musical numbers will be re-interpreted by performers of the opposite gender for which they were originally intended -- a chance for many of the male stars to let their inner divas shine. Though Bartley remains tight-lipped about the specifics, last year's event saw Robin De Jesús charming the crowd with "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" from "My Fair Lady," and "Book of Mormon" star Andrew Rannells tackling a "Funny Girl" showstopper. Of course, the girls are in on the fun, too -- the pairing of Elizabeth Stanley ("The Million Dollar Quartet") and Sierra Boggess (curr ...
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Myra Chanin: Len Cariou, Broadway's Original Sweeney Todd, Reveals His Canadian Roots
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Len Cariou may well be the most persistently employed performer on the planet. Just printing his credits takes up a half ream of multipurpose paper. Len leaps fleetly from role to role, format to format and venue to venue -- theater, film, television, recordings, narration, voiceovers, documentaries and audio books. He can dance, sing, weep, laugh, direct and what-have-you. Police procedural TV fans adore him in the current CBS hit show, Blue Bloods, as Henry Regan, the always-in-the-kitchen-cooking-something-delicious retired former New York City Police Commissioner, granddad of the clan that always dines together and father of the present Blue Bloods police commissioner played by Tom Selleck. Len is actually only five years older than Tom Selleck but Tom is more devoted to Grecian formula. Len's roles have run the gamut from cabbages to kings. The two biggest cabbages? Louis Tobin, the Bernie Madoff-ish third-season-of-Damages no-goodnick Ponzi schemer, and Iago, Shake ...
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Liz Smith: Kate Moss Bares All in Vanity Fair
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"DOES IT make a difference? You're dead." So says popular author Elmore Leonard in response to the Vanity Fair query "How would you like to die?" SPEAKING OF this month's magazine, I've already told you about the Kate Moss interview. What I failed to mention was the rather startling, casual semi-nudity of the model/actress. She bares her breasts in two shots. I was surprised. I never recalled VF exposing a celebrity in such a manner, maybe Madonna back in the day. (But, you know -- that's Madonna.) The shots of Moss looked right out of Playboy, circa 1966. She's lovely, but I wonder if this is the beginning of a trend for Graydon Carter's great, groundbreaking magazine? HONORED: Ben Affleck, at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January. Ben, riding higher than ever with Argo, will receive the Modern Master Award, the festival's highest honor. Recipients are cited for having "Enriched our culture through multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion ...
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MCT presents comedy with dramatic moments - My West Texas
Google News - over 5 years
The cast was composed of Len Cariou, Veanne Cox, Penny Fuller, Jan Maxwell, John Ritter and Henry Winkler. "The play is great," said Stephanie Rivas, who plays the final ex-wife to arrive, Gabrielle Buonocelli. "There's a lot of humor in it
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Comedy to take Midland Community Theatre stage - My West Texas
Google News - over 5 years
The cast was composed of Len Cariou, Veanne Cox, Penny Fuller, Jan Maxwell, John Ritter and Henry Winkler. Fuller received a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. The production ran for 364 performances. Russell Bouthiller of Broadway
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Blue Bloods' New Boss: We're Not Changing the Show - TV Guide
Google News - over 5 years
We're going to try to deepen the role of Henry [Len Cariou]. He's not just at home cooking dinner. He's still very much alive and vital. And in real life former commissioners do many things. We're also going to try and pay a little more attention to
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Critics' theater picks: 'Dance for Life' and Babes with Blades' 'The Double' - WBEZ (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
with Angela Lansbury and the horribly miscast Len Cariou. Rockwell's production, which she also choreographed, is the best by far--original enough to revive jaded palates, while also completely true to the text for the benefit of purists and
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Scottish Play Scott - Windy City Times
Google News - over 5 years
Yet both Edleman and McCartney are slightly cowed to respectively follow in the footsteps in Tony Award-winning actors Len Cariou as the revengeful Victorian razor-wielding title character, and Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett, the over-resourceful
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Joe Iconis, Claybourne Elder, et al. Set for Sondheim Unplugged 8/29 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Past special guests have included George Lee Andrews (A Little Night Music), Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music), Erin Davie (A Little Night Music revival), Danielle Ferland (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George), Joy Franz (Into
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Taking Turns Tapping the Tenor of Sondheim - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
But at Sondheim Unplugged at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on Monday, Len Cariou made it clear what a deceptively complex piece it is. "What's hard is simple," the lyric goes, "what's natural comes hard." The act of "whistling" becomes a metaphor for the
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Sweeney Returns: Len Cariou Sings Sondheim Unplugged July 25 - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
Broadway's original Sweeney Todd, Len Cariou, joins Sarah Rice and Ken Jennings for the July 25 installment of Sondheim Unplugged at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Cariou, who earned a Tony Award for originating the title role in Sweeney
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Len Cariou
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 75
    More recently, Cariou portrayed Cardinal Law in Spotlight, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2015.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred in the short play Happy Birthday, Mr. Abernathy by Lloyd Suh for a public radio show and podcast, Playing On Air.
  • 2012
    Age 72
    On June 23, 2012, Cariou was honored by having his name added to the Miles Macdonell Collegiate Alumni of Distinction, for his contribution to theater and arts.
    More Details Hide Details His introduction to the theater started with a starring role in the school production of The Pirates of Penzance. He holds the Order of Manitoba and has been invested with honorary degrees from the University of Windsor and the University of Winnipeg.
  • 2010
    Age 70
    In 2010, Cariou appeared as Madoff-like Ponzi scheme man Louis Tobin in FX's drama Damages, the main antagonist in season three.
    More Details Hide Details He currently appears as Henry Reagan, the former NYC police commissioner and patriarch of the current commissioner's family, on Blue Bloods.
  • 2009
    Age 69
    In 2009, Cariou portrayed Franklin D. Roosevelt in the HBO movie Into the Storm, earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
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  • 2004
    Age 64
    In 2004, he was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
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    In 2004, Cariou was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Cariou's film credits include Flags of Our Fathers, About Schmidt, Thirteen Days, The Four Seasons, the Harold Prince-directed screen adaptation of A Little Night Music with Elizabeth Taylor and Secret Window in which he starred alongside Johnny Depp who would later go on to play Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the Tim Burton directed musical based on the Broadway show. He played the father in the 2007 film 1408, and the nominal lead role in The Onion Movie, based on the satirical newspaper. On television, Cariou has appeared in The West Wing, Law & Order, Star Trek: Voyager, The Practice, Ed, The Outer Limits, and multiple episodes of Murder, She Wrote. He had a continuing role in 2006–2007 as power broker Judd Fitzgerald in the Showtime series Brotherhood. Cariou narrated Major League Baseball's World Series films from 1992 to 1997. He has recorded a number of books, including several by Michael Connelly, for audiotape release. He also narrated the 1989 Academy Award-winning documentary The Johnstown Flood.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 55
    In 1995, Cariou became the first actor to portray Walt Disney in the Annette Funicello biography A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story based on her book of the same name.
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  • 1993
    Age 53
    In 1993, Cariou was in the made-for-TV movie Miracle on Interstate 880.
    More Details Hide Details He played Buck Helm.
  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 45
    From 1985 to 1992, Cariou was seen on multiple episodes of the popular television mystery series, Murder, She Wrote opposite his good friend and former Sweeney Todd costar Angela Lansbury.
    More Details Hide Details Cariou portrayed the recurring character of Michael Hagerty. Hagerty was an Irish international man of mystery who worked as a secret agent for British MI-6. He would get Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), the title character of the show, involved in mysteries involving international intrigue.
    During these years, Cariou also appeared in a number of benefits, including A Christmas Carol for the Riverside Shakespeare Company in New York, playing Scrooge, with Helen Hayes, Raul Julia, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, directed by W. Stuart McDowell at the Symphony Space in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details His next projects, the Alan Jay Lerner–Charles Strouse musical Dance a Little Closer (1983), Arthur Miller's sole musical, Up from Paradise (1983), Teddy & Alice (1987), Ziegfeld (1988). Cariou also appeared on Broadway in Nightwatch, Cold Storage, The Speed of Darkness, Neil Silmon's The Dinner Party (with Henry Winkler and John Ritter) and Proof (with Anne Heche and Neil Patrick Harris). He directed Don't Call Back on Broadway as well. His off-Broadway appearances include Master Class, Papa (Ernest Hemingway one man show) and Mountain (Justice William O. Douglas). He appeared as Cap'n Andy in the Broadway national tour of Showboat opposite Cloris Leachman. Regionally, Cariou has starred in a multitude of productions at theatres throughout North America, including The Kennedy Centre, the Mark Taper Forum, Lincoln Centre, the Long Wharf Theatre and the Old Globe. He has played the title role of Macbeth for Toronto Arts Productions, and Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon for Canadian Stage in Toronto. He has appeared multiple times throughout his career at the Manitoba Theatre Centre. Cariou appeared at The Geffen Theatre as Joe Keller in a notable production of All My Sons, a role he reprised in 2009 at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, where it was the longest running, highest grossing run of a play in that theatre's history. He also appeared at The Geffen in Neil Simon's Rose and Walsh and Heroes with George Segal.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 33
    In 1973 he garnered his second Tony nod for A Little Night Music; he repeated the role for the 1977 film version opposite Elizabeth Taylor.
    More Details Hide Details Six years later he won both the Tony and a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in the Stephen Sondheim musical opposite Angela Lansbury.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 28
    In 1968, Cariou made his Broadway debut in The House of Atreus.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, Cariou landed his first starring role opposite Lauren Bacall in Applause, a musical adaptation of the film All About Eve. It earned him a Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical and won him the Theatre World Award.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 19
    Cariou made his first appearance in Damn Yankees at Rainbow Stage in Winnipeg in 1959, and was a founding member of the Manitoba Theatre Centre.
    More Details Hide Details He was offered a scholarship at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal but, married with a young child and financial responsibilities, he was forced to turn it down. Instead, he learned his craft by spending two years at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Stratford, Ontario, and returned in 1981 to lead the company as Prospero, Coriolanus, Brutus, and Petruchio. Cariou also became a lead actor at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis in the 1960s, where he played Orlando in As You Like It, Agamemnon in Tyrone Guthrie's compilation of The House of Atreus, Iago, Oberon, and the title roles in Henry V and King Lear. He was also an Associate Director.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born on September 30, 1939.
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