Broadway Actor Len Cariou Reminisces About Sondheim, ‘Sweeney Todd’

Nearly 50 years ago, a young Canadian actor made his Broadway debut as a member of the Minnesota Theatre Company. It was in a very short run of a trilogy by Aeschylus. But just a couple of years later, Len Cariou went from being a featured player in a 2,500-year-old classic to leading man in some landmark Broadway musicals. First, there was “Applause” opposite Lauren Bacall, followed by the world premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music.” And then came the character he originated that is unquestionably Cariou’s most legendary role as the title character in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Chicagoans have a rare and limited opportunity to catch Cariou in his one-man show “Broadway and the Bard: An Evening of Shakespeare and Song” at Stage 773. The production runs through Sunday.

Below, watch our entire interview with Cariou.

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