Len Cariou (CP)
From St Boniface to Broadway. Len Cariou is the little kid from St B. who grew up to become the toast of The Great White Way.
He's one of the most acclaimed actors and singers ever to come out of Winnipeg and he's back home. Len Cariou is here to perform in a grand show at Centennial Concert Hall with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra called Send in the Clowns. The Music of Stephen Sondheim starring Len Cariou.
Cariou is especially well-equipped to do this show since he won the Tony on Broadway as the original Sweeney Todd in Sondheim's musical of the same name. He also works constantly in film and tv - these days starring with Tom Selleck on CBS's Blue Bloods.
Terry MacLeod of Information Radio asked him five fast questions:
What's the worst flub you've ever made on stage?
My fly was undone. And my shirttail was hanging out in a matinee of Applause.
Of all the leading ladies you've worked with, which was your favourite and why?
That's a tough one. Could be Bacall. Lauren Bacall. She and I had a love affair when we were doing Applause in New York. Angela Lansbury because we spent all that time together. It was a year of my life with Glynis Johns in A Little Night Music. All those three ladies were terrific ladies and we had a wonderful time. You see them every day for about a year and a half. And we've remained friends.
You did Sweeney Todd hundreds of times. How many people do you figure you murdered in that time?
About eight our nine (per show), so multiply that by 900.
Local question: Red Velvet cake or Jeannies?
Another local question: if you could sing a duet with either Randy Bachman or Burton Cummings, which would you choose?
Neither? How about another local, Neil Young?
Oh yeah. Yup.