A Bronx Tale
About A Bronx Tale
Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will take you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love and above all else: family.
A BRONX TALE is directed by two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, written by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, with songs by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and three-time Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo, and produced by music mogul Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers (Jersey Boys, Matilda) and Tribeca Productions.
“West Side Story” meets “Jersey Boys” in this coming-of-age musical from director Robert De Niro about the power of family and love to cross cultural and social divides. Most kids don’t witness a murder outside their front door, but Calogero is not most kids. When Calogero is asked by the cops to identify the killer (the neighborhood’s resident “bad guy,” Sonny), he doesn’t turn in Sonny, and in turn, wins his undying devotion. As Calogero grows up, he begins spending more and more time around Sonny, who becomes like a father to him, but his own parents are wary of the gangster’s influence. Sonny has Calogero, or “C” as he calls him, run errands for him and hang out with his fellow gangsters, but when Calogero’s attention starts to turn to Jane, a black girl from his high school, the cultural and social divides in his life and his neighborhood come to a head.
Based on book writer Chazz Palminteri’s own story and inspired by the 1993 film of the same name, “A Bronx Tale” features music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. The film’s director and star Robert De Niro co-directs with Jerry Zaks, and the show had its world premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey in 2016. “The New York Times” named the musical a “Critic’s Pick” and calls it “the musical-theater equivalent of...comfort food.”
What To Watch For
- The musical is not the first time Chazz Palminteri’s story has been on Broadway. Palminteri wrote and performed a one-man show about his life in 1989, and that play inspired the film. The one-man show was on Broadway in 2007, directed by Jerry Zaks and starring Palminteri.
- Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks met on the 1996 movie “Marvin’s Room,” which starred De Niro and Meryl Streep. It was the first movie Zaks directed.
- “A Bronx Tale” marks the second time Nick Cordero, who stars as Sonny, has played a role originated by Chazz Palminteri. (Palminteri played the role in the film.) Cordero also starred in the musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” as Cheech, the part Palminteri played in the film.
- Palminteri originally planned to write the lyrics for the musical but hired Slater, who was the lyricist for “Sister Act” and “School of Rock,” when Palminteri heard one of Slater’s songs.
- Costume designer William Ivey Long worked very closely with Robert De Niro to get the look exactly right. De Niro was particularly involved in getting the exact right shirt collar look, and he drew a sketch for Long which helped create the final product onstage.
2hr 10min (incl. intermission)
Recommended for 12 + (Strong language; Gun shot effects). Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
220 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036
The Longacre, named for Longacre Square (now Times Square), was built by producer/manager H.H. Frazee (also known as the owner of the Boston Red Sox who sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees). After Frazee fell into financial difficulties, the theatre changed hands many times before being sold to Astor Theatre Incorporated, a Shubert subsidiary, in 1919. WOR leased it from 1943-1953 as a radio and television playhouse.