A Bronx Tale
Described as “The Jersey Boys meets West Side Story” by the “AM New York”, “A Bronx Tale” is a fascinating story about how a young New Yorker gets caught between the love and respect he has for his hard-working father and the admiration for the Mafia boss that he befriends he ultimately seeks out to become. Based on the classic film and theatrical play, the musical was a hit ever since its beginnings, taunting the audience with some amazing musical pieces and a beautiful direction by none other than Robert De Niro himself. Get the best tickets to “A Bronx Tale – The Musical” and all of the info that you need right here!
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The musical tells the story of Calogero, a small boy from the Bronx that lives in a working-class family and is hungry for some success and money, as he decides to get involved in the dangerous world of organised crime. With his father being a bus driver and a promoter of honesty and loyalty, he gets taught a lot about the values of the working-class families and how they can shape the future of America.
Growing older, Calogero finds a friend in Sonny, the local Mafia boss, who engraves a desire in Calogero to try and break the aura of mysticism around the Mafia. As he comes of age, Calogero has to make a choice between following the values that his father holds so dearly or abandoning him in order to succumb to the temptation of a life of organised crime and richness.
Past, Present, Future
In 1989, the first theatrical play was performed by Chazz Palminteri as an autobiographical, one-man show telling the original story of Calogero Anello and his torment with choosing between a regular and a Mafia-style life in the 1960’s Bronx scenery. The original play premiered in the early 1980’s in Los Angeles. After the original play debuted on the West Side of the United States, it reached immeasurable success, with every major movie studio wanting to transform it into the next big blockbuster.
After a lot of consideration by Palminteri, he finally agreed to sell the movie rights to Robert De Niro, after the last attended a performance of the play and made a substantial offer for them. The only condition put up by Palminteri was that he was to be awarded the role of Sonny in the film and he was to write the screenplay for it, with both conditions being met by De Niro. The movie premiered in ‘93 and was the first directorial hit debut for Robert De Niro but also a reputation blower for the career of actor Palminteri.
14 years after the movie premiere, Palminteri began performances as a one-man show on Broadway, with the official opening on October 25, 2007, at the famous Walter Kerr Theater. After just 108 performances, the curtain was forever dropped over the play, but because of its success, the production immediately went on a national tour.
Ten years in the making after the 2007 production, the musical was finally ready with the book written by none other than Chazz Palminteri himself. Music was produced by Alan Menken, with lyrics by talented Glenn Slater. The musical first premiered at the “Paper Mill Playhouse” in Millburn, New Jersey, with co-direction by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. The choreography was assured by Sergio Trujillo, with Tommy Mottola serving as the leading producer.
The sets that are still used today on the Broadway show are designed by world-famous sets designer Beowulf Boritt, with costumes by William Ivey Long and lighting by Howell Binkley. The nowadays cast features Adam Kaplan as Calogero, Nick Cordero as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzon and Christiani Pitts as Jane. The official opening of the musical happened on December 1st, 2016, at the amazing “Longacre Theatre” on 48th Street, where it’s still in production today.
About the director
Robert De Niro is one of the most well-known names in the movie industry. Two times Academy Award winner, De Niro has a long career as a leading actor and director, his movies holding on to the tops of the charts for years on end. His long-lasting collaboration with Martin Scorsese won him an Oscar for “Best Actor” for his role as Jake LaMotta in the 1980’s “Raging Bull”. He is best known for his role as Vito Corleone in the 1974 film “The Godfather Part II”, which also won him an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor”.
You can find the best tickets to “A Bronx Tale – The Musical” on the official website of the Broadway production at www.abronxtalethemusical.com, where there’s also an updated schedule. Ticket prices start from as low as $50 for a balcony seat, $77 for a mezzanine seat and $89 for an Orchestra seat. Performances are set for every day of the week except for Mondays, with two curtains on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 7:00/8:00 PM and one in the remaining days of the week at 2:00/3:00 or 7:00/8:00 PM.
Facts about “A Bronx Tale – The Musical”
- There are 10 musical pieces in Act I of the musical and 9 in Act II;
- The name of the “Longacre Theatre” where the musical is now in production was chosen after the name of the Longacre Square, which was the original name of the now-globally famous Times Square;
- For the original 1989 play, Palminteri declared that he started writing the story just after he got fired from a club where he was working as a doorman when he denied entrance to the club to movie stars agent Swifty Lazar.