Spotlight on: "A Bronx Tale The Musical"
Chazz Palminteri’s one-man show inspired a feature film—and now it’s a new Broadway musical with a doo-wop score.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical takes 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 infectious doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.
- Robert De Niro came to see Palminteri’s one-man show in its first incarnation, and brought the story and its star to the screen in 1993, making his film directorial debut in the process. Jerry Zaks directed the play’s 2007 Broadway outing. They are credited together for staging this new musical.
- Palminteri starred in the film of A Bronx Tale, though he did not play the character based on his own life. However, the protagonist, an Italian-American teenager in The Bronx, is guided by two father figures—his biological father, played by De Niro; and Sonny, a local mafia boss, played by Palminteri.
The original version of A Bronx Tale premiered in Los Angeles in 1988, an autobiographical one-man show written and performed by Chazz Palminteri. The play was subsequently produced Off Broadway. The film version of A Bronx Tale premiered in 1993, directed by Robert De Niro. Palminteri performed his one-man show on Broadway in 2007, followed by a national tour. The musical version, with a book by Palminteri, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Glenn Slater, premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, New Jersey in the winter of 2016.