In 1993, I first saw the film version of A Bronx Tale, a movie about a young Italian boy's fascination and admiration for a local mobster in 1960's The Bronx, New York and his love for his father. The youngsters name is Calogero (nicknamed "C") by Sonny, the neigborhood crime boss. Sonny found his name too difficult to pronounce apparently. Calogero gets caught between his growing friendship with Sonny and his father Lorenzo and which path he will decide to follow in life.
Sonny was played by actor Chazz Palminteri in the film, who wrote what was originally a one-act play. Lorenzo is a local bus driver played by Robert DeNiro in the film. Mr DeNiro is the co-director of the Broadway musical version of this show along with long-time Broadway veteran Jerry Zaks. I had the opportunity to see this exciting new musical last week at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway. The World Premiere of a Bronx Tale took place on February 14, 2016 at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse.
I find it so interesting that Mr. Palminteri originally wrote a simple one-act play, converted it to a film (which grossed $17 million domestically), then decided to create a full blown Broadway musical. And quite a full blown musical it is my friends. This Broadway musical version of A Bronx Take works in every way.
With a Book by Chazz Palminiteri, Music and Lyrics by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and Choreography by Sergio Trujillo, A Bronx Tale entertains for every moment of the little more than two hours of the show's duration. Kind of short by musical standards but just the right length of time for this show I think.
This Broadway musical version has very capable lead acting by Hudson Loverro and at certain performances, Athan Sporek, who play the role of Young Calogero. The role of Calogero is played by Bobby Conte Thornton, making his Broadway debut. In addition, Broadway actor Nick Cordero (Waitress, Bullets Over Brodway) plays Sonny and Lorenzo is played by Richard H. Blake (Jersey Boys, Wicked, Legally Blonde). Calogero's mom, Rosina, is played by Lucia Giannetta (Les Miserables, Leap of Faith). Calogero's love interest, Jane, in this musical, is played by Ariana Debose (Hamilton, Pippin, Motown The Musical, Bring It On).
A Bronx Tale is what I would call a very well done paint by numbers musical. It has very solid acting, a well written, simple New York story, fun musical numbers, some terrific Sergio Trujillo choreography along with some "doo wopp" music of the times. Everything that makes this muscial work really well. AM New York calls A Bronx Tale " a combination of Jersey Boys and West Side Story." In fact, The Dodgers, one of this productions co-producers, is the producer of Jersey Boys, which will end a long Broadway run in a few weeks.
A Bronx Tale sold over $905,000.00 in tickets during the week of December 18, 2016. Almost near capacity at Longacre's rather small sized theatre.
If you're interested in obtaining A Bronx Tale tickets, we'd love to hear from you. A Bronx Tale has some discounted tickets we can help you purchase for weeknights in the early part of 2017. If the show wins some Tony Awards in June 2017 it's likely to go up in price naturally.
I sincerely hope that you enjoyed this post today. And I welcome the opportunity to help you with purchasing A Bronx Tale tickets or in planning a day or night out visiting one of our fantastic shows appearing on Broadway.
Cheers and best wishes to A Bronx Tale The Musical, on Broadway at New York City's Longacre Theatre.
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