Nick Cordero, Hudson Loverro and the cast of A Bronx Tale the Musical. Photo by Joan Marcus
Book by Chazz Palminteri
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Directed by Robert de Niro and Jerry Zaks
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo
Cast: Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose, Lucia Giannetta, Bradley Gibson, Hudson Loverro
Ensemble: Michelle Aravena, Gilbert L. Bailey II, Joe Barbara, Michael Barra, Jonathan Brody, Ted Brunetti, Gerald Caesar, Brittany Conigatti, Kaleigh Cronin, Trista Dollison, David Michael Garry, Rory Max Kaplan, Charlie Marcus, Dominic Nolfi, Wonu Ogunfowora, Christiani Pitts, Paul Salvatoriello, Joseph J. Simeone, Joey Sorge, Athan Sporek, Cary David Tedder, Kirstin Tucker, Keith White
Scenic Design: Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design: William Ivey Long
Lighting Design: Howell Binkley
Sound Design: Gareth Owen
Hair & Wig Design: Paul Huntley
Makeup Design: Anne Ford-Coates
First Performance November 3, 2016
Opening December 1, 2016
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Based on the critically acclaimed play 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.
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.
Charles Isherwood – New York Times
Sometimes plain old pasta with red sauce is just what the doctor ordered. “A Bronx Tale,” which opened at the Longacre Theater on Broadway on Thursday, might be called the musical-theater equivalent of that classic comfort food. It doesn’t break ground or dazzle with an unusual recipe — like, say, mixing rap and American history — but it delivers reliable pleasures with polished professionalism and infectious energy.
Marilyn Stasio – Variety
To the best of our knowledge, “A Bronx Tale,” Chazz Palminteri’s love letter to the wise guys and tough street kids from his old neighborhood has not been re-imagined as a ballet, but given the popularity of this vintage material, that might very well be in the works. After the 1989 solo show, the 1993 movie directed by Robert De Niro and the 2007 Broadway production staged by Jerry Zaks, where else could this show go but back to Broadway as a musical starring Nick Cordero? Is it a good fit? Not really, but there’s something nicely symmetrical about the material progress. Next up: surely an opera.
Frank Scheck – The Hollywood Reporter
Because it resembles an urban fairy tale, Palminteri’s story works even better as a musical than it has in its earlier incarnations where its stereotypical aspects felt more glaring. His skillful adaptation thankfully retains the gritty language and violence as well as its often raucous humor.
Patrick Maley – NJ.com
New York gangsters sing and dance successfully in “Guys and Dolls,” and uptown street punks do the same in “West Side Story.” “A Bronx Tale” recalls both if only to illuminate its comparative limitations. Palminteri’s semi-autobiographical story at the heart of this show remains compelling, but “A Bronx Tale” is ultimately much better (and more inexpensively experienced) as a movie.
Robert Hofler – The Wrap
Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks co-direct “A Bronx Tale,” having performed those chores, respectively, on the film and the play. On those occasions, though, they did not have to contend with a score that’s more Disney than the Bronx.
Joe Dziemianowicz – NY Daily News
But they haven’t dug especially deep in the imagination department, either. “A Bronx Tale” at the Longacre Theatre packs some tasty ear candy and fine performances, but it’s as conventional as it gets and could use a surprise or two.
Jeremy Gerard – Deadline
An old-fashioned party line connects Belmont Avenue in the Bronx with Times Square, where a gaggle of Broadway talent has been phoning it in for the musical version of Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale. Seasoned with street-corner harmonies recalling the plaintive crooning of such local sensations as Dion and the Belmonts, and generously plumped with ingredients from older, better shows, an easy-going familiarity suffuses A Bronx Tale, along with the comforting glaze of nostalgia. They don’t make ’em like they yoozta (try as they might).
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune
The truth, of course, is they are in the long-lived world of 45th Street, as massaged by skilled practitioners of the sentimental form. “A Bronx Tale” is a wildly uneven show — some parts feel just ridiculous in the broadness of their strokes, others entirely charming. The greatest strength of the piece lies in its characterization of Sonny — a far more benign mob boss than we are used to seeing. If Tony Soprano was neuroses and paradox writ large, Sonny, like this show, is a thinly veiled but incurable romantic, always comfortable in his own skin.
Jesse Green – Vulture
There’s a good reason Broadway musicals traditionally leave the gangsters backstage. Except when handled with the greatest skill — as in, say, Guys and Dolls — stories that include mob hits or street violence or sadistic shakedowns are always going to conflict with the chipper razzmatazz that characterizes the form. Perhaps the authors of A Bronx Tale, which opened tonight at the Longacre, felt they could finesse that problem by splitting the difference between very dark works like West Side Story and very silly ones like Bullets Over Broadway. But no: For all the craft and polish applied, this musical winds up right in the middle of the wrong place. It’s an unmoving target.
Terry Teachout – Wall Street Journal
When should a movie be turned into a Broadway musical? “Never” is a big word, but the better the film, the longer the odds that it won’t survive the transformation without major damage. That’s why I had low hopes for “A Bronx Tale,” the new stage version of the 1993 coming-of-age movie directed by Robert De Niro, who has also co-directed the musical in collaboration with Jerry Zaks. It’s a fine little film, by turns sweetly poignant and tough-minded—so fine, in fact, that it’s hard to see how it could be improved by adding songs and dances. And that’s what’s wrong with the musical: It takes everything that was good about “A Bronx Tale” and waters it down until it’s as tasteless as a fast-food milkshake.