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A Bronx Tale: The Musical begins performances tonight

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The Broadway premiere of A Bronx Tale: The Musical, co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks, begins previews at Broadway's Longacre Theatre tonight. An official opening is scheduled for 1 December.

A Bronx Tale: The Musical features a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater.

Synopsis: "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 infectious doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family."

Reprising their roles from the Paper Mill Playhouse production are Nick Cordero (Sonny) and Richard H. Blake (Lorenzo), along with Lucia Giannetta (Rosina). New additions to the principal cast include Bobby Conte Thornton (Calogero), Ariana DeBose (Jane),Bradley Gibson (Tyrone) and Hudson Loverro and Athan Sporek (alternating as Young Calogero).

The ensemble of A Bronx Tale: The Musical includes Gilbert L. Bailey II, Joe Barbara, Michael Barra, Jonathan Brody, Ted Brunetti, Brittany Conigatti, Kaleigh Cronin, Trista Dollison, David Michael Garry, Rory Max Kaplan, Dominic Nolfi, Christiani Pitts, Paul Salvatoriello, Joey Sorge, Cary David Tedder, Kirstin Tucker, Keith White, Michelle Aravena, Gerald Caesar, Charlie Marcus, Wonu Ogunfowora, and Joseph J. Simeone.

The creative team behind A Bronx Tale: The Musical features choreography by Sergio Trujillo, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen, hair & wig design by Paul Huntley, makeup design by Anne Ford-Coates, and fight co-ordination by Robert Westley.

Music supervision and Arrangements are by Ron Melrose, with orchestrations by Doug Besterman and musical direction by Jonathan Smith.

A Bronx Tale: The Musical originally premiered at the Tony-winning Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey on 4 February 2016.

A Bronx Tale: The Musical is produced on Broadway by Tommy Mottola and the Dodgers with Tribeca Productions.

- by Tom Millward

Nick Cordero & Richard H. Blake in A Bronx Tale: The Musical

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