A Bronx Tale (musical)

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A Bronx Tale
The New Musical
A Bronx Tale playbill.jpeg
Playbill for the Original Broadway Production
MusicAlan Menken
LyricsGlenn Slater
BookChazz Palminteri
BasisA Bronx Tale
by Chazz Palminteri
PremiereFebruary 4, 2016:
Paper Mill Playhouse
Millburn, New Jersey
Productions2016 Paper Mill Playhouse
2016 Broadway

A Bronx Tale is a musical based on the play by the same name with a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Glenn Slater. After a ten-year development process, the original one man show was adapted into a new musical and premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn, New Jersey) on February 4, 2016, before opening on Broadway December 1 later that year.

The musical is co-directed by Robert De Niro, who directed the original film, and Jerry Zaks, who directed the one man show on Broadway in 2007. The show also features choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Tommy Mottola serves as the production's leading producer.

Production history[edit]

The musical began previews on Broadway on November 3, 2016, before officially opening on December 1, 2016, at the Longacre Theatre where it continues to run today.[1][2] On August 31, Christiani Pitts joined the cast after original serving as understudy for Jane, while Adam Kaplan joined the cast as Calogero on November 9, 2017. They succeeded Bobby Conte Thornton and Ariana DeBose. Other cast members included "Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Lucia Giannetta as Rosina, and Bradley Gibson as Tyrone."[3]

The production includes sets by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Howell Binkley, and sound by Gareth Owen. The cast features Bobby Conte Thornton as Calogero, Nick Cordero as Sonny, Hudson Loverro as Young Calogero with Athan Sporek as his alternate, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Ariana DeBose as Jane, and Lucia Giannetta as Rosina.[4]

On January 30, it was announced that the show will launch a North American national tour in fall 2018.[5]

On May 3, 2018, it was announced that Chazz Palminteri will be joining the cast as Sonny for a limited time beginning May 24.[6]

On June 27, 2018, the show announced that it would close on August 5, 2018, after playing 700 regular performances and 29 previews.[7]

Musical numbers[edit]

Act I
  • "Belmont Avenue" – Calogero and Ensemble
  • "Look to Your Heart" – Lorenzo and Young Calogero
  • "Roll 'Em" – Sonny, Young Calogero and Ensemble
  • "I Like It" – Young Calogero and Ensemble
  • "Giving Back the Money" – Lorenzo, Young Calogero, Rosina and Sonny
  • "I Like It (Reprise)" – Calogero, Young Calogero, Sonny and Ensemble
  • "Ain't It The Truth" – Calogero, Handsome Nick, Crazy Mario and Sally Slick
  • "Out of Your Head" – Calogero, Jane and Ensemble
  • "Nicky Machiavelli" – Sonny and Ensemble
  • "These Streets" – Lorenzo, Sonny, Rosina and Ensemble
Act II
  • "Webster Avenue" – Jane, Calogero, Tyrone, Jesse, Denise and Frieda
  • "Out of Your Head (Reprise)" – Jane
  • "One of the Great Ones" – Sonny
  • "Ain't It The Truth (Reprise)" – Tyrone and Jesse
  • "Look to Your Heart (Reprise)" – Rosina
  • "One of the Great Ones (Reprise)" – Calogero
  • "Hurt Someone" – The Company
  • "In a World Like This" – Calogero, Jane and Ensemble
  • "The Choices We Make" – The Company

Casts[edit]

The principal original cast of the Broadway production.

Character Paper Mill Playhouse Original Broadway Cast National Tour
Calogero Jason Gotay Bobby Conte Thornton Joey Barreiro
Sonny Nick Cordero Joe Barbara
Young Calogero Joshua Colley Hudson Loverro
Athan Sporek
Frankie Leoni
Shane Pry (Alternate)
Lorenzo Richard H. Blake
Rosina Lucia Giannetta Michelle Avarena
Jane Coco Jones Ariana DeBose Brianna-Marie Bell
Tyrone N/A Bradley Gibson Antonio Beverly

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hetrick, Adam. " A Bronx Tale Musical Sets Sights on Broadway" Playbill, May 18, 2016
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew, Hetrick, Adam. " 'A Bronx Tale' Musical Will Play Broadway's Longacre" Playbill, June 13, 2016
  3. ^ "Check Out the Latest Photos of A Bronx Tale on Broadway | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew; Hetrick, Adam. "Nick Cordero Will Star in Broadway’s 'A Bronx Tale' Musical" Playbill, August 31, 2016
  5. ^ "One of the Great Ones! Broadway's A Bronx Tale Will Launch a National Tour in 2018". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  6. ^ "Chazz Palminteri to Join Cast of Broadway's A Bronx Tale | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  7. ^ "A Bronx Tale Sets Broadway Closing Date | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-07-01.