A Bronx Tale (play)

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This article is about the 1990 play. For the film, see A Bronx Tale.

A Bronx Tale is an autobiographical one-man show written and performed by Chazz Palminteri.

A Bronx Tale tells the story of Calogero Anello, a young boy from a working class family who gets involved in the world of organized crime. Calogero's father is a bus driver who tries to instill working-class family values in his son. As Calogero gets older, the aura and mystique of the Mafia, and the charms of Sonny, the local mob boss who befriends Calogero (and ends up becoming a father figure to him), become difficult to resist. As Calogero comes of age, he must struggle with the choice of following his beloved father's values or submitting to the temptations of the life of organized crime.

Palminteri states that he began writing the play after being fired from a club when as a bouncer he refused entry to super agent Swifty Lazar.[1]

A Bronx Tale premiered in Los Angeles in 1990, achieving great critical success. Palminteri then moved the show to New York City, where it had a critically and commercially successful, four off-Broadway run.

Academy Award winning actor Robert De Niro attended a performance of A Bronx Tale in New York City and offered to buy the film rights to the show. Palminteri agreed to sell the film rights on the conditions that he would be able to write the screenplay and that he be cast as the role of Sonny. The film version of A Bronx Tale premiered in 1993. The film version marked the directorial debut of De Niro and helped catapult Palminteri's film acting career.

2007 Broadway revival[edit]

In 2007, Palminteri decided to revive his one-man show on Broadway. The Broadway production began previews on October 4, 2007, and premiered on October 25, 2007, at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The show closed on February 24, 2008, after 108 performances and nineteen previews. It was directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks,[2] the set was designed by Jim Noone[3] and the lighting was designed by Paul Gallo.[4] It recouped its capitalization and was followed by a national tour.[5]

Other Productions[edit]

On February 23rd, 2015, Paper Mill Playhouse announced they will produce the show at Paper Mill directed by Robert De Niro



  1. ^ "Broadway Names with Julie James," On Broadway, SiriusXM, 11 Oct 2012.
  2. ^ Isherwood, Charles.
  3. ^ "An Innocent Mentored by the Mob", The New York Times, 26 October 2007.
  4. ^ "An Innocent Mentored by the Mob", The New York Times, 26 October 2007.
  5. ^ Press Release, talkinbroadway.com

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