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Chazz Palminteri’s A BRONX TALE Coming to Broadway by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

The new musical adaptation of Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale, which premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse, will open at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre December 1, 2016; previews begin November 3rd.

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Chazz Palminteri. Photograph by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino.

Mark S. Hoebee is the producing artistic director and Todd Schmidt is the managing director of the New Jersey venue, which received the Regional Theatre Tony Award. Legendary record executive Tommy Mottola and the Dodgers with Tribeca Productions will produce the Broadway run, according to an Actors’ Equity notice. A Bronx Tale had its premiere at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in February 2016. It features a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken, and book and lyrics by Glenn Slater. The stage production is co-directed by two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography Tony Award nominee Sergio Trujillo. Palminteri’s solo play of the property, which is based on his own life story, initially premiered on Broadway in 2007 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. A Bronx Tale: The Musical, is “set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s. It is the story of an Italian-American teenager finding his path in life as he must choose between the father who raised him and a mob-boss father figure who fascinates him.” The classic 1993 film starring Palminteri and Robert De Niro is on AFI’s Top 10 Gangster Films list.

The Broadway cast includes Ariana DeBose, Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Bradley Gibson, and Lucia Giannetta.

“It’s a morality tale — a fable”, said Mr. De Niro, who directed the film and will co-direct the musical. “I always thought it would be a wonderful musical, and here we are.”

“It’s about the triumph of the human spirit, and about not wasting your life”, said Mr. Palminteri, the author.

“We have great hopes and expectations, and now we’ll see. I’ve learned that on Broadway you have to be really good, have a little bit of luck, and hope that people care about and see the things that you do”, said Tommy Mottola, who is co-producing the musical and first encountered the material when he worked on the soundtrack for the 1993 film.

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