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“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.