Palminteri's Bronx Tale Opens on Broadway Oct. 25

By Andrew Gans
25 Oct 2007

Chazz Palminteri in A Bronx Tale.
Chazz Palminteri in A Bronx Tale.
Photo by Joan Marcus

A Bronx Tale, which marks the Broadway debut of stage and screen star Chazz Palminteri, officially opens on Broadway Oct. 25.

The one-man show which the actor performed in Los Angeles and Off-Broadway in the late '80s that inspired the 1993 film of the same name began previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre Oct. 4.

Go Productions, in association with Jujamcyn Theaters, produces the New York run, which is directed by Tony winner Jerry Zaks. The 18-week engagement will run through Feb. 10, 2008.

In the semi-autobiographical solo show, the actor plays 18 roles that depict "a rough childhood on Bronx streets populated by a cast of friends and enemies," according to press notes.

The design team comprises Paul Gallo (lighting design), James Noone (set design) and John Gromada (original music and sound design). Palminteri's wardrobe is provided by Italian menswear designer ISAIA.



The 1993 film "A Bronx Tale" was directed by Robert De Niro. The film featured Palminteri and De Niro as well as Lillo Brancato, Francis Capra, Taral Hicks, Kathrine Narducci and Joe Pesci.

About the film, Palminteri told Variety, "Over the years I've done over 50 movies, but everybody comes over to me and talks to me about 'Bronx Tale.' I walk down the street, I have people yelling lines from the movie at me. It's bigger than me."

Palminteri has also been seen on screen in "The Usual Suspects" and "Bullets Over Broadway"; he received an Academy Award nomination for his work in the latter. His last New York stage appearance was in the 2002 Al Pacino production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Tickets, priced $26.50-$96.50, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. For more information visit www.abroxtaleonbroadway.com.