Bronx Tale Recoups; National Tour Planned

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25 Feb 2008

Chazz Palminteri in <i>A Bronx Tale</i>
Chazz Palminteri in A Bronx Tale
Joan Marcus
A Bronx Tale, which ended its limited engagement on Broadway Feb. 24, recouped its entire initial investment, according to a press statement released Feb. 25. The one-man show, written by and starring stage and screen actor Chazz Palminteri, will also tour.

A national tour will kick off later in the year. Cities and dates will be announced at a later time.

Bronx Tale — which the actor performed in Los Angeles and Off-Broadway in the late '80s, inspiring the 1993 film of the same name — began previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre Oct. 4, 2007, and officially opened Oct. 25.

The 18-week run, which had been scheduled to end Feb. 10, was extended through Feb. 24 due to ticket demand. The Jerry Zaks-directed production played a total of 19 previews and 108 regular performances.

Go Productions, in association with Jujamcyn Theaters, produced the New York run. The show was one of the many darkened by the 2007 stagehands strike.



In the semi-autobiographical solo show, Palminteri played 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 comprised Paul Gallo (lighting design), James Noone (set design) and John Gromada (original music and sound design). Palminteri's wardrobe was 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.