Previews Begin for Broadway’s A Bronx Tale Musical

News   Previews Begin for Broadway’s A Bronx Tale Musical
The Alan Menken musical arrives at the Longacre Theatre, starring Nick Cordero.
Nick Cordero and Richard H. Blake in <i>A Bronx Tale</i>
Nick Cordero and Richard H. Blake in A Bronx Tale Jerry Dalia

Nick Cordero, who earned a Tony nomination playing a gangster in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, gets mobbed up again as Sonny, the starring role of the new Broadway musical A Bronx Tale: The Musical, which begins previews November 3 at the Longacre Theatre.

Based on Chazz Palminteri‘s book and film about growing up in the mafia, A Bronx Tale: The Musical features a book by Palminteri, music by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin), and book and lyrics by Glenn Slater.

The production is co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony Award nominee Sergio Trujillo.

The musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, and is scheduled to officially open on Broadway December 1.

Also among the featured cast are Richard H. Blake (Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Matilda The Musical) as Lorenzo, Bobby Conte Thornton (My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theatre) as Calogero, Ariana DeBose (Hamilton, Bring It On, Motown The Musical) as Jane, Lucia Giannetta (Les Misérables, A Bronx Tale at Paper Mill Playhouse) as Rosina, Bradley Gibson (Rocky, Chicago national tour) as Tyrone, and Hudson Loverro (Kinky Boots national tour) as Young Calogero. Athan Sporek (Les Misérables, New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker) was named the Young Calogero alternate.

The ensemble features Gilbert L. Bailey II (The Book Of Mormon, How The Grinch Stole Christmas), Joe Barbara (Grease), Michael Barra (Man of La Mancha national tour, A Bronx Tale at Paper Mill Playhouse), Jonathan Brody (Spamalot, Mary Poppins national tour), Ted Brunetti (Falsettos, Assassins), Brittany Conigatti (Matilda The Musical and Beauty and the Beast national tours, A Bronx Tale at Paper Mill Playhouse), Kaleigh Cronin (Cabaret, Jersey Boys national tour), Trista Dollison (The Lion King, Avenue Q), David Michael Garry (The Last Ship, Phantom of the Opera), Rory Max Kaplan (Jersey Boys, Chicago at the MUNY), Dominic Nolfi (Jersey Boys, Motown The Musical, A Bronx Tale at Paper Mill Playhouse), Christiani Pitts, Paul Salvatoriello (Tony n' Tina's Wedding, A Bronx Tale at Paper Mill Playhouse), Joey Sorge (Nice Work If You Can Get It; How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Drowsy Chaperone), Cary David Tedder (Memphis, Big Fish, Dames At Sea), Kirstin Tucker (Cinderella, Trip of Love, Zorba), Keith White (Jersey Boys national tour, A Bronx Tale at Paper Mill Playhouse), Michelle Aravena (Rocky, Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line), Gerald Caesar (Hairspray at MUNY), Charlie Marcus (A Chorus Line, Peter Pan), Wonu Ogunfowora (Sister Act national tour), and Joseph J. Simeone (West Side Story national tour, Little Dancer, The Hunchback of Notre Dame).

The design team includes Beowulf Boritt, scenic design (Tony Awards for Act One, The Scottsboro Boys); William Ivey Long, costume design (six-time Tony Award winner, Rodgers & Hammersteins Cinderella, Grey Gardens); Howell Binkley, lighting design (Tony Award for Jersey Boys, Tony Award nomination for Hamilton); Gareth Owen, sound design (Tony Award nominations for A Little Night Music and End of the Rainbow); Paul Huntley, hair & wig design (Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre, Fun Home, The Visit); Anne Ford-Coates, makeup design (On Your Feet!, Disaster!); Tara Rubin Casting, casting (Aladdin, Les Misérables, Jersey Boys); and Robert Westley, fight coordinator (Hand to God).

Music supervision and arrangements are by Ron Melrose (Jersey Boys), orchestrations are by Doug Besterman (three-time Tony Award winner, It Shoulda Been You, Bullets Over Broadway), and musical direction is by Jonathan Smith (Jersey Boys).

Tommy Mottola and the Dodgers with Tribeca Productions are producing the Broadway run.

Tickets are on sale at, by phone at (212) 239-6200, and at the Longacre Theatre box office on West 48th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Group tickets are available through Dodger Group Sales at (877) 536-3437.

Read reviews for the Paper Mill premiere here.

Palminteri’s solo play of the property, which is based on his own life story, premiered on Broadway in 2007 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

A Bronx Tale: The Musical, according to press notes, 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.”

(Updated November 3, 2016)

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