Book by Chazz Palminteri, Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Glenn Slater
A BRONX TALE premiered at the Tony Award–winning Paper Mill Playhouse to critical and popular acclaim in Spring 2016. A BRONX TALE opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on December 1, 2016, following previews from November 3. The show ended its Broadway run on August 5, 2018, having played 700 performances and as the second longest running show in the history of the Longacre Theatre.
Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical takes audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.
A BRONX TALE, based on the original direction by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, will feature tour direction by Stephen Edlund with choreography by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo. The creative team also includes: Beowulf Boritt, Scenic Design; William Ivey Long, Costume Design; Howell Binkley, Lighting Design; Gareth Owen, Sound Design; Paul Huntley, Hair & Wig Design; Anne Ford-Coates, Makeup Design; Stewart/Whitley, Casting; and Robert Westley, Fight Coordinator. Music Supervision and Arrangements are by Ron Melrose and Orchestrations are by Doug Besterman.
A BRONX TALE evolved from the one-man Off-Broadway play, A BRONX TALE, written and performed by Chazz Palminteri in 1989. During the original Off Broadway and subsequent Los Angeles engagements, Robert De Niro came to see the show, and brought the story and star Palminteri to the screen in 1993, making his film directorial debut in the process. Following the success of the film, Palminteri performed the one-man show A Bronx Tale on Broadway in the 2007-2008 Season.
CHAZZ PALMINTERI (Book) wrote and performed his one-man show A Bronx Tale for the first time in 1989 before moving it off-Broadway. Mr. Palminteri went on to write the screenplay and co-star in the screen adaptation of A Bronx Tale alongside Robert De Niro. Mr. Palminteri has more than 55 movies to his credit as an actor, writer, and director, including The Usual Suspects, Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award nomination), Analyze This, Hurlyburly, Mullholland Falls, Faithful (also written by Mr. Palminteri), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Yonkers Joe, Jolene and most recently Legend starring Tom Hardy. Mr. Palminteri had a recurring role on the hit show Modern Family and has starred in Blue Bloods. Mr. Palminteri directed the HBO series Oz (episode “Unnatural Disasters”), Showtime’s Women vs Men, and the feature film Noel starring Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, and Robin Williams.
ALAN MENKEN (Music) composed the stage and film musicals Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Aladdin and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Mr. Menken’s other stage musicals include God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz; A Christmas Carol; Sister Act and Leap of Faith. Mr. Menken’s film musicals also include Life With Mikey, Pocahontas, Hercules, The Shaggy Dog, Enchanted, Tangled and Mirror, Mirror. Some of Mr. Menken’s television credits include Galavant, The Neighbors, Lincoln, Sesame Street and more. Mr. Menken won eight Oscar Awards, 11 Grammy Awards (including Song of the Year), seven Golden Globe Awards, a Tony Award, an Olivier Award, a New York Drama Critics Award, a London Evening Standard Theatre Award, induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has performed internationally, live in concert at Budokan, Hollywood Bowl, Tuacahn, the Segerstrom Center, Osaka-Jo, Anaheim Convention Center, Brigham Young University, Chicago Auditorium, etc. Some of Mr. Menken’s other awards and honors include Billboard’s #1 single and album, Disney Legend, and honorary doctorates from NYU and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
GLENN SLATER (Lyrics) is a three-time Tony nominee for the international hit musicals The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, and School of Rock, and a co-creator of Disney’s worldwide smash Tangled (Grammy Winner, Oscar and Golden Globe noms). With frequent collaborator Alan Menken, he wrote the songs for ABC-TV’s cult series Galavant (Emmy nominee) and the Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series; as well as the animated comedy Sausage Party, Disney’s Home On The Range, and Broadway musicals Leap of Faith and A Bronx Tale. Glenn also provided the book and lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, which is currently touring the globe after its West End premiere. Most recently, Glenn penned the book for Beatsville (with composer/lyricist/wife Wendy Wilf), which debuted at Sarasota’s Asolo Rep. Glenn lives in NYC, and is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.
ROBERT DE NIRO (Original Director), considered one of America’s greatest actors, won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather: Part II and the 1980 Academy Award for Best Actor for Raging Bull. He received Academy Award nominations for Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings, Cape Fear and Silver Linings Playbook. De Niro is a four-time New York Film Critics Circle Award winner in addition to winning the 1981 Golden Globe Award for Raging Bull. A recipient of the 2011 Cecil B. DeMille Award and the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors, he was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and six BAFTA Awards. De Niro made his film directorial debut in 1993 with A Bronx Tale and in 2006 directed The Good Shepherd.
JERRY ZAKS (Original Director) was most recently represented on Broadway by Hello, Dolly!, A Bronx Tale: the musical, and Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower. Mr. Zaks has directed more than 30 productions in New York. He has received four Tony Awards and been nominated eight times. He’s also received four Drama Desks, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, and an Obie. His credits include Nantucket Sleigh Ride, Shows For Days, Sister Act, The Addams Family, Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, House of Blue Leaves, The Front Page, A Funny Thing…Forum, Smokey Joe’s Café, Anything Goes, La Cage aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Foreigner, A Bronx Tale, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and the original production of Assassins. He began his career directing the extraordinary plays of Christopher Durang including Sister Mary Ignatius…, Beyond Therapy, Baby with the Bath Water, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. He directed the award-winning film Marvin’s Room, starring Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton; and Who Do You Love, which was featured in the Toronto Film Festival. Mr. Zaks is a founding member, and serves on the board, of the Ensemble Studio Theater. He received the SDC’s George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1967, received an MFA from Smith College in 1969, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Dartmouth in 1999. He is a 2013 inductee to the Theatre Hall of Fame.
STEPHEN EDLUND (Tour Director). Credits: Hello, Dolly! (Broadway, National Tour), Meteor Shower (Broadway), A Bronx Tale (Broadway, Paper Mill Playhouse), Sister Act (Broadway, National Tour), Shows for Days (Lincoln Center Theater), Randy Newman’s Harps and Angels (Center Theatre Group) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Center Theatre Group). Love to Mom, Dad and David.
SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer) is the recipient of a Tony Award for Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations and an Olivier award for Memphis the Musical. Broadway: Ain’t Too Proud (Tony Award/Outer Critics Circle/Chita Rivera nominations), On Your Feet(Tony Award nominee, Outer Critics Circle/Astaire Awards), Memphis (Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), Jersey Boys (Olivier/Drama Desk/ OCC/Greenroom/Dora nominations), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical(Chita Rivera Award), A Bronx Tale (Chita Rivera Award nomination), The Addams Family, Next to Normal, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), Leap of Faith (Drama Desk nomination), Guys and Dolls (Astaire Awards nomination), and All Shook Up. Director/ choreographer: Cirque De Soleil’s Paramour (Stage Entertainment), Arrabal (ART—Elliot Norton Award), Gloria Estefan on Broadway (Minskoff Theatre), Flashdance: The Musical (National tour). Other Theatre: Invisible Thread (Second Stage – Astaire Award nomination), Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Musical (Olney Theatre—Helen Hayes Award nomination), Freaky Friday (Signature Theatre), and The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse). International credits: Disney’s Tarzan (Stage Entertainment), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), West Side Story (Stratford Festival).