A Bronx Tale goes Broadway this fall at the Longacre Theatre with Robert De Niro sharing the director’s chair with four time Tony winner Jerry Zaks for A Bronx Tale, The Musical. Tommy Mottola is slated to produce.
Chazz Palminteri first wrote and performed A Bronx Tale as a one man show Off-Broadway in 1989, and the project was soon turned into a movie with De Niro behind the camera. Both actors costarred in the 1993 film, which Palminteri wrote. In 2007, Palminteri brought A Bronx Tale back to the stage as, once again, a one-man show.
“It’s a Bronx boy’s dream come true for A Bronx Tale, The Musical to move to Broadway!” Palminteri, who will write the book for the new musical, said in a statement. “It’s a great story and a great story can morph into many different forms – a one-man show, a movie and a now, a musical. We get the best of both worlds with De Niro having directed the film and Zaks having directed the one-man show. There are only three things you can do to an audience — make them laugh, make them cry or you can scare them. In A Bronx Tale, The Musical we do all three.”
Alan Menken will compose the music for A Bronx Tale musical, with Glenn Slater writing the lyrics. Menken’s résumé includes Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors, and Sister Act. Slater previously wrote the lyrics for Broadway’s School of Rock, Sister Act, and Little Mermaid.
A Bronx Tale, The Musical will open on Dec. 1 with previews beginning Nov. 3. Tickets go on sale June 24 at Telecharge. Casting is expected to be announced soon.