A Bronx Tale Opens at Winspear Opera House Dec. 26

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A Bronx Tale
Chazz Palminteri photo by Chris Waits

Hit Broadway musical “A Bronx Tale” opens at the Winspear Opera House Dec. 26. Ticket prices start at $25, available now at www.attpac.org. The show runs through Jan. 6, 2019.

AT&T Performing Arts Center along with producers Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers, Tribeca Productions and Evamere Entertainment announced casting for the North American tour. The new musical features a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award Winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.

National Touring Cast Features Ten Alumni From Broadway Production

The cast of “A Bronx Tale” features ten alumni from the Broadway production. The cast is led by Joe Barbara as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Joey Barreiro as Calogero, Michelle Aravena as Rosina, Brianna Marie Bell as Jane, Antonio Beverly as Tyrone, Frankie Leoni as Young Calogero, and Shane Pry as Young Calogero Alternate.

The musical’s ensemble features Mike Backes, Michael Barra, Sean Bell, Josh Burrage, Joey Calveri, Giovanni DiGabrielle, John Gardiner, Peter Gregus, Haley Hannah, Kirk Lydell, Ashley McManus, Chris Messina, Kyli Rae, Joseph Sammour, Paul Salvatoriello, Jason Williams, Brittany Williams, with additional casting to be announced.

“A Bronx Tale” opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on December 1, 2016, and ended its Broadway run on August 5, 2018. After playing 700 performances, the musical was the second longest running show in the history of the Longacre Theatre.

A Bronx Tale Written & Performed By Chazz Palminteri Off-Broadway

Based on the one-man show that inspired the classic film, this streetwise musical takes audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s. 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.

The design team 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; Tara Rubin Casting, Casting; and Robert Westley, Fight Coordinator. Music Supervision and Arrangements are by Ron Melrose and Orchestrations are by Doug Besterman.

The one-man Off-Broadway play, A Bronx Tale, written and performed by Chazz Palminteri in 1989, was the nucleus of the hit musical. During its off-Broadway and subsequent Los Angeles engagements, Robert De Niro came to see the show. DeNiro brought the story and its star 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.

“A Bronx Tale” creator Chazz Palminteri paid a visit to Dallas last month for pizza with the press at Campisi’s on Mockingbird. He gave local reviewers a “behind the scenes” look at the origins of the musical, inspired by the success of his one-man off-Broadway show. Cedar Hill photographer Chris Waits took this candid shot of Palminteri at the press event.

Original Broadway Cast Album of “A Bronx Tale” is now available on Ghostlight Records in digital formats, with CDs in stores and online.

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