New in 2016 A new musical adaptation of author Chazz Palminteri's solo play, set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s.
From the producers: Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will take you 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" had its premiere at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in February 2016. The stage production is co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks.
Actor, screenwriter, producer and Oscar nominee Palminteri began telling his "Bronx Tale" in the late 1980s, earning him his big break. What started as a one-man show in Los Angeles turned into a Hollywood hit when Robert De Niro saw the story told Off-Broadway and bought the rights to transform the stage property into his screen directorial debut. De Niro starred opposite Palminteri in the 1993 film—they were the aforementioned father figures at the forefront. Palminteri’s solo play of the property premiered on Broadway in 2007 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
The show's makers and shapers haven't dug especially deep in the imagination department..."A Bronx Tale" packs some tasty ear candy and fine performances, but it's as conventional as it gets and could use a surprise or two. While the story unfolds strictly by the numbers, [the] songs lend periodic lifts.
"A Bronx Tale" isn't a bad musical. It just doesn't seem a necessary one. The musical cruises through the first act with speed and focus...in the second act, though, the dramatics get messy and overblown. While there are good things in the musical, it comes across as routine and predictable.