A Bronx Tale: The Musical is currently playing on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre to record-breaking audiences. The show is based on Chazz Palminteri’s 1989 one man play (which became a fleshed-out 1993 feature film, directed by and starring Robert DeNiro) about a young man’s coming of age in an Italian-American neighborhood in the thrall of a brutal and charismatic local hoodlum. It features a cast of 31, a score composed by Alan Menken and is directed by Jerry Zaks and DeNiro.
In 2008 Palminteri performed the one-man show on Broadway and joined us on Theater Talk to discuss it. In the wake of the new musical version’s popularity, we thought it would be a good time to repeat this episode of our series in which Palminteri talks about what inspired him to become an actor, a writer and to create this now classic work.