Sunday, July 21, 2024

Broadway: “Bronx Tale” Musical Co-Directed by Robert DeNiro, Coming December 1st


The new Broadway season is shaping up as the old one is put away this Sunday with the Tony Awards.

I’m told the musical version of “A Bronx Tale” will open on December 1st.

The show based on Chazz Palminteri’s original movie and then his one man show on Broadway, is co-directed by Jerry Zaks and Robert DeNiro. (Zaks then gets “Hello, Dolly!” ready with Bette Midler for an April opening.) Alan Menken wrote the songs.

Casting is still going on but the word is that Nick Cordero, who played Sonny this past winter in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of “A Bronx Tale,” will star here, too. Previously, he played Palminteri’s part in the musical of Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway.” Cordero is presently in “Waitress” on Broadway, where he’s severely underused.

Producers of new musicals this coming fall, winter, and next spring must be so relieved there’s no “Hamilton” like juggernaut out there coming for them. What a relief!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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