Monday, April 15, 2024

Sopranos Prequel “Many Saints of Newark” to Get Worldwide Premiere at NY’s Beacon Theater for Tribeca Film Festival


“The Many Saints of Newark” are coming to the Upper West Side.

David Chase’s prequel to “The Sopranos” will get a worldwide premiere at New York’s Beacon Theater on September 22nd. The Tribeca (formerly Film) Festival is hosting it.

(Tickets are on sale at, although every time I tried to log in via Firefox the site would not sell me tickets. Try using Explorer or Chrome. It seems a little fishy. The initial pricing was $106 for orchestra, then it jumped to $166. Wait see what happens next.)

Alessandro Nivola stars as Dickie Moltisanti (in Italian: Many Saints) father of Christopher (in English: christuphuh). As a young man Tony Soprano was raised by Dickie, then Tony returned the favor after Dickie was killed and acted a father to Christopher. Of course, in the end Tony killed the kid, played by Michael Imperioli. But you know, families….

I’m excited about Vera Farmiga playing Tony’s mother, Livia. And the press is all over Michael Gandolfini as young Tony. The movie debuts in theaters and on HBO Max on October 1st. Boy, do we need this movie to be good!


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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