A Bronx Tale

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A Bronx Tale

Theatre review by Steve Duffy –

A Bronx Tale is a reasonably enjoyable musical that tells the tale of an Italian-American boy, whose loyalties become divided between his family and a crime boss.

This streetwise musical takes 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 a doo-wop score, A Bronx Tale is a story about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.

Frankie Leoni, as young Calogero (and Chazz Palminteri’s real name), is an impressive young actor, who held his own while performing with the adults.

The heart of the show is Joey Barreiro, who carries and narrates the show as the teenage Calogero. He commands your attention from the moment he steps on stage.

I found both Joe Barbara, who portrays Sonny, (head mobster) and Lorenzo, (Richard H. Blake, who plays Calogero’s father), are both engaging and caring father-figures. They are both perfectly cast in their roles. 

The score is full of traditional musical-theater ballads while weaving in the grooves of Motown and doo-wop. Although they are very enjoyable in the moment and provide most of the energy of the show, you do leave not really remembering any of the songs.

Staying true to the culture of the 1960’s, be prepared to hear some racial and ethnic slurs. There are also a few observations about crime and violence and how they are viewed in different communities. 

There’s no denying that Chazz Palminteri has led an amazing life and this musical adaptation definitely does its best to capture all of the most interesting details of it


Now playing through April 14, 2019

RUNNING TIME:  2 hours and 5 minutes with an intermission

Tickets for A BRONX TALE can be purchased through an authorized ticket seller found only at Ticketmaster 800-982-2787, and by visiting www.BroadwayInBoston.com. Tickets will also be sold directly at the Citizens Bank Opera House Box Office, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm).

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