Sonny said it best. The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. I grew up in a Siclian-American family who often spoke of the legendary characters of years gone by they remembered from the stoops of Queens, Brooklyn and Belmont Avenue. When “A Bronx Tale” the film hit theaters in 1993, it became an instant classic in Italian homes across America. While the show originated as Chazz Palminteri’s one man show in 1990, I was fortunate enough to see Palminteri at Parker Playhouse in 2008 and interview him at an after party. While his performance was unforgettable, I always wondered in the back of my mind why a musical style format of “A Bronx Tale” didn’t exist. That would soon change.
“A Bronx Tale” the musical officially hit Broadway in 2016. Set in the 1960’s on the storied streets of The Bronx, “A Bronx Tale” the musical brings the Palminteri’s epic characters to life in a series of cleverly written songs and dynamic dance numbers. Shane Pry shines as Young Cologero. The child actor, who met with Palminteri and Robert DeNiro to prepare for his role on his first national tour holds his own on catchy numbers such as “I Like It” “Look To Your Heart” and “Roll ‘Em.”
The show, although set in the ‘60s, deals with some of the racial discrimination issues of the time that are shockingly still relevant in 2019.
If you enjoy the wiseguy humor of “Goodfellas” and “The Sopranos,” you will love this show. The Bildungsroman of Colegero may be just another Bronx tale, but it’s definitely one worth experiencing. “A Bronx Tale” the musical is playing at Broward Center for the Performing Arts through June 23. Get your tickets here.