REVIEW ROUNDUP: “A Bronx Tale” Opened with a ShowScore of 74

Show-Score | Dec 2, 2016
“A Bronx Tale,” based on Chazz Palminteri's solo show, with songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, and direction by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, opened on December  1, 2016 in New York City. “A Bronx Tale,” based on Chazz Palminteri's solo show, with songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, and direction by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, opened on December 1, 2016 in New York City.


32 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 61.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"It doesn’t break ground or dazzle with an unusual recipe, but it delivers reliable pleasures with polished professionalism and infectious energy...If there’s a secret ingredient that gives the musical version a zest, it is the wonderful score...Certainly not without its formulaic or sentimental aspects. Few mainstream musicals are. But it captures both the milieu it evokes and the colorful characters who populate it with a buoyancy and humor that ultimately won me over."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 35
"Credit director Jerry Zaks (and co-director Robert De Niro) with terrific casting...Let’s face it, this ill-advised musical version, with an anemic score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, isn’t going to send ’em dancing up the aisles. While there are fun things to be found, like those jailbait Doo-Wop Guys singing and snapping a cappella under the streetlight, the music is soggier than overcooked meatballs and the lyrics have absolutely no bite...Sergio Trujillo’s choreography is a snooze."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 35
"There goes the neighborhood. Just when it was getting cool to go to a Broadway musical, along comes the lumbering and hackneyed 'A Bronx Tale'...A musically unmemorable mix of sappiness and contrived melodrama...Aside from Machiavelli-quoting mobster Bobby—played with expertly calibrated swagger by Nick Cordero—none of the characters command interest, and Alan Menken and Glenn Slater’s doo-wop–heavy score is far too lightweight for a plot that features murders."

“A Bronx Tale” was also reviewed by Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Chris J Kelly of The Star-Ledger (, Max McGuinness of Financial Times (UK), Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Elysa Gardner of Entertainment Weekly, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, David Roberts of Theatre Reviews Limited, Linda Winer of Newsday, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Matt Windman of AM New York, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, and Hayley Levitt of Theatermania.


The show was also reviewed by 100 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Cliched, Great staging

Rena 4, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You love Broadway musicals. It's everything you would expect. One or two numbers are sure to become classics. Reminiscent of 'West Side Story.'" 
Don't see it if…"You don't enjoy typical Broadway musicals with no surprises."
Serena C, ShowScore: 88
See it if…"You like 'Jersey Boys' or 'West Side Story.' This show has a similar vibe, with a lot of fun original musical numbers." 
Don't see it if…"You're expecting a new, groundbreaking show or you get offended by profanity. It is very entertaining, but the story and lyrics are just OK."

Mawkish TREX, ShowScore: 59  
See it if…"Nick Cordero hands out the strongest performance among the cast. The others, while commendable, are quite forgettable and uninspired." 
Don't see it if…"It brings up race and handles it extremely poorly. The plot is cliched, heavy-headed, and inconsistent. The score is borderline forgettable."

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