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A Bronx Tale

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Based on Chazz Palminteri's solo show which inspired the 1993 film, this new musical is co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks, with songs by Alan Menken.

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'A Bronx Tale: The New Musical' is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else, family. 'A Bronx Tale' is written by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, with original doo-wop songs by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken ('Newsies,' 'The Little Mermaid') and three-time Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater.

 
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65
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85
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

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Variety

"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." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

70
Theatermania

"When a property has been waxed to a commercial Broadway shine as this one has at the Longacre Theatre, it's hard to locate the cracks and crevices that originally gave it character. But when the rhythms and melodies of the story's milieu are fully engaged in painting the picture of this microcosm on Belmont Avenue, 'A Bronx Tale: The Musical' is completely captivating." Full Review

75
The Hollywood Reporter

"Because it resembles an urban fairy tale, Palminteri’s story works even better as a musical than it has in its earlier incarnations where its stereotypical aspects felt more glaring...'A Bronx Tale'—in the second half, packed with a succession of melodramatic incidents—can feel rushed and unconvincing...While the score doesn’t feature any breakout songs, it is tuneful and fun...Though hardly sophisticated entertainment, 'A Bronx Tale' has genuine charms." Full Review

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The Guardian (UK)

"A reasonably enjoyable period piece…But whereas some shows swing for the fences, this is one doesn’t aim much further than second base. This is a premiere that feels more like a revival and comes shrink-wrapped in its own nostalgia…Most of the pop, ballad and doo-wop numbers are satisfying, though forgettable...There’s not much that’s surprising in the show’s look or its dance sequences...It is well served by its leads, particularly the rumble-voiced Cordero." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Too many of the songs are inconsequential, which serves to dilute those ingratiating, low-brow, mob-infused charms which won audiences over in the first (and second) place...'A Bronx Tale' is unlikely to work without a strong performance in the central role of the gangster Sonny. Fortunately, Nick Cordero carries the musical with aplomb...'A Bronx Tale' gets a passing grade, and might well prove a crowdpleaser; but 'Jersey Boys,' it’s not." Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

"What might have been a gut-punch melodrama ends up a half-hearted musical bildungsroman...Palminteri's book only roughs it in, and the often tuneful and literate songs don't dig deeply enough under the story's surface to reach the primal emotions underneath...Directors DeNiro and Zaks have delivered a brisk, efficient production, which, nevertheless, lacks the flavor of life...How is it that a show with murders, beatings, family secrets, and shocking betrayals, ultimately seems so weightless?" Full Review

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New York Theater

"The characters feel borrowed from 'Jersey Boys' and 'Guys and Dolls,' the plot in Act II from 'West Side Story.' And Alan Menken’s score, a pleasing if generic mix of doo-wop and Motown and Broadway ballads, manages to make 'A Bronx Tale' feel like an old jukebox musical...'A Bronx Tale' is unlikely to make anybody’s top 10 list. But the show is also unlikely to disappoint theatergoers nostalgic for the old neighborhood and the old-time Broadway show." Full Review

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New York Magazine / Vulture

"For all the craft and polish applied, this musical winds up right in the middle of the wrong place. It’s an unmoving target...Nothing rings true...The songs are all as professional and tuneful as you would expect from the team of Menken and Slater...They do perfectly well what songs are supposed to do in standard commercial musicals...But in doing so they normalize material that should not be normalized...That’s a shame; the musical is handsome and reasonably well performed." Full Review

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Theatre's Leiter Side

“Much of it is raucously enjoyable—it received a sincere standing ovation—and the heart of Palminteri's original remains intact, but its soul seems compromised by the window dressing of a big-budget production...Performed with pumped-up gusto for a fast-moving two hours, only occasionally stopping to catch its breath, the show, with its saucy profanity and comical sexual allusions...isn't for audiences seeking Disney-type entertainment.” Full Review

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The Wall Street Journal

"It takes everything that was good about 'A Bronx Tale' and waters it down until it’s as tasteless as a fast-food milkshake...Not only does Mr. Thornton’s relentlessly tautological first-person narration tell you what you just saw and are about to see, but so do Glenn Slater’s flat lyrics, which start out unpromisingly and get no better. Alan Menken’s music is Disneyfied doo-wop with some ersatz Sinatra thrown in, the stuff TV commercials are made of." Full Review

65
Talkin' Broadway

"If you know you want a lot of liquidy doo-wop music, non-threatening fights and fake-looking Molotov cocktails, an aww-inducing love story, and two showy, starry central performances from Bobby Conte Thornton and Nick Cordero, then rest assured that's what you'll get, with nothing else getting in the way...Earworm wrangler Menken is in solid form here...But none of it causes your spine to tingle or your eyes to leak...There are far worse ways to burn off a couple of hours." Full Review

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AM New York

"The characters are simple, the storytelling is derivative of better-known musicals and the tone is excessively sentimental and solemn. But 'A Bronx Tale' is nevertheless an entertaining crowd-pleaser and a poignant piece of theater...There is a heartwarming aura to the storytelling and a palpable sense of sadness lurking under the nostalgia...The staging is tight and high-powered. Composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater have built a fresh and flavorful score." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"The show’s makers and shapers haven’t squandered their gifts. But they haven’t dug especially deep in the imagination department, either. 'A Bronx Tale' packs some tasty ear candy and fine performances, but it’s as conventional as it gets and could use a surprise or two...While the story unfolds strictly by the numbers, songs by Glenn Slater and Alan Menken lend periodic lifts. Menken is an ace at crafting Zelig-like melodies that evoke a period. Doo-wop and ‘60s pop loom large." Full Review

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Times Square Chronicles

"From an outstanding score by Alan Menken, touching and cohesive book by Chazz Palminteri, the effervescent choreography by Sergio Trujillo and an award-winning cast, 'A Bronx Tale' has it all. 'A Bronx Tale' is an old-fashioned musical, done the way musicals used to be with heart, soul and just a little bit of schmaltz. It is exactly what the doctor ordered in these trying times. You will get your money’s worth in entertainment and will leave feeling good about the world." Full Review

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Front Row Center

"A winningly performed but losing-ly scripted musical…Murders are forgotten about and accusations pivot for no apparent reason...This is a production that attempts to serve many masters, and the outcome is more jarring than it is synchronistic…Fortunately, the cast shines, with Mr. Cordero being the brightest of the stars." Full Review

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Deadline

"Generously plumped with ingredients from older, better shows, an easy-going familiarity suffuses 'A Bronx Tale,' along with the comforting glaze of nostalgia. They don’t make ’em like they yoozta (try as they might)...Astutely staged by Zaks and, OK, De Niro, 'A Bronx Tale' unfolds briskly...As to the score, like the story itself, it’s instantly forgettable. Every line and every rhyme comes roaring down the straightaway from a mile off." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"Cordero's sinister yet charismatic gangster-in-chief contributes mightily toward making this singing and dancing 'A Bronx Tale' an enjoyable musical entertainment...While the show has been given a sugary Disney gloss, the score is easy on the ears and the lyrics advance the story and include showstoppers...Slick, colorful and tuneful as it is, the overall feel and those echoes of 'West Side Story' do place this into pleasing but standard Broadway musical territory." Full Review

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Chicago Tribune

"Good luck getting one of the many zesty, sticky numbers out of your head...It is impossible to experience 'A Bronx Tale without myriad other musicals popping into your head...'A Bronx Tale' is a wildly uneven show—some parts feel just ridiculous in the broadness of their strokes, others entirely charming. The greatest strength of the piece lies in its characterization of Sonny...Sonny, like this show, is a thinly veiled but incurable romantic." Full Review

90
Theatre Reviews Limited

"A stunning new musical that combines realism with just the right amount of moral ambiguity and rich enduring questions to make a delicious theatrical event worth seeing once if not twice...Mr. De Niro and Mr. Zaks provide rich direction to the ensemble cast and keep the action moving forward at an appropriate pace. The realistic conflicts of each character drive a believable plot full of wonderful dramatic surprises that give the story interesting twists and turns." Full Review

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Newsday

"Chazz Palminteri’s semi-autobiographical theatrical coming-of-age story has been told and retold so many times that it has the ritualized feel of a folk myth—and not in a good way....A by-the-numbers show written by Palminteri with similarities to 'Jersey Boys' and 'West Side Story'—but not in a good way...The cast is fine, but seldom electrifying...The lyrics by Glenn Slater have nursery rhymes you can anticipate before they are sung." Full Review

75
Front Mezz Junkies

"All these actors are great, singing and dancing up a storm, and giving us a totally solid show. This solidness is maybe the only complaint I have with this show. It is so well done, a total professional piece of musical theatre, but somewhere along the way it fails to be something special. I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy myself at any given moment, but I was never swept away...There doesn’t seem to be any stand out numbers." Full Review

40
The Wrap

"Why does the adult Calogero have to be as strictly white-bread boring as Tony in 'West Side Story'...While some of the problem is Thornton’s vanilla performance, the book gives its lead character little to do but narrate...He and others are saddled with the music of Alan Menken...Why does everyone sound like they’re still listening to the Four Seasons and the Ronettes despite all the violence and death circling around them?...A score that’s more Disney than the Bronx." Full Review

60
NorthJersey.com

"'A Bronx Tale' isn’t a bad musical. It just doesn’t seem a necessary one...Despite an ultimate wimp-out, the conflict over Calogero’s soul is basic and sturdy, and the musical cruises through it in the first act with speed and focus. In the second act, though, the dramatics get messy and overblown...While there are good things in the musical, it comes across as routine and predictable...If the up-tempo numbers are fun, the syrupy, clichéd ballads are a dreary lot." Full Review

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84
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Enjoyable, Earnest

See it if you enjoy a fairly by-the-book musical that you'll remember little about the next week but that entertains you while it has you in the seat.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a show that is less simplistic in its treatment of racial issues. The lead is forgiven much too quickly for an egregious slur.

83
Funny, Clever, Resonant, Entertaining, Enjoyable

See it if you want to see a well-acted coming-of-age story with good acting and an enjoyable score.

Don't see it if you want a more original, ambitious production; this isn't the most original show, but it is an entertaining one.

74
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if You enjoyed Jersey Boys, musicals based on a film, violence on stage; pleasant enough for an evening

Don't see it if You dislike mob topics or violence; want to see something thought provoking and deep

85
Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you loved the movie. Want to see a great adaptation with excellent performances by the entire cast. Enjoyed the show much more than expected

Don't see it if You are sick and tired of movie to musical remakes. Cannot take loud gunshot noises or hate mob related drama.

85
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy the music of Alan Menken, enjoy the original "A Bronx Tale," loved "Jersey Boys"

Don't see it if You are seeking fresh, innovative approaches to musicals.

50
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You liked Jersey Boys, West Side Story, Hairspray and shows like them--but not enough to be disappointed this isn't as good as any of them.

Don't see it if You want a show that wants to pick a consistent style, want a fresh show with a new voice, or believe any of the hype. Just disappointing.

81
Entertaining, Fun, Great singing, Good adaptation of the play and movie

See it if you want to see the 1 man play turned into a faithful enjoyable musical with well developed story & characters about growing up in the Bronx

Don't see it if you don't like plays and movies turned into musicals that are pretty well copies of the originals.

75
Engaging, Great staging, Great cast

See it if you want to see stunning work from Ariana DeBose, Bobby Conte Thornton, Nick Cordero & ESPECIALLY Richard H. Blake

Don't see it if you're not already a fan of the source material; if nostalgic/romantic treatment of fairly brutal violence & criminality isn't your bag

80
Banal, Disappointing, Entertaining, Static, Unoriginal

See it if you really love the 60's, the movie "A Bronx Tale," or coming of age stories.

Don't see it if you're expecting something to make you see this story in a new way, hear music that you'll never forget, or see revolutionary staging.

65
Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you've enjoyed the movie and want a more classic Broadway template.

Don't see it if you would like a deeper story or some emotional connection to the characters.

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82
Funny, Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy Alan Menken music. You like Richard H. Blake or Nick Cordero (they absolutely kill it). You like doo-wop music. Want a fun night

Don't see it if You want a very deep piece of theatre. You want meaningful lyrics. You don't like doo-wop music.

71
A deja vu musical.

See it if You like the Bronx If you want to see remnants of West Side Story, In the Heights, Hairspray & Jersey Boys recycled. Good but not great.

Don't see it if If you've seen West Side Story, In the Heightsr,Hairspray or Jersey Boys. You have no patience for eye rolling melodrama appearing in act 2

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Dated, Great singing

See it if you are moved by stories of Fathers and Sons.

Don't see it if you expect music like other Alan Menken musicals.

88
Don't forget about it!

See it if You like broad comedy with heart and some fine erformances.

Don't see it if You are wary of somewhat stereotyped Italians

40
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you have friends who really want to see the show.

Don't see it if you value your time and don't want to feel uncomfortable.

84
Delightful, Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you are curious to see how the screen story plays on Broadway with imaginative staging and a fresh score. Loved the doo-wop numbers.

Don't see it if you aren't into a somewhat sentimental and melodramatic musical.

83
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you like NY stories, and as advertised like Jersey Boys and West side story

Don't see it if If you don't want to see a story about growing up in a rough neigborhood.

80
Funny, Delightful, Confusing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you like West Side Story, Jersey Boys, Guys and Dolls, and period shows about New York

Don't see it if misogyny in any time period irks you, or just don't understand how little boys get involved with mob bosses/gambling ring leaders

68
Romantic, Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want to see some interesting acting choices. Nick Cordero is great, as always.

Don't see it if you want something new or exciting.

82
Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You want a good story that is well staged. I liked it more than I expected. Music is weakest part except one number. Acting was very good.

Don't see it if You need perfection or hated the movie. It's a nice show with solid moments.

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like the movie and like musicals

Don't see it if You dont like maifia related movies

80
Absorbing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you like the play &/or movie, are a fan of JERSEY BOYS or just want to see a very New York show with Nick Cordero.

Don't see it if you want to see a conceptual show or one with concepts. Or HAMILTON.

80
Funny, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Alan Menken's score is catchy. Some good tunes, and a good story about a mob boss who mentors a boy. Nick Cordero is perfect. Entertaining!

Don't see it if you don't like typical love stories akin to West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet.

79
Romantic, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you loved and miss Jersey Boys, like doo-wop, enjoy the film or stories of star-crossed lovers

Don't see it if you've never seen the film or hope to see something up to par with acclaimed shows of late

80
Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You liked the movie. (It stays pretty close to it.) You miss Jersey Boys. You love Alan Menken (tho I don't think this music was his best).

Don't see it if You're looking for something original. There was a Jersey Boys, West Side Story, small bit of Hairspray mash-up feel to this.

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