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A Bronx Tale (Broadway)

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Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Funny

About the show

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. More…

'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.

2h 0m | Already closed | Longacre Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1266)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Funny
80
Avg Score

82
Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, 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.

78
Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant

See it if song good singing and dancing. Very poignant with good directing and staging. Has a good story to it, boy growing up in the Bronx. old time.

Don't see it if If you don't like a musical of this genre. It has touchy subject dealing with gangsters

80
Enchanting, Cliched, Fluffy, Delightful, Quirky

See it if Entertaining plot, music and dancing. Cliched characters combine in interesting ways. An enjoyable lightweight package.

Don't see it if You are looking for more depth in the story or the music.

55
Cliched, Superficial, Hollow, Lackluster, Uninvolving

See it if you want to see a great performance by Nick Cordero in a show with a pretty terrible book and some rather mediocre songs.

Don't see it if you like shows that tell their stories with at least an ounce of honesty. Every emotional plot point feels either unearned or rushed.

35
Hackneyed, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Derivative

See it if you want to take your bridge-and-tunnel friend to a Disneyfied, diluted, corny, unnecessarily-musicalized version of a much better film/play

Don't see it if you have any respect for the powerful storytelling of the original play/film. The flimsy score is completely incompatible w/the dark themes.

82
Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you like singing/dancing musicals, Italian gangster stories, interracial love stories, family dramas, attractive main characters

Don't see it if you expect elaborate production numbers, don't enjoy cliched characters, not interested in gangster tales,

Also Give the show a chance though. Don't leave at intermission. The second... Read more Read less

72
You'd think that a combo of jersey boys + west side story would be a sure-fire combination, but you'd be wrong

See it if /4 terrific doo wop, acrobatic dancing, 1st act amusing "goomba" humor, and fine Nick Cordero as mafia don

Don't see it if "West Side Story" interracial dating plot is cliched, sentimentalizing dead mafia don is corny/unrealistic, in all meh nostalgic trip

78
Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Romantic

See it if You miss Jersey Boys or just want to see an average, upbeat American musical that you haven't seen yet and that you'll probably enjoy.

Don't see it if You'd be angry with a sanitized version of a good gangster story, an underwhelming score by Alan Menken, and generic musical staging.

99
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if If you grew up in NYC or love NYC. Phenomenal acting; storyline that flies by & is easy to follow. Loved the songs too.

Don't see it if You hate doo wop music. You hate singing and dancing by a great cast.

83
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Nostalgic, Great characters

See it if You like true story musicals like Jersey Boys. Loved the movie, Nick Cordero, stand out performances by actors as young & old Colagero.

Don't see it if You disliked Jersey Boys, Wiseguys, The Godfather. Never heard of the Bronx LOL There is violence, bad language, gambling, etc.

Also Check out the cast online. Everyone is a star. The character actors ar... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a feel-good musical about family and the effects of kindness and inclusiveness on your neighborhood.

Don't see it if You don't like doo-wop and 1960s music.

84
Nice set, Cute kid lead, Trivializes mobsters, death and racism, but in a fun way

See it if you liked the film and you'd enjoy a somewhat formulaic musical.

Don't see it if you're expecting it to live up to "West Side Story meets Jersey Boys." Neither the themes, dancing or score live up to that comparison.

85
Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to have a good time.

Don't see it if Don't want to have fun.

74
Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Great choreography

See it if you like stories tied up with a bow at the end. Choreography is frickin' brilliant. Music is excellent. Lyrics are banal, at best.

Don't see it if you were hoping for a well rounded musical. Some of the performances are excellent (male leads), some are painful. Great ensemble.

80
Funny, Romantic, Engaging

See it if you are from the Bronx, you liked the movie or enjoy urban life stories in general.

Don't see it if you did not like the movie or can not relate to urban stories.

45
Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you liked the movie or appreciate Italian culture and humor.

Don't see it if you're expecting a score of the caliber of Alan Menken's other musicals. The music is rather forgettable and the story is quite predictable.

74
Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining, Disappointing, Overrated

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

75
Cliched, Good cast, Good singing, Disappointing

See it if you're from The Bronx & remember the 1960's. Good staging, good voices.

Don't see it if you expect more than just functional music and clichéd dialogue.

84
Entertaining, Earnest, Cliched, Enjoyable, Funny

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.

87
Entertaining, Seamlessly directed, Great music

See it if You like the romantically reminiscence "flashback musicals" coming of age, first love, personal idols, and growing up in the Bronx.

Don't see it if You didn't like Jersey Boys, or don't like Alan Menken. I do. It was an enjoyable night at the theatre.

Also Some outstanding performances by Richard H. Blake - the perfect dad, N... Read more Read less

85
Very entertaining / must-see, Great music / strong singing, Bit cliched & formulaic (but it works), Absorbing / endearing, Big heart / funny throughout

See it if you enjoy traditional formulaic bdwy musicals. Touted as West Side Story meets Jersey Boys, it's more Rocky meets JB's. Lots of family love.

Don't see it if you're stuck on the movie. It's slightly watered down, but works GREAT as a musical, w/its "look to your heart" & "Love vs Fear" messages.

Also Adam Kaplan ("Calogero") is SO. FREAKING. EXCELLENT.... Read more Read less

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

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.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Dated

See it if You enjoy good music and great staging with a Jersey Boys/West Side Story feel. Some of the themes are quite relevant today.

Don't see it if You do not like autobiographical shows, or a production of a child from a loving and hard working family is drawn to the streets.

77
Entertaining, Cliched, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if You like the story in any of its other many forms. I like the idea of the story more than how it works as a musical.

Don't see it if There aren't a lot of memorable songs, unfortunately, and it's a bit unfocused in its storytelling.

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy entertaining musicals, with book by Chazz Palmintieri, music and lyrics by Menken & Slater. The show is full of great performances

Don't see it if You are disinterested in autobiographical shows addressing growing up in NYC,including ethnic and racial themes and stereotypes.


December 1st, 2016
"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 ...
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December 2nd, 2016
"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...
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December 1st, 2016
"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...
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December 1st, 2016
"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 unconv...
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