A Bronx Tale (Broadway)
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A Bronx Tale (Broadway)
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A Bronx Tale (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(1306 Ratings)
Positive
86%
Mixed
12%
Negative
2%
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (1,306)

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112 Reviews | 7 Followers
100
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You want to experience all the classic scenes from the movie mixed in with catchy, original songs.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that contain violence or did not like the movie.

134 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Absorbing, Romantic, Resonant, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love Musicals, you are a born New Yorker and love great acting

Don't see it if Can't understand why anyone won't want to see this show

66 Reviews | 5 Followers
100
Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to discover the key to ligfe

Don't see it if you have too many regrets in your past

70 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if great production

Don't see it if see it

58 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if you love captivating real life stories, you can and want to appreciate deep and resonant acting within every single breath not matter what

Don't see it if you want a fluffy musical, you don't want to fall in love with Richard H Blake more thankful already are

65 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Must see

See it if Great all around show music is fantastic

Don't see it if You hated the movie

336 Reviews | 45 Followers
100
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Must see

See it if you want to see one of the best Broadway productions to come along in quite some time

Don't see it if There is absolutely no reason not to see it

140 Reviews | 39 Followers
100
Great singing, Must see, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like synchronized choreography, catchy music, adult humor, love stories, or mob stories.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy child actors, are not interested in mob or interracial love stories, or are looking for child-friendly humor.

Critic Reviews (52)

The New York Times
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 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."
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Time Out New York
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 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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 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."
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The Wall Street Journal
December 1st, 2016

"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."
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Deadline
December 2nd, 2016

"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."
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New York Daily News
December 1st, 2016

"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."
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Variety
December 1st, 2016

"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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 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."
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