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Friday, December 18, 2015

World Premiere of 'A Bronx Tale: The Musical' at Paper Mill Playhouse: Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks to co-direct

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) has announced complete casting for the world premiere musical A Bronx Tale: The Musical. The musical will be co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Sergio Trujillo. A Bronx Tale: The Musical features a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater.

world premiere musical
De NiroRobert De Niro
Director of the film A Bronx Tale; 2-time Academy Award winner‚ 4-time NY Film Critics Circle Award winner‚ considered one of the greatest American actors of all time.
ZaksJerry Zaks
4-time Tony Award winner, 4-time Drama Desk Award winner, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me A Tenor, Guys and Dolls, The Foreigner, House of Blues Leaves
PalminteriChazz Palminteri

Author of A Bronx Tale‚ the film and the play; film star including A Bronx TaleThe Usual SuspectsBullets Over BroadwayAnalyze ThisMulholland Falls‚ and many others.

MenkenAlan Menken

Winner of 8 Academy Awards‚ Tony Award for Newsies. Sister Act‚ Disney’s The Little MermaidAladdinBeauty and the BeastEnchanted


Leading the company are Jason Gotay as Calogero, Joshua Colley as Young Calogero, Nick Cordero as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Coco Jones as Jane and Lucia Giannetta as Rosina. A Bronx Tale: The Musical will run at the Millburn, New Jersey theater from February 4, 2016, through March 6, 2016.  The official opening night is Sunday, February 14, at 7:00 pm 


Based on the real life story by Chazz Palminteri‚ A Bronx Tale: The Musical is set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s. It is the story of an Italian-American teenager finding his path in life as he must choose between the father who raised him and a mob-boss father figure who fascinates him.


A Bronx Tale has always had a very special meaning to me," commented co-director Robert De Niro “The story is so rich and I look forward to working with Jerry, Chazz, Alan and Glenn to bring it to the stage in its latest incarnation.”


“I’ve been in love with the story of A Bronx Tale ever since I directed Chazz Palminteri’s one-man show on Broadway a few years ago,” remarked co-director Jerry Zaks. “A Bronx Tale: The Musical is a universal story and I think it’s going to be a real treat for audiences to experience. I’m really looking forward to working on this new musical at Paper Mill Playhouse this winter.”


“There are only three things you can do to an audience - make them laugh, make them cry or you can scare them.  In A Bronx Tale: The Musical we do all three,” commented book writer Chazz Palminteri.


“I’m truly excited to be returning to Paper Mill Playhouse with this musical of A Bronx Tale,” said Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken. “As a longtime fan of Chazz Palminteri, I have treasured the opportunity to bring his incredible story to life through songs that are inspired by the Bronx neighborhood he grew up in, the unique world of his formative years and the rich sounds of late 50’s and early 60’s pop music. Besides reuniting me with longtime collaborators like Glenn Slater and Jerry Zaks, I have had the amazing honor of getting to know and work with a legend like Robert DeNiro.”


Jason Gotay (Calogero) was seen on Broadway in Bring It On: The Musical and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Mr. Gotay appeared in regional productions of Into the Woods, Rent, Shenandoah and The King and I. Mr. Gotay was seen in NBC’s Peter Pan Live!


Joshua Colley (Young Calogero) recently played Gavroche in Les Misérables and Les in Newsies on Broadway. Mr. Colley appeared in national tours of Elf: The Musical and the 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables.


Nick Cordero (Sonny) was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Cheech in Bullets Over Broadway. Mr. Cordero was also seen on Broadway and on tour in Rock of Ages. Off-Broadway, Mr. Cordero appeared in The Toxic Avenger.


Richard H. Blake (Lorenzo), a resident of Clifton, New Jersey, starred in many Broadway shows including Jersey Boys, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Aida and more. Mr. Blake appeared in national tours of Wicked, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose and The Sound of Music.


Lucia Giannetta (Rosina) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse where she was last seen in The 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables. Ms. Giannetta was seen on Broadway in Les Misérables and Leap of Faith.


Coco Jones (Jane) starred in Disney Channel’s #1 film of 2012, Let It Shine, Coco has gone on to sell more than 200k tracks on iTunes, including her debut single Holla' At The DJ which peaked at #2 on Radio Disney.  She has performed on Good Morning America as well as making high profile appearances at The U.S. Open, The Rose Parade, BET’s 106’s and Park, and The Radio Disney Music Awards.   


Rounding out the ensemble are: Gilbert L. Bailey II (The Book of Mormon), Joe Barbara (Jersey Boys, Las Vegas) Michael Barra (Man of La Mancha tour, Law & Order), Isaiah Tyrelle Boyd (Spring Awakening, Center Repertory Theater), Jonathan Brody (Spamalot), Ted Brunetti (Assassins, Plawrights Horizons), Eean Sherrod Cochran (Mamma Mia tour), Philip Colgan (West Side Story, Skirball Center), Brittany Conigatti (Matilda tour), Kaleigh Cronin (Cabaret), Kim Dodson (A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theater), Trista Dollison (The Lion King), Vincenzo Faruolo (A Christmas Story; The Musical, Paper Mill Playhouse), David Michael Garry (The Phantom of the Opera), Aisha Jackson (Beautiful), Jess LeProtto (Newsies, So You Think You Can Dance), Carlos Lopez (Grease), Corey Mosello ((We Will Rock You tour, One Life to Live), Dominic Nolfi (Jersey Boys), Paul Savlatoriello (Tony N' Tina's Wedding), Christie Schwartzman (Rock of Ages tour), Joey Sorge (Nice Work if You Can Get It), Kirstin Tucker (Cinderella) and Keith White (Jersey Boys tour). 


A Bronx Tale: The Musical will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now starting at $32. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680.  College students may order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance. 


A Bronx Tale: The Musical is sponsored by Bank of America and supported by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2015-2016 Season is sponsored by Investors Bank.

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