Alan Irwin Menken and Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri grew up music-loving New York City boys, separated by exactly four years, 11 miles and one murder. Palminteri witnessed that killing on Belmont Avenue in the Bronx. He kept his mouth shut when the cops asked if the neighborhood boss shot a guy to break up a fight, and that decision has paid off for...

As a young actor in New York, Chazz Palminteri did a lot of theater. And when he moved to Los Angeles, he booked guest appearances on television shows like “Matlock,” “Hill Street Blues” and “Dallas.” Restless for a career-making part, however, Palminteri remembered something his father had told him, and decided to use his own life story to create...

For three decades, Chazz Palminteri has been reliving his life story, first as a one-man play, later as a film and now as a Broadway musical. “It’s because they’re archetypes, these characters, the father, the son. You don’t have to be from the Bronx, you don’t have to be Italian-American. ‘A Bronx Tale’ was a huge hit in Japan; you know, figure th...

Bronx-born and raised, Chazz Palminteri was a natural choice to continue the long line of prominent Italian actors in the film industry.  In the tradition set forth in the 1970s by such icons as director Martin Scorsese and actors Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Palminteri has brought grit, muscle and an evocative realism to the sidewalks o...

Proud Italian-American actor, writer and Academy award nominee Chazz Palminteri is excited to have North Texas audiences see the new musical version of A Bronx Tale, the latest incarnation of a personal story that’s become, over the past two decades, his life’s work and legacy. Lucky for us, the musical opens just as the turkey coma should be weari...

As several of the characters tell you several times, "This is a Bronx tale." It's also a bit of a West Side Story, with a toke of Jersey Boys, but that comes later. Whatever it is, it's at the Golden Gate Theatre through December 23. A Bronx Tale has been a "family" affair for decades. This musical adaptation is its next evolutionary step following...

Can you believe it's been 25 years since the release of the hit film, A Bronx Tale? the best way to celebrate 25 years of this iconic film? Seeing the musical version at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre! It tells the coming of age story of an Italian-American boy, Calogero Anello, who, after encountering a local mafia boss, is torn between the tempta...

Italian-American actor Chazz Palminteri, best known for starring in “A Bronx Tale”, grew up in an Italian-American home in the Bronx, New York. He was born Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri on May 15, 1952. Palminteri has very fond memories of his upbringing in the Belmont section of the Bronx. Growing up in a tough area gave him the life lessons that wo...

On September 29, 1993, the now-defunct Savoy Pictures distributed the coming-of-age crime drama A Bronx Tale, starring Robert De Niro and Chazz Palminteri. It was based on a one-man show Palminteri had started performing in Los Angeles in 1989, and then performed it Off-Broadway the same year. Palminteri ended up writing the screenplay and using it...

The North American tour of A Bronx Tale, directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, has begun rehearsals ahead of performances set to begin in Rochester, New York, on October 14. The company features 10 alumni from the Broadway production. Heading the cast are Joe Barbara as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Joey Barreiro as Calogero, Michelle Ar...