Broadway Musical “A Bronx Tale” | Diversity and Inclusion
Broadway Musical “A Bronx Tale” Takes Audiences into a World of Diversity and Inclusion
Let me start out by saying that this musical has it all. From a life of crime to a sweet love story between a black girl from Webster Avenue and a white Italian boy who is torn between the influence of his protective father and a crime boss who takes him under his wing to teach him the facts of street life, this is a kind of forbidden fruit story on various levels.
If you have seen the same-titled 1993 classic film, you know the story, and just like the movie, this is a thought-provoking musical tale that takes audiences into a diverse world beautifully and effectively presented by the perfect cast and crew. Although it plays in the 60’s era, it’s just right for the time we live in as it addresses nuances of the subject of diversity and inclusion still present today. The show reminds us that we always have the freedom of choice between fear or love and that ultimately, love always wins.
Emotions are stirred even more when music is involved in anything because that’s how most of us get touched deep down inside. The songs with lyrics by Glenn Slater presented in this production range from nostalgic to Motown-like and sometimes have a modern touch, which is an amazing combination expertly put together with music by (1Tony, 8 Oscars and 11 Grammy Awards winner) Alan Menken offering something for every musical taste.
As typical for a musical, the amazing cast has a double duty, so to speak. Not only do the performers need great acting skills to shine on a live stage on Broadway but they also have to be able to sing and dance well to bring the scenes across effectively or emphasize a plot in order to touch, entertain and wow the audience. All that and more can be found in the incredible cast of “A Bronx Tale”.
Special mention goes to Nick Cordero as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Adam Kaplan as Calogero and the adorable Hudson Loverro as the young Calogero who are brilliant in their roles. Hudson is a delight to watch for adults and will steal every young girl’s heart in the audience for sure. What a talent! You’ll also love the beautiful and endearing Christiani Pitts who is ideal in the role of Jane.
The stage set with many moving parts and props reminiscent of the 1960’s Bronx era, including vintage cars, is impressive as are the sound effects necessary to highlight certain plot incidents.
Chazz Palminteri’s original play, screenplay, and book, as well as Robert de Niro’s and four Tony Awards winner Jerry Zaks’ excellent direction deliver a captivating production that makes this musical playing at the Longacre Theatre a super hit and must-see.
To further enhance your Bronx Tale experience, head over to the Chazz Palminteri Italian Restaurant located at 30 W 46th Street for the A Bronx Tale menu dinner.
A BRONX TALE On Broadway at The Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street)
Book by Chazz Palminteri
Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Glenn Slater | Co -Directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks | Choreography by Sergio Trujillo
Cover Photo (L-R): Christiani Pitts as “Jane” and Adam Kaplan as “Calogero” Photo © Joan Marcus 2017