Actor and director, Robert De Niro is all set to direct a stage musical based on the film that was his own directorial debut, “A Bronx Tale.” Read on for more details.
BBC News reported recently that De Niro will be working to turn his own movie into a stage musical later this year. “A Bronx Tale” was his directorial debut in 1993 and was hailed as a classic by fans and critics alike.
The stage musical, which will be given a world premiere in February next year, will be co-directed by Jerry Zaks. Zaks is the acclaimed director, who directed Broadway hits such as “Guys and Dolls.” The music will be scored by award-winning scorer Alan Menken.
It is interesting to note that “A Bronx Tale” began as a one-man stage play. It stars Chazz Palminteri as an Italian-American teenager who is struggling to pick between the advice of his father and a mob boss figure. Semi-autobiographical, and beautifully written, this play was Palminteri’s own musings given the shape of a play. Palminteri, who was an aspiring actor back then, had become frustrated with the fact of not getting any lead roles and had subsequently decided to write one for himself.
Palminteri played all eighteen parts in the one-man stage play and won accolades that garnered him Hollywood’s attention. His one-man play was turned into a movie and the rest, as they say, is history.
Palminteri revived the interest for his one-man play, by putting it back on the Broadway in 2007. Eventually, Menken was signed on and the play was eventually turned into a musical.
De Niro will obviously be delighted to give the story a new angle now that it will be turned into a musical. BBC News failed to mention if Palminteri will be appearing in the musical or not. I guess, the audience will just have to wait and see when it premieres next year.
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