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For 3 decades, Chazz Palminteri has been reliving his life story, very first as a one-man play, later on as a film and now together a Broadway musical.

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“It’s because they’re archetypes, this characters, the father, the son. Girlfriend don’t have to be indigenous the Bronx, you don’t need to be Italian-American. ‘A Bronx Tale’ to be a large hit in Japan; you know, number that out. ... It just touched and also it touches civilization … and also it’s been doing that for 30 years. The musical, i think, is the ideal of all,” claimed the writer, director and also Oscar-nominated actor.

The phibìc American tourism of the Broadway musical “A Bronx Tale,” which released in October, will certainly play Oklahoma City Tuesday v March 10 in ~ the public Center.

“There hasn’t to be a item that’s been a one guy show, a function film and also a musical. That’s never ever happened,” Palminteri claimed by phone from ras Vegas, whereby he’s directing Peter Fogel’s solo present “’Til fatality Do Us part … girlfriend First!” “Robert De Niro has actually played my father. … It’s kind of choose ‘wow!’ It’s sort of humbling in a way.”


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Set in the 1960s, the street-wise music centers on an Italian-American young from the Bronx named Calogero whose loyalties end up being divided between his hardworking father, Lorenzo, and the charismatic regional gangster, Sonny.

“It’s really much of my very own life. My genuine name is Calogero, my father to be a bus driver … and also I fell in love through a black color girl when I to be 17. It yes, really stemmed from the killing that ns saw. I was sit on the stoop, and exactly the means it occurred in the movie and the one-man show and also in the musical, that’s the means it happened. This man killed one more man appropriate in prior of me. And my dad dragged me upstairs, and also the cops came and also I didn’t recognize him,” Palminteri said.

“Maybe ns made occasions happen sooner, yet as much as the occasions go, yeah.”


Palminteri, 66, wrote the autobiographical one-man show and premiered the in Los Angeles in the 1980s. In 1990, De Niro observed a performance and also approached him around acquiring the rights.

“People offered me millions of dollars come walk away from it since they wanted to placed a star in the role,” Palminteri said. “I wouldn’t market it to anybody, but he agreed, he assumed I need to play it and also write the screenplay because it was based upon my life. That said, ‘Look it’s your life. You gotta do it,’ and so we’ve had a good relationship due to the fact that then.”

De Niro made his directorial debut v the 1993 film adaptation the “A Bronx Tale,” in which he play the upright dad Lorenzo, Palminteri illustrated the charming gangster Sonny and also Lillo Brancato play the conflicted teenager Calogero. The critically acclaimed movie helped launch Palminteri’s exhilaration career, which now spans an ext the 50 films, including “The normal Suspects,” “Analyze This” and also his Oscar-nominated turn in “Bullets over Broadway.”

Made for a musical


Although his story do a effective play and movie, Palminteri said he always thought it was intended to it is in a musical.

“The themes are so dramatic and also so athletic practically that I simply thought … in a music with great music and great lyrics the it would simply take the to another level. And it did,” claimed Palminteri, who penned the book for the musical.

“It’s a cautionary tale … of not wasting your talent, around the love of her father. It just relates to everyone. I’m telling you, as soon as you see the musical, because I was able to write an ext stuff about my parents and around my father and my partnership with him, if you nothing cry, ns don’t understand nothing around anything. You will cry.”

Before the autobiographical display closed top top Broadway critical year, Palminteri reprised the function of Sonny in a limited run that performances, becoming the very first actor come play the same part in a play, film and also stage musical.


“I started as a singer, so that was really a wonderful thing. I really loved going back and act it. And also when i heard ns was the just actor who ever did that, it was a tiny feather in the cap. It’s no a large deal, yet it make me smile,” the said.

ON STAGE

"A Bronx Tale"

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and also 7 p.m. March 10.


Where: Civic facility Music Hall, 201 N Walker.

Tickets and also information: www.okcbroadway.com or 594-8300.

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