The D.C. debut of the musical A Bronx Tale, which recounts the journey of a young man in the 1960s who had to decide between following his father’s honest footsteps and joining the mob, will be hosted at the National Theatre from March 26-31.
The musical is co-directed by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, who also directed the original 1993 film, and Tony winner Jerry Zaks. It is based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story which was hailed by The New York Times as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”
The story follows Calogero Anello, a blue-collar son fascinated by the world of organized crime while growing up in the Bronx in the 1960s.
“Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family,” says the show brief.
The cast of the musical features 11 alumni from the Broadway production led by Joe Barbara as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Joey Barreiro as Calogero, Michelle Aravena as Rosina, Brianna-Marie Bell as Jane, Antonio Beverly as Tyrone, Frankie Leoni as Young Calogero, and Shane Pry as Young Calogero Alternate.
Actor Joey Barreiro told WTOP that this is a big Broadway musical. “But it really appeals to a male-dominant audience, the guys who loved watching the movie and that father-son dynamic. So, if you’re not the kind of guy who would usually come to a Broadway musical with singing and dancing, this show is probably going to be your way into that world,” said Barreiro.
The show is recommended for ages 12 and up, as it contains strong language and gunshot effects. The run time of the musical is about two hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission.
Tickets are priced between $54 and $114. You can purchase tickets here.