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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Report Card----"A Bronx Tale, The Musical".

On my second night in New York,  I saw "A Bronx Tale, The Musical".
Based on the movie that starred , Robert DeNiro and was written by Chazz Palminteri,
This musical version is written by Palminteri and co-directed by DeNiro.
The music is by Alan Menken, and the lyrics by Glenn Slater.
What I saw was the second preview.
It was overwhelmingly wonderful.
It was ready to open, but they're not opening until the beginning of December.
I don't know what they're waiting for.
I've seen just about every musical that I've wanted to.
This show is in the top five in my book.
It's kind of a cross between "Jersey Boys" and "West Side Story".
But all the music is original and wonderful.
And the storytelling is much better than "West Side Story".

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?

Never not

Is it controversial?

Only if it doesn't get anything but unanimous raves.

Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?

Nothing but.

Is it well written?


Is it well cast?  Well played?

I didn't know any of these actors.  They are all wonderful, and terrific singers.

Well staged?

It's a total grabber.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

No, but it really doesn't matter.

How long does it take to establish the show's locale and time period?


Is it too long? Too short?

It could have gone on and on.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and totally.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I was never ahead of it.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

You can't not.

Is it funny?

Often, and it's always appropriate.

Was it  worth the two hundred bucks it cost to see it?

If it ever is, now's the time.

Is it impressive?


Overall grade: A+.

If you usually agree with me, don't stop now.  If you have to, hop on a plane, go to the Longacre theater, and pony up the dough.  Just a suggestion.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."