Sometimes, the best things in life are unexpected. When I walked into the Orpheum a couple of weeks ago to see the musical A Bronx Tale, I was excited. I went into the theater blind, not knowing anything about the show or having listened to any of the music. This was new for me, considering there are not many Broadway shows that I haven’t listened to. However, when I walked out of the theater I knew I had experienced something exceptional that I wouldn’t soon forget.
What amazes me most about this musical was that it was based on a true story. A Bronx Tale was originally an autobiographical, one man play by Chazz Palminteri, in 1989. Later on, in 1993, it became a film, then finally on December 1st 2016 A Bronx Tale premiered on Broadway.
My favorite part of the show was the music due to the fact that everyone in this cast had an extraordinary voice. My personal favorites, though, had to be Nick Fradiandi who played Lorenzo and Anthony Gianni who played young Calogero. I especially liked Fradiandi because his voice stood out from the rest and his songs are the ones that I have been singing in my car on the way to school ever since seeing the show. Anthony Gianni was especially appreciated because he really held his own, something that child actors often have trouble with. His portrayal of this character was captivating and was truly entertaining to watch.
Overall, the show was phenomenal and I highly recommend it, especially to audience members who enjoy shows like Jersey Boys and Westside Story. This show falls in the same music genre as those shows and follows somewhat of the same ideas.
Special thanks to Katie Schumacher for inviting me to see this show!