Fresh and Fun: A Bronx Tale in Minneapolis


Posted on 26th January, by ParkandShop

The fact that Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks direct this should be reason enough to check it out, but if not, let the critics sway you. As the Broadway World News desk included in its review:

“Marcia Placito Morphy, Democrat and Chronicle: Memorable scenes abound: The Doo-Wop guys harmonizing under the street light, Young Calogero gambling with dice, Sonny’s henchmen (with names like Frankie Coffeecake, Tony-Ten-To-Two and JoJo the Whale) seemingly posing for mugshots with flashbulbs popping as they double-face front and side, and Sonny advising his protégé on dating etiquette in ‘One of the Great Ones.

Colin Fleming-Stumpf, BroadwayWorld: Arguably the most salient line in A Bronx Tale comes from Lorenzo, who frequently says ‘the saddest thing in life is wasted talent.’ Ironically, this quote couldn’t be less fitting for the show currently on stage in downtown Rochester. The cast is brimming with talent, and this production of A Bronx Tale is moving, entertaining, and extremely fun.

Nicola Quinn, Rochester Theater: A Bronx Tale has it all! The writing is honest, comical and nostalgic, the music by Alen Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater capture this unique Italian-American culture during the 1960s and bring to life the prejudices between white and black, and necessary changes that lead us here today. It is not often you see such a diverse audience on Broadway but there was a mix of ages, cultures and races – and it all contributed to the overall experience of the show. I can only hope this soon becomes the norm!”

Catch the excitement at one of eight performances at the Orpheum Theatre February 19 -24. Tickets are $39 to $145. Parking for most shows is just $6 at the Park and Shop ramps. They’re a short walk to the venue and offer the discount all day Sundays and after 4 pm the rest of the week.