Photo Coverage: 'A Bronx Tale' Opening Night & Party

On Thursday October 25, Academy Award nominated actor Chazz Palminteri made his Broadway debut in the Opening Night performance of A Bronx Tale. Directed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks, A Bronx Tale plays a limited 18 week engagement at The Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) through February 10, 2008.  The After Party was held at Bond 45 Restaurant (154 West 45th Street)

A Bronx Tale was first mounted off Broadway in 1989 and helped establish Palminteri as a writer and actor with a distinct voice.  "In A Bronx Tale, Palminteri brings 18 characters to vivid life, depicting a rough childhood on Bronx streets populated by a cast of friends and enemies," state press notes.

Chazz Palminteri has over 50 movies to his credit including The Usual Suspects, Bullets over Broadway, Analyze This, Hurly Burly, Mulholland Falls, and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. He has also directed the HBO series "Oz" (episode, "Unnatural Disasters"), Showtime's "Women vs. Men," and the feature film Noel, starring Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Robin Williams and Paul Walker.   He was last seen on the New York stage in the play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring with Al Pacino, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Billy Crudup.

Jerry Zaks is a four time Tony Award  winner and has directed over 30 New York productions.  Most recently, he directed Encores!' acclaimed Stairway to Paradise.  Other credits include, Broadway: The House of Blue Leaves (Tony Award), The Front Page, Anything Goes (Tony nomination), Lend Me a Tenor (Tony Award), Six Degrees of Separation (Tony Award), Guys and Dolls (Tony Award), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Smokey Joe's Cafe (Tony nomination, Olivier nomination), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Tony nomination), The Man Who Came to Dinner, 45 Seconds From Broadway, Little Shop of Horrors, La Cage aux Folles (Tony Award, Best Revival), The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.

Tickets are $96.50, 76.50 and 26.50 and are now available through www.telecharge.com or call 212-239-6200.  Premium tickets and Group Sales are also available through www.telecharge.com. For details visit www.abronxtaleonbroadway.com  

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Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.