Frankie Leoni News

 
Bio:
Frankie Leoni, 10, is one of the newest faces to Broadway and made his debut in A Bronx Tale opposite Chazz Palminteri July 2018 until the show closed in August, and was the youngest Italian citizen ever to appear in a principal role on a Broadway stage. Follow Frankie and his brother Rocco ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Frankie Leoni, 10, is one of the newest faces to Broadway and made his debut in A Bronx Tale opposite Chazz Palminteri July 2018 until the show closed in August, and was the youngest Italian citizen ever to appear in a principal role on a Broadway stage. Follow Frankie and his brother Rocco ... (read complete bio)
VIDEO: Chazz Palminteri and Robert De Niro Visit A BRONX TALE in Boston Photo VIDEO: Chazz Palminteri and Robert De Niro Visit A BRONX TALE in Boston
by Stage Tube - Apr 11, 2019

Two iconic stars made a surprise appearance at last night's performance of A Bronx Tale in Boston. The show's creator, Chazz Palminteri, and co-director Robert DeNiro (who also directed, and starred in, the film) took the stage following curtain call to give a speech.

BWW Review: A BRONX TALE: Standin' On The Corner Photo BWW Review: A BRONX TALE: Standin' On The Corner
by Nancy Grossman - Apr 5, 2019

The North American tour of A BRONX TALE doo-wops its way into the Citizens Bank Opera House through April 14th as part of the 2018-2019 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. It is at once a nostalgic stroll down memory lane with an original rock 'n' roll score, a gritty depiction of urban turf wars, and a well-told story about loyalty, love, and family. Based on Chazz Palminteri's 1989 one-man Off-Broadway play that inspired a 1993 film, the musical reunites the author with his directors, Jerry Zaks and Robert DeNiro, and they are joined by composer Alan Menken, lyricist Glenn Sater, and choreographer Sergio Trujillo. Like other musicals that have come before it (HAIRSPRAY, JERSEY BOYS, WEST SIDE STORY, to mention a few), A BRONX TALE feels familiar as it evokes a time, a place, and a genre that we recognize. It is a good, solid show with great music, performances, and design elements that provides a couple of hours of entertainment and escape.

BWW Review: A BRONX TALE at the National Theatre is Disappointingly Disjointed Photo BWW Review: A BRONX TALE at the National Theatre is Disappointingly Disjointed
by Sam Abney - Mar 27, 2019

The first words sung in A Bronx Tale, the tonally uneven and musically disappointing touring show that opened at D.C.'s National Theatre on Tuesday, are literally "this is a Bronx tale." The artistic subtleties don't get much better from there, as the musical (based on a movie based on a one-man show) proceeds to tackle issues from morality to racism with all the delicateness of a mobster smashing someone's head in with a baseball bat. Everything about this production is underwhelming from the performances to the design to the direction and choreography. Ultimately, A Bronx Tale is the perfect example of why we should stop adapting movies into musicals.

BWW Review: A BRONX TALE on Tour in Chicago Photo BWW Review: A BRONX TALE on Tour in Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - Mar 15, 2019

It's in the moments of high energy and pure entertainment that A BRONX TALE succeeds the most, and the company finds all the joy in Alan Menken's reliably tuneful score.

A BRONX TALE To Make Its D.C. Debut At The National Theatre Photo A BRONX TALE To Make Its D.C. Debut At The National Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019

A BRONX TALE, the streetwise Broadway musical based on the one-man show and now classic film, will make its Washington, D.C. premiere at the National Theatre for one week only from March 26 through 31, 2019.

BWW Review: A BRONX TALE in Minneapolis Photo BWW Review: A BRONX TALE in Minneapolis
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Feb 25, 2019

Starting with promise, this show never fulfilled it as a rushed copy of WEST SIDE STORY never clicked.

BWW Review: A BRONX TALE Gets A Warm Welcome At Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Photo BWW Review: A BRONX TALE Gets A Warm Welcome At Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 13, 2019

No doubt about it, A Bronx Tale - the musical version of Chazz Palminteri's original 1989 one man show (he played some 18 characters in the original work) that ultimately led to a 1993 film directed by Robert DeNiro - is one engaging night of theater, telling an intriguing story of a boy who grows to manhood on the mean streets of The Bronx, in the shadow of local wiseguy/mob kingpin Sonny, played here by Joe Barbara with chilling authenticity and palpable, if oily, charm.

Joey Barreiro Returns to Nashville as Star of the National Tour of A BRONX TALE Photo Joey Barreiro Returns to Nashville as Star of the National Tour of A BRONX TALE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 12, 2019

It's a homecoming of sorts for Joey Barreiro this week as he and his castmates from the national tour of A Bronx Tale - the Broadway musical that's based on a one-man show created by actor/writer Chazz Palminteri - encamp at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center for a week-long stand.

BWW Review: A BRONX TALE Hits a Grand Slam At The Straz Center Photo BWW Review: A BRONX TALE Hits a Grand Slam At The Straz Center
by Drew Eberhard - Jan 30, 2019

A BRONX TALE is a musical adapted from a film that was once a one man show written by Chazz Palminteri. The Broadway Smash premiered with previews on November 3, 2016, and officially opened December 1, 2016 at the Longacre Theatre. Launching its North American Tour in the Fall of 2018 the musical features music written by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and book written by the original one man show stopper Chazz Palminteri. While on its tour stop in Tampa at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, we as the opening-night audience were truly thrust into Old City New York full of Mobsters and Italian lessons to boot. 

BWW Interview: Brianna-Marie Bell of A BRONX TALE at Peace Center Photo BWW Interview: Brianna-Marie Bell of A BRONX TALE at Peace Center
by Neil Shurley - Jan 27, 2019

'I get to teach people about love and about fear and about honesty and about your purpose in life.'

BWW Review: A BRONX TALE is Catchy and Compelling Photo BWW Review: A BRONX TALE is Catchy and Compelling
by Chris Arneson - Jan 16, 2019

If you're like me, there's probably a lot you didn't know about A Bronx Tale before settling into your seat.

BWW Review: A BRONX TALE Is a Trip To A Very Familiar 'Hood at the SHN Golden Gate Photo BWW Review: A BRONX TALE Is a Trip To A Very Familiar 'Hood at the SHN Golden Gate
by Robert Sokol - Dec 11, 2018

A Bronx Tale has been a "family" affair for decades. This musical adaptation is its next evolutionary step following the 1993 non-musical film, which was drawn from an earlier autobiographical one-man Off-Broadway and later Broadway play written by and starring by Chazz Palminteri.

BWW Review: Pantages Has an Audience Grabber in A BRONX TALE Photo BWW Review: Pantages Has an Audience Grabber in A BRONX TALE
by Don Grigware - Nov 12, 2018

Based on the 1993 hit film, the stage musical A Bronx Tale has two of the movie's stars collaborating behind the scenes ... with a book by Chazz Palminteri, who played Sonny on film and Robert De Niro directing with Jerry Zaks. De Niro played Lorenzo onscreen, Calogero's father. Like the film this show is an instant hit with audiences who savor and take to heart the Sicilian lifestyle. This well cast and well directed national tour plays the Hollywood Pantages through November 25.

Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On A BRONX TALE's National Tour Photo Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On A BRONX TALE's National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

The North American Tour of A BRONX TALE, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo is now on tour.

BWW Review: A BRONX TALE at Rochester Broadway Theatre League Photo BWW Review: A BRONX TALE at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - Oct 19, 2018

If you've ever seen the movie or one-man-show version of A Bronx Tale you already know that it's a captivating, emotional story about a young working class man growing up during the doo-wop era of the 1960's who's torn between the opposing worlds of criminal life on the streets and the proverbial 'straight and narrow.' The musical adaptation of the story, featuring music by Alan Menken and a book by Chazz Palminteri (who wrote the one-man-show and starred in the both the play and feature film) pairs the emotional complexity of the film with spirited, high-energy song and dance numbers that make for a truly entertaining night at the theatre.

Photo Flash: First Look At The National Tour of A BRONX TALE Photo Photo Flash: First Look At The National Tour of A BRONX TALE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the North American Tour of A BRONX TALE, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo. 

BWW TV: Hear the Story and Watch a Sneak Peek of A BRONX TALE on Tour! Photo BWW TV: Hear the Story and Watch a Sneak Peek of A BRONX TALE on Tour!
by TV - On the Road - Oct 3, 2018

Rehearsals are underway for the upcoming North American Tour of A Bronx Tale, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.

Photo Coverage: Back to Belmont! Meet The Company of A BRONX TALE on Tour Photo Photo Coverage: Back to Belmont! Meet The Company of A BRONX TALE on Tour
by Monroe George - Sep 28, 2018

Rehearsals are underway for the upcoming North American Tour of A Bronx Tale, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with De Niro, Palminteri, Zaks & the National Tour of A BRO Photo Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with De Niro, Palminteri, Zaks & the National Tour of A BRONX TALE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2018

Rehearsals began this week in New York for the upcoming North American Tour of A BRONX TALE. Get a look at the company in action below!

Joey Barreiro, Richard H. Blake, and More Will Lead A BRONX TALE National Tour Photo Joey Barreiro, Richard H. Blake, and More Will Lead A BRONX TALE National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2018

Full casting has been announced for the North American Tour of A BRONX TALE, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.

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