Robert De Niro to co-direct ‘A Bronx Tale’ musical

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Published: July 29, 2015 10:47:04 AM

Hollywood superstar Robert De Niro is set to co-direct a musical version of his 1993 film "A Bronx Tale" that will take the stage next year.

Hollywood superstar Robert De Niro is set to co-direct a musical version of his 1993 film “A Bronx Tale” that will take the stage next year.

The new adaptation will have music from Tony and Oscar-winner Alan Menken, reported Entertainment Weekly.

“A Bronx Tale” is based on Chazz Palminteri’s one-man show, which first played in Los Angeles in 1990, followed by an off-Broadway run in New York (and a Broadway revival in 2007).

It focuses on an Italian-American teenager in the turbulent 1960s, who must chose between his father and a mob boss father figure.

A film adaptation came out in 1993, directed by De Niro, 71, and starring him as the teen’s father, with Palminteri as the gangster.

The musical has a book by Palminteri, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. It will run at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn from February 4 through March 6.

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