'A Bronx Tale' at Fisher Theatre through February 2
Broadway's new hit musical, A Bronx Tale, is playing in downtown Detroit at the Fisher Theatre until Sunday, February 2.
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, A Bronx Tale opened in Broadway in 2016 and ended in 2018 after more than 700 shows at the Longacre Theatre.
With an original doo-wop score, the musical is based on the one-man show that inspired the subsequent 1993 classic film of the same name, which was directed by Robert De Niro.
Audiences are transported to the Bronx in the 1960's where a young man is caught in between his working class father and the mob boss he wants to be.
The coming of age story is placed during a explosive, racial-fueled time in history as Calogeros (young scene-stealer Trey Murphy and later sullen teenager Alec Nevin) struggles with himself as he gets mixed up with neighborhood gangster Sonny (Jeff Brooks) to the dismay of his father Lorenzo (2015 "American Idol" champ Nick Fradiani.)
Although a man who does despicable things, Sonny is a decent man with a heart who genuinely cares for the boy he comes to view as a son of his own. In the end, much like Lorenzo, he just wants Calogeros to get out of the neighborhood and become more than either of them were able to do.
Things come to a head when Calogeros gets put in the middle between the friends he grew up with and his forbidden black love interest Jane, the formidable Kayla Jenerson.
The entire cast has their own moments to shine and mesh well in the finale of "The Choices We Make," but it is Nevin who holds the whole thing together from start to finish as he narrates his own journey.
A story of love, loyalty, respect and family, A Bronx Tale is worth the evening out.