Palminteri, who wrote the show, plays 18 roles in the semi-autobiographical tale about growing up in the Bronx. He first performed A Bronx Tale in small theaters in L.A. in 1989 before bringing it to New York for an Off-Broadway run. An expanded version of the play was turned into a 1993 film starring Palminteri and Robert De Niro, who also directed. Most recently, Palminteri performed the show on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre earlier this season.
Palminteri's stage credits also include the 2002 Off-Broadway production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. He received an Oscar nomination for Bullets Over Broadway; his other film credits include Hurlyburly, The Usual Suspects, and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.
Zaks is a four time Tony Award winner for productions of The House of Blue Leaves, Lend Me a Tenor, Six Degrees of Separation, and Guys and Dolls. He picked up additional Tony nominations for Anything Goes, Smokey Joe's Café, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.