A Bronx Tale Welcomes New Principal Cast Members
Original star Ariana DeBose will play her final performance on August 30.
A Bronx Tale has announced the newest members of its Broadway cast. Beginning Thursday, August 31, Christiani Pitts will replace Ariana DeBose in the role of Jane, while Will Coombs began his run as Young Calogero on August 1, taking over for Hudson Loverro. DeBose and Loverro are both original members of the Broadway company. DeBose plays her final performance on August 30.
Pitts, who holds a BFA from Florida State University, makes her Broadway debut in A Bronx Tale. Her recent credits include Rent, Aida, Big Fish, and Cabaret, and she has appeared in the film Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.
Coombs, who also makes his Broadway debut, has performed in the national tour of Matilda (Nigel) and in regional productions of Billy Elliot and A Christmas Carol.
A Bronx Tale also stars Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Bobby Conte Thornton as Calogero, Lucia Giannetta as Rosina, and Bradley Gibson as Tyrone. The ensemble features Michelle Aravena, Gilbert L. Bailey II, Joe Barbara, Michael Barra, Jonathan Brody, Ted Brunetti, Brittany Conigatti, Kaleigh Cronin, John Gardiner, Rory Max Kaplan, Charlie Marcus, Janelle McDermoth, Shannon Mullen, Jonah Mussolino as the Young Calogero alternate, Robert Neary, Dominic Nolfi, Wonu Ogunfowora, Brandon O'Neill, Paul Salvatoriello, Joseph J. Simeone, Joey Sorge, Cary Tedder, Keith White, and Christopher Henry Young.
Under the direction of four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks and Oscar winner Robert De Niro, A Bronx Tale is based on Chazz Palminteri's acclaimed solo show and subsequent 1993 film of the same name. Set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s, the show follows an Italian-American teenager who must choose between the father who raised him and the mob-boss father figure who fascinates him. The production features a book by Palminteri, music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
A Bronx Tale opened December 1, 2016 at the Longacre Theatre.