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Joe Barbara, Richard H. Blake to Headline A Bronx Tale Tour

The Chazz Palminteri musical hits the road.

Richard H. Blake (center) will reprise his performance as Lorenzo in the national tour of A Bronx Tale.
(© Joan Marcus)

Casting has been announced for the North American tour of A Bronx Tale, directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks.

The company will feature 10 alumni from the Broadway production. Heading the cast are Joe Barbara as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Joey Barreiro as Calogero, Michelle Aravena as Rosina, Brianna-Marie Bell as Jane, Antonio Beverly as Tyrone, Frankie Leoni as Young Calogero, and Shane Pry as Young Calogero alternate.

The ensemble will include Mike Backes, Michael Barra, Sean Bell, Josh Burrage, Joey Calveri, Giovanni DiGabriele, John Gardiner, Peter Gregus, Haley Hannah, Kirk Lydell, Ashley McManus, Chris Messina, Kyli Rae, Joseph Sammour, Paul Salvatoriello, Jason Williams, Brittany Williams, with additional casting to be announced.

Based on Chazz Palminteri's acclaimed solo show and subsequent 1993 film, A Bronx Tale is set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s as an Italian-American teenager must choose between the father who raised him and the mob-boss father figure who fascinates him. The musical premiered in February 2016 at Paper Mill Playhouse, followed by a Broadway transfer that opened December 1, 2016, at the Longacre Theatre.

Directed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks and Oscar winner Robert De Niro, the production features a book by Palminteri, music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

The tour of A Bronx Tale will begin in Rochester, New York, on October 14, and will have an official press opening at the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles on November 8.

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