Bronx-born and raised Chazz Palminteri wrote A Bronx Tale in 1988. The powerful one-man stage play depicted his bruising childhood. Palminteri played 18 characters and brought them all to life in his autobiographical play.
He showcased for years in both Los Angeles and New York, finally sparking the interest of his film idol, Robert De Niro. DeNiro saw the potential of this project and brought both it and the actor/writer to the screen. An unknown film commodity at the time, Chazz had stubbornly refused to sell his stage property (the offers went into the seven figures) unless he was part of the package as both actor and screenwriter. DeNiro, who became his mentor, backed him up all the way, and the rest is history. A Bronx Tale (1993), earned strong reviews. The show you will see is the exact show Chazz Palminteri did 34 years ago with just a chair that made him a star.