What a great show. Unlike most of the world I was not familiar with Chazz Palminteri’s previous iterations of his childhood immersion in the mob world of The Bronx. He did a one man off Broadway show, a movie, a Broadway version of his one man show and has now turned it into a musical. Pretty good results from one story.
So this tale was new to me but it was clear most of the audience was already familiar with it. The music by Alan Menken was perfectly fitting and a welcome break from some of his Disney work. He’s terrific in many realms but I like when he writes for adults. The sound was perfect for the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s milieu of the story.
The performances were first rate and full bore, the direction and design elements excellent. Could be a big hit for the Longacre and a musical that can hang around a while.