Segerstrom Concert Hall to Present A BRONX TALE One-Man Show with Chazz Palminteri

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “A Bronx Tale” One Man Show with Chazz Palminteri on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

In 1988, before it became a hit Broadway musical or feature film starring Robert DeNiro, Palminteri wrote and performed this A Bronx Tale, bringing 18 characters to life in a gripping tale of his difficult childhood on the streets. from the Bronx. And now Center audiences can see his classic coming-of-age story that started it all for him.

This powerful play describes his murderous youth experiences in great detail – including witnessing gang killings – and by the time it was first produced, it had been shown both in Los Angeles and in New York. An unknown theatrical product at the time, Palminteri had stubbornly refused to sell “A Bronx Tale” (offers were in the seven figures) unless he was part of the package as an actor and screenwriter. This eventually sparked the interest of Palminteri idol Robert De Niro, who was looking to make his film debut. De Niro, who saw the potential in “A Bronx Tale”, became Palminteri’s mentor, supporting him all the way, and the rest is history. The film “A Bronx Tale” (1993) received good reviews, with Palminteri as writer and actor, playing Sonny the mobster, and featuring his actress/producer/wife Gianna Palminteri. Since then, Palminteri has been an actor with more than 50 films to his credit, including “The Usual Suspects”, “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Analyze This”.Single tickets for “A Bronx Tale” One Man Show with Chazz Palminteri at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts start at $39 and are available now online at SCFTA.org, at the box office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more people, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. Born and raised in the Bronx, Chazz Palminteri was the natural choice to receive the passing of the Italian torch in film. In the tradition established in the 1970s by icons such as director Martin Scorsese and actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, John Cazale and Joe Pesci, Palminteri brought grit, muscle and evocative realism to the sidewalks of his neighborhood of New York, violent as they are and were. Chazz was born Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri in 1952 in the Bronx, New York, the son of Rose, a housewife, and Lorenzo Palminteri, a bus driver. He grew up in a tough neighborhood in the Bronx, giving her life lessons that would later prove invaluable to her career. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and began pursuing his craft in 1973, studying at the Actor’s Studio. He appeared off Broadway in the early 1980s, while paying his dues as a bouncer and doorman at nightclubs, among other jobs.In 1986, he headed west and found his ethnic qualifications were well-suited for getting tough guy roles. Clever lawyers, steadfast hoods and hard-nosed cops were all part of his streetwise ethnic persona on TV shows such as “Wiseguy” (1987), “Matlock” (1986) and “Hill Street Blues” (1981) . In film, he began by playing a 1930s-style gangster in Sylvester Stallone’s “Oscar” (1991). Although his roles were sharp, well-acted, and with a distinct edge, nothing about them showed he was capable of stronger lead roles. At 41, Palminteri became a star “overnight”. Other important projects quickly fell on him. He received a well-deserved Oscar nomination the following year for his portrayal of a Runyonesque hitman in Woody Allen’s hilarious jazz-era comedy “Bullets Over Broadway” (1994). He was on the right side of the law both in “The Perez Family” (1995), his first romantic role, and then in the crime classic “The Usual Suspects” (1995). He plays the unfortunate brute in “Diabolic” (1996) and writes a second screenplay, “Faithful” (1996), in which he again plays a contract killer, terrorizing both Cher and Ryan O’Neal.Although Palminteri was invariably drawn into rather tight, often violent typography, it was sure and flashy that continues to work strong into the millennium. True to form, his full-lipped growl was spotted in gritty urban environments playing a “Hell’s Kitchen” cop in “One Eyed King” (2001) with actor/producer Armand Assante; a pool hustler and mentor in “Poolhall Junkies” (2002); a mob boss in “In the Fix” (2005); a dirty cop in “Running Scared” (2006); the titular crook as “Yonkers Joe” (2008); a karaoke-loving Italian psychiatrist in “Once More with Feeling” (2009); and an abusive husband and father in “Mighty Fine” (2012). Other later films include starring appearances in “Body Armour” (2007), “The Dukes” (2007), the conman title as “Yonkers Joe” (2008), and “Once More with Feeling” (2009), as well as prime media in “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” (2006), “Push” (2006), “Jolene” (2008), “Once Upon a Time in Queens” (2013), “Legend” (2015) , “Vault” (2019) and “Clover” (2020). TV crime also continues to fill its time, earning series credits such as “Kojak” (2005), “Rizzoli & Isles” (2010) and “Godfather of Harlem” (2019). Once in a while, he’ll relax – like in his recurring role as Shorty on the popular sitcom “Modern Family” (2009).

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