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A Bronx Tale

  • Eisenhower Auditorium The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 16802 (map)

The Center for the Performing Arts at Eisenhower Auditorium takes us to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be, with Broadway’s hit musical crowd-pleaser, “A Bronx Tale.”

Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Academy and Tony winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Tony nominee Glenn Slater (Love Never Dies), A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.

Tickets are required; phone Joi McKenzie at the CPA at 814-865-5011 for accessibility tickets. Remember, to use the audio-description service, you MUST also contact the SLSG office by email ( or by phone (814-238-0132) at least two weeks prior to the performance /Oct. 16. The show runs for 2 hours, including one 15 minute intermission.

From the dc metro theater arts review:

A Bronx Tale…… is a delightful, high-energy musical of fast-paced fun set in the late 1960s. It debuted on Broadway in 2016. Under the co-direction of Jerry Zaks and Robert De Niro (who directed the film version), A Bronx Tale hits all the right notes and a lot more with an inspirational story, great singing and exuberant dancing. The mean streets of the Bronx come alive under the street lights at the corners of Belmont Avenue and Webster Avenue, the dividing line between the Italian neighborhood where Chazz Palminteri grew up and the black inner city. Beowulf Boritt’s moving scenic design deftly shifts between the stoop, the Italian grocery store, pizza joint and Chez Bippy, the Italian hangout, to the black side of town.

A Bronx Tale tells the story of Calogero, a poor young Italian boy coming of age as he learns some hard life lessons from Sonny, the wealthy neighborhood don who takes him under his wing for not ratting when he witnesses Sonny murder a man. But Sonny’s mobster philosophies about life don’t quite match with Lorenzo, Calogero’s hardworking bus driver father. Conflict ensues when Calogero comes to terms with what living a life of integrity really means. He struggles to know whether it is better to be feared than to be loved and he almost loses his life in the battle.

A terrific ensemble of 15 completes a big cast of performers who are completely in sync with each other and professionally polished. Sergio Trujillo’s vivacious choreography mimicked Chuck Berry’s duck walk energy, Step Afrika’s slapdash foot stomping,  and George Chakiris’ street-smart cool from West Side Story.