Obviously, both the play and the film version are highly acclaimed and still beloved by audiences. What is it about the story that YOU think resonates with people?
It's a story of the triumphs of the human spirit, the working man. This is not a gangster story; this is more about the working guy, my tribute to the working people. Maybe people associate Italian-Americans with the mafia, but the mafia is an aberration of the Italian community. The Italian community is comprised of the working people, and this is a tribute to them.

Regarding the film, why did you choose to play Sonny, above the other characters?
I knew Sonny was the great character. He was the one I most related to, and I wanted someone stronger to play Lorenzo. Obviously, I was very fortunate to get the greatest actor [Robert DeNiro].

Do you find it easier or more difficult to perform something that you yourself have written?
It's great, because I can rework it, and try to make it better.

Has the show changed at all since its original production in the 80s? As you have matured, as a performer, as a writer, as a person, has the show matured as well?
Yes, absolutely. When I first did it, I was the boy talking to the father; now I'm the father talking to the boy. I have a son who's going to be 14, I have a daughter, so it's really like I'm my father now. That resonates very strongly with me. And my father just passed away this year, so every time I get onstage, it's like I'm talking to him.

I was so excited for my kids to see the show. When they did, my son ran over to me and said, "Dad, I promise you I won't waste my talent." And that was worth everything.

A Bronx Tale runs March 31 through April 5 at the Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St, Boston. Call 617.880.2460.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Theater , Celebrity News, Entertainment, Movies,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   INTERVIEW: ANDY RICHTER  |  November 25, 2009
    We have a chub for Andy Barker, P.I. (just released out on DVD), because we have a major chub for the show’s star, Andy Richter. Richter plays an accountant who is mistaken for a detective-for-hire and decides to just roll with it. 
  •   REVIEW: SPREAD  |  August 19, 2009
    If only there were some way to watch a con-artist houseboy give his cougar sugar mama a squirming reach-around, charm the pants off a candy-necklace string of countless empty-eyed Hollywood stick figures, lose his heart to an untouchable social chameleon, and, in the process, find himself .
  •   NORTHERN EXPOSURE  |  July 29, 2009
    While New York is grittier, Los Angeles juicier, and Boston is wicked smahter, for some odd reason it is Montreal that, for two weeks every summer, becomes the epicenter of the comedy universe.
  •   JUST FOR LAUGHS  |  July 27, 2009
    Blogs, Tweets, and comedy video direct from moose country
  •   BEAT THE TWEET  |  July 22, 2009
    Warm weather is supposed to be accessorized by lackaday, by a breezy sensibility best enjoyed with a frosty tall boy in one hand, the sloppy product of a back-yard barbecue in the other. Instead, I find myself struggling to balance my beer between my knees and my overstocked paper plate on my thigh as I furiously poke at my BlackBerry.

 See all articles by: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN