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Chazz Palminteri bringing 'A Bronx Tale' to Port Chester
Chazz Palminteri is bringing his celebrated one-man show "A Bronx Tale" to The Capitol Theatre (149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, 914-937-4126, www.thecapitoltheatre.com) this June.
The one-night-only performance at The Cap will start at 8 p.m. June 1. Tickets go on sale at noon this Friday, are $45-$75 apiece and are limited to patrons 18 and older.
A Bedford resident and Bronx native, Palminteri struggled as an actor until 1988 when, already in his early 40s, he staged a one-man show based on his childhood experiences with his bus-driving father and a neighborhood crime family. Five years later, his life changed forever when he adapted that play, “A Bronx Tale,” into a major motion picture, in which he had a supporting role.
“I went from just an unknown theater actor to a star — boom! — I didn’t do the middle part,” Palminteri told Newsday Westchester last year. “Usually, you get on a TV show or [another] show [before stardom]; no, this one went ‘Bam! Bam!’ Which was great, so it changed my life that way.
"Second, it broke me so that I could be a major-league starring role in movies, and it broke me as a writer, because I wrote ‘A Bronx Tale,’ obviously. So, my writing career really took off from there.
"And third, [I appreciate] the longevity of it; it’s been taught in film schools all over the world. It’s just as known all over the world as it is here in New York,” he said.
Robert De Niro not only starred with Palminteri in the movie version of “A Bronx Tale” but directed it as well.
“As great as he is as an actor, he’s a great director,” Palminteri told me. “He’s just so caring for the actors — obviously, because he is a wonderful actor — and everything has to be perfect and right. And most important: All he does is care about the work. He just wants the work to be right. He listens to opinions. He’s very collaborative as a filmmaker.”
Palminteri has worked steadily ever since, with an Oscar-nominated performance in the Woody Allen 1994 film “Bullets Over Broadway” and a memorable turn a year later as a coffee-dropping detective in “The Usual Suspects.” More recently, he has been popping up on hit TV shows, with recurring roles on the TNT drama “Rizzoli & Isles” and ABC’s “Modern Family."
Palminteri also was slated to appear at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford late last year to raise money for an Armonk theater group, but that appearance still hasn't been rescheduled.