A Bronx Tale tells the story of a young man who must face a choice between following his father's working-class values or becoming embroiled in a life of organized crime. Debuting in Los Angeles in 1990, the show was critically successful. It was adapted to film in 1993. The theater show reopened on Broadway in 2007 and ran for 108 performances. It then played in Las Vegas at The Venetian Showroom.
A Bronx Tale was written by actor Chazz Palminteri in 1989 after he had failed to find a leading role in the movie industry. Based partially on Palminteri's own life, A Bronx Tale tells the story of Calogero Anello, a working class boy who must face the choice of whether to follow his father's values or join the Mafia. Calogero is befriended by mob boss Sonny, who tries to lure Calogero into the Mafia. A one-man show, Palminteri plays all 18 roles.
A Bronx Tale debuted in Los Angeles in 1990 before it moved to New York City and an off-Broadway venue for four successful months. Palminteri began receiving offers from movie studio producers for the film rights to A Bronx Tale, but Palminteri turned all of them down, as he wished to write and act in the film. It wasn't until Palminteri met Robert De Niro that he got what he wanted. The film adaptation of A Bronx Tale found success at the box office and launched Palminteri's movie acting career.