Robert De Niro made his directorial debut with A Bronx Tale, the 1993 crime drama about a young Italian-American teenager growing up in the Bronx. Now, he’s helping to helm the film’s forthcoming musical adaptation, due to open early next year.
De Niro, who also starred in the movie alongside Chazz Palminteri, will be co-directing the production with theatre veteran Jerry Zaks, who’s nabbed four Tonys for his work on Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, and The House of Blue Leaves, among others. Alan Menken, the Oscar-winning composer behind countless Disney hits like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, has been tapped to provide the music. The project will also feature a book penned by Palminteri, whose own autobiographical one-man show of the same name was the basis for the original film.
The musical is set to debut on February 4th and run until March 6th at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey.
Below, revisit a trailer for the film.