A BRONX TALE – At the Golden Gate Theatre through October 19th

Chazz Palminteri is Primo Divo in San Francisco!

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Chazz Palminteri, author and star of A BRONX TALE – currently playing at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre – is brilliant. The story is semi-autobiographical, centering on his early life in the Bronx, specifically around a neighborhood at the corner East 187th Street and Belmont Avenue. He’s just a kid named Calogero, minding his own business on the front porch, taking in all the daily goings-on – especially those of the local Mafia boss, “Sonny”. Right place/wrong time, young Calogero watches Sonny shoot a man over a parking space. His father advises him to play dumb to the police – “ratting” not being the best M.O., or the way to go (or go out). Gradually, Sonny takes a shine to the lad and proceeds to take the stars out of his eyes – particularly about baseball and Calogero’s hero-worship of Mickey Mantle. “He doesn’t care about you!” Sonny takes Calogero into the local bar and introduces him to the finer art of shooting craps. In the middle of a hot game, Calogero is persuaded to roll Sonny’s dice. Seven! Sonny reels-in a barrel of cash. The boy is rewarded with a hundred dollar bill, a “c-note”. Calogero is re-christened as “C” and becomes the understood best boy of the much-feared gang leader.

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CHAZZ PALMINTERI – A BRONX TALE

Everyone in the neighborhood suddenly loves “C”. And we are in love with Chazz Palminteri playing “C” –first as a mature man, then a curious kid – and then as “Sonny”, and all the muscled gentlemen in Sonny’s entourage, and the guy upstairs who harks back and spits into the street, and his own father (a very moral bus driver) who smacks him upside the head after his mother (yes, her too) finds 12 c-notes taped inside his dresser drawer. C has been busy saving his gambling money.

Director Jerry Zaks (The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, 2006; Smokey Joe’s Cafe, 1995; Guys and Dolls, 1992) keeps Chazz Palminteri non-stop busy for an hour and forty minutes, no intermission. His 18-character roster arrives in rapid-fire tempo. Palminteri’s perfect timing is absolute split-second between response and reaction; the energies are distinct upon introduction and readily familiar as the drama unfolds. An interval of nineteen years has passed since Mr. Palminteri debuted his tour-de-force show off-Broadway. Hot, fresh and steamy, packed with verismo, verve, and vulnerability – Chazz Palminteri delivers a magnificent solo performance.

To order tickets on-line: A BRONX TALE

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OPENING NIGHT – AT THE GOLDEN GATE

When you’re strolling through C’s neighborhood, stop off at GINO’S PASTRY SHOP (580 East 187th Street & Arthur Avenue) for great creamy cannolis. Nearby, try MIKE’S DELI (2344 Arthur Avenue) for a hunky Hero Sandwich and bring home some Prima Donna cheese. And BORGATTI’S (632 East 187th Street) is the place for ravioli’s and egg noodles. Click here to get Mario’s recipe for FETTUCCINE a la carbonara.

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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