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A Bronx Tale comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall
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A Bronx Tale, an original one-man show written for the stage and performed by actor Chazz Palminteri, comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall for one performance Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m.
CLEARWATER – A Bronx Tale, an original one-man show written for the stage and performed by actor Chazz Palminteri, comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall for one performance Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m.

Well known for A Bronx Tale, Palminteri originally wrote the script for the stage and performed it as a one-man show in Los Angeles. It became the hottest property in Hollywood since Rocky. Palminteri was offered more than a million dollars to walk away from the project and, with $200 left in the bank, he refused. He wanted to play Sonny and write the screenplay.

One night Robert DeNiro walked in to see the show and as they say ”the rest is history.” He then moved the production to New York, where it played for four sold-out months and earned him nominations for the New York Outer Critics Circle for both acting and writing. While in New York, he completed the screenplay of A Bronx Tale and soon found himself starring opposite Robert DeNiro, who chose the script for his directorial debut.

Born in 1952, Palminteri grew up in a tough area of the Bronx and it gave young Calogero (Palminteri's given first name) the life lessons that would later prove very useful to his career. He started out pursuing his craft in studying at the Actor's Studio with Lee Straussberg. He appeared off-Broadway in the early 1980s while paying his dues as a singer in his own band.

Bronx-born and raised Chazz Palminteri was a natural choice to continue the long line of prominent Italian actors in the film industry. In the tradition set forth in the 1970s by such icons as director Martin Scorsese and actors Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Palminteri has brought grit, muscle and an evocative realism to the sidewalks of his New York neighborhood, violent as they are and were.

Chazz has more than 50 movies to his credit including The Usual Suspects, Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award® nomination), Analyze This, Hurlyburly, Mulholland Falls, Faithful (screenplay also written by Chazz Palminteri), Poolhall Junkies, The Perez Family, Jade, Diabolique, Down to Earth and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. Recent films include Final Recourse, Mighty Fine starring Andie MacDowell, Yonkers Joe, Jolene and The Dukes. He has also directed the HBO series Oz (episode, Unnatural Disasters), Showtime’s Women vs. Men and the feature film Noel, starring Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Robin Williams and Paul Walker. He appeared on the New York stage in the play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring with Al Pacino, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Billy Crudup. Chazz is a member of the Actors Studio in NYC.

Chazz received the 1996 Leadership in Entertainment Award from the Coalition of Italo-American Association, Inc. and was honored by President Clinton with a Special Achievement Award for the Performing Arts from the National Italian American Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Reserved tickets priced at $55, $45 and $35 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727-791-7400. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to show time. Patrons may also purchase tickets at www.RuthEckerdHall.com. A limited number of VIP packages priced at $95 are also available which include a premium seat and a Meet & Greet opportunity. Call the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office for more information.

A pre-show lunch priced at $20 is available before the performance. For reservations and more information, contact the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office.
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