‘A Bronx Tale’ Opens at Benedum; Mullaney’s Hosts Ceili Dancing (Tues., 11/19/19)

'Okay kid, you wait here for Santa while I check out the November theater lineup.' Actually this is an early scene from the touring production of 'A Bronx Tale,' one of many diverse shows on stage in Pittsburgh this month.

‘A Bronx Tale’ at the Benedum Center.

1) A Bronx Tale, the fictionalized-from-true-life story of actor Chazz Palminteri’s tumultuous youth, is known to audiences mainly as a 1993 film directed by Robert De Niro. It’s a gripping story, about a young fellow growing up in a neighborhood where he’s torn between organized-crime rivalries, racial tensions, personal loyalties, and the desire to come out of it all in one piece as an honest man. Critics loved the movie. Though not a box office smash, it became a cult favorite, launching De Niro’s career as a director while boosting Palminteri’s as a writer and actor. Now Palminteri has teamed with composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater to turn A Bronx Tale into a stage musical. The touring production visits Pittsburgh for a six-day, eight-show run at Benedum Center.  Palminteri himself isn’t acting in the production but you can expect a first-rate cast. Also expect violence, sharp-edged humor, tensely interwoven story lines … along with well over a dozen musical numbers, ranging from “Roll ’Em” to “The Choices We Make.” 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through November 24. 237 7th St., Cultural District. (MV)

2) Ceili is an Irish word for gathering and that’s just what will be happening at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle tonight with the Pittsburgh Ceili Club. Dancing starts at 7:15 p.m. with lessons for beginners, then live music and dancing go from 8-10 p.m.  Enjoy some Guinness or Harp to slake your thirst. 2329 Penn Ave., Strip District.

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