The Blue Masques' production of 'A Bronx Tale' opens Friday night at Riverhead High School. Photo: Alek Lewis.

This weekend, the Riverhead Blue Masques will present “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” as their first on stage performance after coronavirus restrictions were lifted. 

Performances are on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Riverhead High School Auditorium. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance online (not including service fee). 

The show was originally written and performed as a one-man show by Chazz Palminteri based on his early life. It was later made into a 1993 film starring Palminteri and Robert De Niro. The story follows a kid from the Bronx named Calogero, who after witnessing a murder by mob boss Sonny, is taken under his wing. 

The movie was adapted into a musical in 2016 with music and lyrics written by composer Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, who are famous for their collaborations on Disney films like “The Little Mermaid” and “Tangled.”

The musical stars Jacob Schiavone as Calogero, Joseph Podlas as Sonny, Aydin Fideli as Lorenzo, Matthew Nitti as Mario, Cruz Mendez as Tryone, Brianna Tapia as Jane and 6th-grader Tucker Suter as Young Calogero.

RiverheadLOCAL caught up with the cast at a dress rehearsal to talk about the show. Watch our report to learn more about the cast and the show.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]