Chazz Palminteri will be performing in his autobiographical one-man show called “A Bronx Tale,” at the Lynn Auditorium at the end of the month. The play tells the story of Chazz as a young boy who gets involved in the world of organized crime.
SD: What is it about the Mafia that still continues to intrigue audiences?
CP: Well, first we had westerns and when they ended, the mafia came next. There is a kind of romance to them how one man can be a devoted family man but then go out and kill someone. There is a power and mystery about their lives and stories that attracts people.
SD: Do you ever have any trepidation performing the show given its personal nature?
CP: No, not really. My show is more about the community than it is about the mob.
SD: What made you decide to bring it back to the stage?
CP: When I first did the show back in 1989, it was such a big success I felt that I should perform it longer so that more people could see it. I brought it back to Broadway in 2007 and it continued to grow in popularity. I really love doing the show. I perform about 20 dates a year.
SD: I am sure you have told the story thousands of times. How do you keep it fresh and new and stay energized about it?
CP: Not to sound too shallow, but it is such a great show. I like it because it is different. I perform 18 characters. Hitchcock said you can do three things to your audience: “You can make them laugh, cry or scare them, and if you do two out of three that’s great,” and I hope that I do all three.
SD: What is the most difficult part about playing multiple characters?
CP: I have to stay in shape. It helps to work-out, because it is really a tough and strenuous show. I actually rehearse on the treadmill.
For more information on Chazz Palminteri visit www.chazzpalminteri.net and to purchase tickets to his February 28th show at the Lynn Auditorium visit www.lynnauditorium.com