In The Field: A Bronx Tale Musical
“𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑑𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑡.” ~ Lorenzo in A Bronx Tale
You know the movie, 𝐴 𝐵𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑥 𝑇𝑎𝑙𝑒. So good, right?
A few years after the movie did so well, it was brought to Broadway as a musical that ran for 700 shows, and featured Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Cologero’s… aka C…father. Blake also starred in 𝑊𝑖𝑐𝑘𝑒𝑑, 𝐽𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑦 𝐵𝑜𝑦𝑠, 𝐿𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝐵𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑒, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐴𝑖𝑑𝑎.
Richard brought his musical direction of the show at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, NJ. A few weeks ago, just a couple of days before opening, I had the chance to photograph the show as the cast went through one of its last dress rehearsals.
It was good to be back at the Axelrod. It was back in 2017 that I photographed another show there, Jekyll & Hyde, staring my buddy Remember Jones. And it was through Jones that this particular commission came up
Of course, things were much different this time around. I had to take a COVID test (even though vaxxed). I had to wear a mask while shooting. I couldn’t go backstage or anything like that.
But it was great to be shooting talented actors, singers and dancers again, though.
Sayerville, NJ native, Mike Ferlita, is cast as teenage Cologero, a Belmont Ave kid, and is superb. Nine-year old Hudson Koonce plays Young C and is equally strong; Mike Keller is Sonny, the don of the neighborhood; Mike Backes and Emily Esposito play C’s parents and Nashka Derosiers plays C’s love interest, Jane, from over on Webster Avenue. She’s stellar as well.
Mike Ferlita as Teenage C and Mike Keller as neighborhood don, Sonny
It’s also been nice to see my photos get used in a good many reviews of the show, like this one in Broadway World.
The whole show is wonderful. And from what I understand, it’s had a really run to help re-open the Axelrod!