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Chazz Palminteri's Tale of the Bronx

By Bonnie Goldberg

When actor and writer Chazz Palminteri was a nine year old boy sitting innocently on a cement stoop in front of his Bronx home, he witnessed a murder.  He saw two men fighting five feet in front of him, ostensibly over a parking space, when a third man stepped in to help his friend. He killed his friend's opponent and, thus,  rescued his friend.  The police, no matter how they tried, couldn't get Chazz, who was called by his given name Calogero, to testify.

In the midst of this devastating encounter, Chazz's eyes met those of the stranger's, who turned out to be Sonny, the capo di tutti capi, or "boss of all bosses" or godfather if you prefer. The young impressionable lad soon found himself swept into a different and exciting world that Sonny commanded, into a fancy club, fetching coffee and cutting lemons and limes, rolling dice and collecting tips.  Chazz's father, a hardworking bus driver, did not approve of his son's new associates and when Sonny tried to give him a lucrative job he refused.  Soon "C" as he was called became Sonny's "penance, something good to leave behind."

(Photo: Chazz Palminteri)


A Tour of a "Palace"

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The foyer of the Palace Theater

By Bonnie Goldberg


Take a walk back in history, and what an elegant heritage it is, when Waterbury's exquisite Palace Theater opens its doors for a tour on Friday, September 5 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Don't worry if you can't make tomorrow's foray as the Palace has promised to repeat this grand backstage event many times in the autumn season.

 For nine decades, with only one sustained hiatus due to unforeseen events, the Palace has been a jewel in the entertainment world.  This monthly historical talk, which is only $5, but make a reservation, will reveal stories and anecdotes from the theater's past and present glories.  A trained staff of Palace Theater Ambassadors will be your guides, revealing all the delicious tidbits of knowledge that will make you feel you know this grand old lady, from her gilded and marble architectural design, her grand instrumental organs, her star dressing rooms and hidden backstage murals that illuminate the past in vivid color.  Imagine walking across that great stage, the same space where over the years Tommy Dorsey, Tony Bennett, Eddie Cantor, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Carol Burnett and Pink Floyd among many others trod the boards.



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Artes Magazine -- fine art, architecture, design and theater

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CT Arts Connection

WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Rosalind Friedman's Review) (Frank Rizzo reviews)

www.reflectionsinthelight (Lauren Yarger reviews) (Irene Backalenick/David Rosenberg reviews)

Stu On Broadway -- Reviws and comments

Two on the Aisle -- NYC and Connecticut Theater News and Reviews



What Ever Happened to Previews?

By Frank Rizzo

When I was a kid growing up outside Boston, I would make it a point to see "preview" performances of Broadway-bound shows, in part because the tickets were cheaper.

And it made sense, too, for both me and the show's producers. After all, these performances were when the shows were still being worked on — sometimes dramatically so — with lines being added or cut, songs being adjusted and most importantly with the performers learning to connect with the work, each other and the audience.

After a few days or a week at most, critics like Elliot Norton, Kevin Kelly and Carolyn Clay were invited in, signaling the official opening of the show.

Previews helped producers, too, because these early performances were not the easiest tickets to sell because many folks wait until the reviews come out before they decide whether to see a show.

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