Actor Chazz Palminteri Brings His Bronx Tale to Lehman

October 4, 2013 12:49 pm School of Arts and Humanities, Theatre Program

Actor Chazz Palminteri with student Yinka Adebola after his one-hour workshop on breaking into show business.

Actor Chazz Palminteri stopped by the Lehman campus on Wednesday afternoon to talk about show business with students in Lehman’s Theatre program. The Bronx native has returned to his hometown for a one-night only performance of his autobiographical one-man show A Bronx Tale on October 17, at 7 p.m. in the Lovinger Theatre. Proceeds from the show will benefit his charity, the Child Reach Foundation.

The seasoned actor had words of encouragement and some common sense advise for his audience, made up of mostly aspiring theater professionals. He told them what his own father told him, “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”

He said the key to getting your foot in the door is to always be prepared. If you’re an actor, then memorize a monologue or two. If you’re a writer, then write. If no one wants to produce your show, then do it yourself. Just as importantly, he said, is to be nice and be well liked.

Palminteri kept things light, taking questions and even inviting two audience members to come forward and perform their monologues. He praised their preparedness and encouraged them to stay in touch. Afterward, he posed for pictures with attendees and signed autographs.

Tickets to Palminteri’s one-night-only performance of A Bronx Tale are available at brownpapertickets.com.

The actor recently sat down for an interview with Jennifer H. Cunningham of the New York Daily News to talk about his favorite places in the Bronx, his inspiration, and his work with sick children. Read more.