This Week on Broadway for April 2, 2017: Bobby Conte Thornton


Jena Tesse Fox and James Marino talk with Bobby Conte Thornton. Peter Filichia joins in for reviews and trivia. We review Miss Saigon, Sweat, Sweeney Todd, Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, and Transport Group’s productions of Inge In Rep: Picnic.


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Note: Peter’s reviews and trivia were prerecorded on Wednesday, 3/29/17

Guest: Bobby Conte Thornton

Bobby Conte Thornton is currently making his highly praised Broadway debut as Calogero, the leading role originated by Chazz Palminteri in the Robert DeNiro and Jerry Zaks-helmed A Bronx Tale – The Musical at the Longacre Theatre. Critics have commended his performance as “impressive” (VARIETY), “appealing and strong-voiced” (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) and expressed that “Thornton’s likeability is an essential quality that makes the show work.” (THE HUFFINGTON POST).

A 2015 graduate of the University of Michigan, Thornton starred in Grease at Paper Mill Playhouse and Les Misérables at the MUNY while pursuing his BFA. Upon graduation, his New York theater credits include My Fair Lady directed by Michael Arden and Starting Here, Starting Now directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. He has also appeared regionally in Two River Theater’s all-male A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors.

Additionally, Thornton debuted his solo show, Blame It On My Youth, at the historic Venetian Room in the Fairmont San Francisco before his sold-out engagement at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Twitter: @bcontethor

Instagram: @bcontethor



PF: Miss Saigon @ the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, scheduled through January 13, 2018

JF + JM: Sweat @ Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street

PF: Sweeney Todd @ Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow Street

JF: Joan of Arc: Into the Fire @ Public Theater, through April 30, 2017

PF: Transport Group’s productions of Inge In Rep: Picnic @ The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson St, February 23 – April 16, 2017




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