Grace Hightower's soon-to-be-ex husband Robert De Niro is kinda going through some sh*t. His "Goodfellas" co-star Ray Liotta got a guest voice spot on "SpongeBob SquarePants" and he didn't. Some deranged former male stripper sent him some very crazy fan mail. Someone buy De Niro a drink...and you can do just that with this Broadway World promotion commemorating A Bronx Tale: The Musical coming to Boston:
Here's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and a guest to fly on a private jet, roundtrip from New York City to Boston with Robert De Niro and Chazz Palminteri for a performance of the hit musical A Bronx Tale: The Musical at the Boston Opera House on April 10, 2019. You'll also get to attend a private reception with the legendary actors, join them backstage after the show, and relive the experience on the plane with them back to New York City that same evening!
The two award-winning actors worked together on the 1993 film of A Bronx Tale, which De Niro directed from Palminteri's adaptation of his 1989 one-man show. Now A Bronx Tale: The Musical has been adapted into a hit streetwise musical that takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Featuring a doo-wop score, A Bronx Tale: The Musical is a story about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.
"BUT WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH BOSTON THO?!?!"
Besides this musical happening at the Boston Opera House...De Niro portrayed one of the Pine Street Inn's most famous guests Jonathan Flynn in Being Flynn:
He [Jonathan Flynn] was the subject of his son Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which chronicled his father’s life as an absent father, a bank robber, and as a federal prisoner, as well as the five years he lived as what we now call “the working poor,” sleeping in shelters and on the streets of Boston, working day labor. He made it off the streets with the help of several social workers and organizations, including Eileen O’Brien of Elders Living at Home, Jim O’Connell of Health Care for the Homeless, The Pine Street Inn, and many others. His success in getting of the streets is a model for the current Housing First movement, which has the potential to end homelessness in America.
Jonathan Robinson Flynn was born in 1929 in Scituate, Massachusetts, and always had a complicated and contentious relationship with his own father, Edmund Flynn, although Jonathan was proud that his father had, in response to the sinking of the Titanic, invented the life raft—the Titanic only had life-boats.
Being Flynn, the feature film based on Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, starring Robert De Niro as Jonathan Flynn, was released in 2012. Jonathan was impressed with De Niro’s performance, and enjoyed imitating De Niro (“You are me, I made you”) as he taunted Paul Dano, his on-screen son.
At the time of his death Jonathan Flynn remained convinced he would win the Nobel Prize for “both storytelling and poetry.” His one completed novel, The Button Man, remains unpublished. Along with his son Nick, he is survived by another son, Thaddeus, as well as a daughter, Anastacia.
For no good reason he outlived both of his ex-wives.
Apparently, Big Papa Flynn also told De Niro that "Dustin Hoffman should play him in the film version of his life." Like, right to Robert's De Niro's face. Cute! Nick's father was unFLYNN-ching (see what I did there?) in his Cronus-like verbal abuse of his son.
I mean, what Scituate man doesn't have extremely depressing daddy issues though?
Here's hoping that De Niro's experience of Boston is a little less rife with Scituate-an inter-generational angst and sadness and drunk denizens of the Irish Riviera berating everyone in sight.
Alexa, play "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens.
Pine Street would not allow "Being Flynn" to use the name of the shelter in the movie but its work is no secret in the Boston area. Per the PSI website:
Paul Sullivan, one of Pine Street's founders, became the first director and set our program’s fundamental tone of respect. Anyone seeking shelter is considered a 'guest' of Pine Street Inn, located in Chinatown on Pine Street.
If you need a refresher on the organization committed to "ending homelessness" then check the links below.
And somebody tell Grace Hightower that I'm single and I'd love to take her for dinner. No disrespect, Big Boy Bobby.
P.S. Robert De Niro and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are both Leos. De Niro's birthday is August 17th and Mueller's birthday is August 7th. Get them both something nice and by "nice" I mean "Dunkin Donuts gift cards" and/or "all the lap dances that can be purchased at Glass Slipper."
Pine Street Inn website:
BroadwayWorld website w/ contest details:
Jonathan Robinson Flynn obituary - R.I.P., Jonathan Robinson Flynn
New Yorker interview - Robert De Niro Is Always Doing Something