Iconic won’t even begin to describe the legacy that David Chase brought into the world when he created his hit series The Sopranos in 1999.
The series followed Tony Soprano, an Italian mobster residing in Newark, New Jersey. The show goes into the depths of Tony’s life as he tries to spin the many plates of being in the mob and supporting his own family. The amount of Tony Soprano shirts outside of Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night tells you everything you need to know about the legacy of the show, it has many adoring fans. Anyone you talk to will have heard of the show, it seems as if everyone can find something to love about the ambiance of it. The Sopranos is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. The series won a multitude of awards, including Peabody Awards for its first two seasons, 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, and five Golden Globe Awards.
It has been the subject of critical analysis, controversy, and parody, and has spawned books, a video game, soundtrack albums, podcasts and assorted merchandise. It only makes sense for fans to want to know all about the events that led up to the series, the major life aspects of their beloved characters. Director Alan Taylor follows in Chase’s footsteps to create The Many Saints of Newark, the highly anticipated prequel to the series.
Wednesday night was the world premiere of the film at the Tribeca film fest, showcasing the life of a young Anthony Soprano as he goes through time in one of the most crucial periods in the history of Newark. As if becoming a man wasn’t difficult enough, growing up in the mob scene makes it even worse, especially when the all-powerful DiMeo crime family comes about. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, whose influence over his nephew will help shape the young boy into the man we all know, Tony Soprano. We got to talk to the cast at the premiere of the film, check out the full conversation!