Rock icon Billy Joel turned down a request to score the A Bronx Tale musical because it was too similar to his 1983 album An Innocent Man.
Robert De Niro re-teamed with Chazz Palminteri last year (15) to turn his 1993 film into a Broadway musical and asked Joel if he would be a part of the production. However, the singer felt his previous record was too close to the 1950s and 1960s style of music in the stageshow.
"I didn't say no at first, but I realised I had already done that kind of thing," the Piano Man star told the New York Daily News. "I'd done an album called An Innocent Man, which was kind of an homage to that era, and I just felt like it would be redundant if I would have done it again. I had a lot of work otherwise so they got (top composer) Alan Menken, and he did a good job."
Joel has been keeping busy with his monthly residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City since 2014, but despite continually extending his record run, he knows the show will come to an end in the near future.
"It has to end," he said. "As long as there's a ticket demand, we're going to keep playing, but I'm just assuming that there's got to be an arc to it where it tapers off. We're at the end of three years."