New in 2017 Rock icon Bruce Springsteen makes his Broadway debut with a solo acoustic concert which follows the arc of his life and career.
From the producers: After a career of more than 40 years, 20 Grammys and an Oscar, legendary musician Bruce Springsteen comes to Broadway with a solo acoustic performance. It is an intimate night with Bruce, his guitar, a piano, and his stories.
Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen is best known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss," he is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class, sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice, and his lengthy and energetic stage performances - with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade running at up to four hours in length. His artistic endeavors reflect both his personal growth and the zeitgeist of the times.
“I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible. I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I’ve played in the last 40 years," says Springsteen. “My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value."
Make no mistake, "Springsteen on Broadway" is a solo act by a solo artist with an artist's steel...[it] is a painful if thrilling summing-up at 68: a major statement about a life's work, but also a major revision of it. Many of the songs are less familiar and more meditative than his chart-toppers, and those that were chart-toppers are almost unrecognizable. As portraits of artists go, there may never have been anything as real - and beautiful - on Broadway.
With its mix of live music and stories and readings adapted from his 2016 autobiography, "Born to Run," "Springsteen on Broadway" lets one of popular music's most beloved icons flex all kinds of creative muscle in a rare, intimate setting that showcases the true breadth of talents. [He's] an ace dry comedian, but he's even better when he's breaking your heart. The show's format and theatrical setting paint a fuller picture of Springsteen, the human, beyond just Springsteen, the rock star.