10 reasons it's worth the trip to see Springsteen on Broadway
Bruce Springsteen has been smashing it at his Broadway residency in New York, which is set to wrap up in December this year.
But there’s still time to see it! Here’s 10 reasons you need to be there for one of the most successful musical performances the Big Apple has ever seen.
1. It’s way more than just a Bruce Springsteen concert
While ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ is packed with live music from the man himself, it also features a lot of spoken word.
The concert tells the story of Springsteen’s life, including many anecdotes from his 2016 autobiography ‘Born to Run’ and others written specifically for the show.
Springsteen said, “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.”
2. You don’t want to watch it on Netflix with everyone else (do you?)
‘Springsteen on Broadway’ has been such a huge success that Netflix insisted on licensing the show.
The televised version has already been filmed and is set to launch on the streaming service on December 15 to coincide with the last night of the Broadway run.
If you didn’t see it live though, watching at home is going to feel bittersweet.
3. It’s a raw performance peppered with honesty
Before the show kicks off, Springsteen reveals to the audience that his working-class hero persona that has garnered him so many fans over the years has been a bit of a fib.
“I have never held an honest job in my entire life,” he confesses. “I’ve never worked nine to five. I’ve never done any hard labor, and yet it's all that I’ve written about.”
To be fair, the 68-year-old rock veteran is performing four nights a week at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Not bad for a man who by rights should have been thinking of retirement long ago (not that we’re complaining, of course).
4. It’s about the most American thing you could do on a trip to the USA
With tracks like ‘Born In The USA’ and a legacy of championing rights for the American downtrodden, Springsteen’s show is a must for anyone planning a trip to Manhattan.
Leave the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building to the other tourists, this is where you need to be for a fresh slice of America.
(I mean, you should absolutely see that stuff too. But The Boss definitely takes priority).
5. It’s an intimate show by design
Springsteen wanted to offer fans something different to any of his previous concerts that would have seen thousands in attendance.
He said, “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 theatres, 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.”
6. It features a lot of Springsteen’s greatest hits
While a lot of ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ is the man himself talking to the audience, it of course features a string of Brucey bangers.
The program features MASSIVE Springsteen hits including ‘Growin’ Up’, ‘Thunder Road’, ‘Dancing In The Dark’ and ‘Born To Run’ - but like you’ve never heard them before.
Springsteen alternates between guitar and piano, performing his classics without the famous E Street Band. It's pure, unfiltered Springsteen direct to your ear holes.
7. Critics are raving about it
Don’t take out word for it. ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ has garnered stellar reviews across the board...
"As portraits of artists go, there may never have been anything as real — and beautiful — on Broadway" - The New York Times.
"It is one of the most compelling and profound shows by a rock musician in recent memory" - Rolling Stone.
"There’s a fragility and a new light cast on the songs and his relationship with Scialfa, as if he stands in her emotional shadow" - The Guardian.
8. Fans are heaping on the praise too
We’ll just leave these tweets here….
— Allison Rosenbaum (@AllisonMaeR) 4 de octubre de 2017
— Alex Castillo (@castilloalex) 26 de agosto de 2018
Still reeling from seeing the incredible performance @springsteen put on the other night. This artist - this storyteller - this man is a promise kept every single time. What a thrill to be there. #springsteenonbroadway
— Gail Jordan (@gjbgjj) 26 de agosto de 2018
2nd time &equally outstanding! Still an emotional, heartfelt show. A little looser with an allowance for pics at the end. A privilege to see such a masterfully crafted sharing of self, tinged with humor and masterful storytelling #SpringsteenOnBroadway pic.twitter.com/rcmXv7f6Nh
— Brenda (@bkrun) 26 de agosto de 2018
9. It's an award winner
As if The Boss’ mantelpiece wasn’t already brimming with accolades... ‘Springsteen On Broadway’ snagged a special Tony Award back in June.
The star performed ‘My Hometown’ at the ceremony, introduced by none other than Robert De Niro.
After a dig at President Trump, the ‘Goodfellas’ actor praised Springsteen as a man who is "always fighting for, in your own words, truth, transparency, and integrity in government.”
He added, “Boy, do we need that now. So, congratulations on your Tony for 'Springsteen on Broadway'. Or as I like to call it, 'Jersey Boy.'"
10. It’s likely your only opportunity to see the show live
Many artists finish up a residency and take the show on the road, like Britney Spears for example.
But in an interview with Star Tribune, Springsteen said he had no concrete plans to tour with the show once the doors close on December 15.
“We’ll see, we’ll see, we’ll see,” he added.
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