28 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.
The New York Times
“There came a moment near the end of Springsteen’s overwhelming and uncategorizable Broadway show, when it seemed possible to see straight through his many masks to some core truth of his being….‘Springsteen on Broadway’ is a solo act by a solo artist with an artist’s steel…A painful if thrilling summing-up at 68: a major statement about a life’s work, but also a major revision of it…As portraits of artists go, there may never have been anything as real — and beautiful — on Broadway.”
“Here he presents himself not as the stadium-filling rock god, but instead he engages in a more intimate and difficult process, collapsing the distance between artist and audience, between his art and the lived experience of those who take comfort and solace in it…Springsteen clarifies the meanings and the substance of his songs with a becoming simplicity and humility occasionally trimmed with humor...A remarkable performance of some of his greatest music."
Time Out New York
"The hits are here, including ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Dancing in the Dark,’ but stripped down and edged with wistfulness; ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ is pared into a skeletal, nearly acapella blues. It’s an intimate show and a generous one, not just to past friends and collaborators but also to the audience, inviting us on a cross-country journey that is now, as he approaches 70, less about the gunning of his engines than the steadiness of his drive. He pulls it all off; he’s understood. It’s magic."
“Springsteen on Broadway” was also reviewed by David Gordon of Theatermania, Maeve McDermott of USA Today, Craig Jenkins of New York Magazine / Vulture, Glenn Gamboa of Newsday, Will Pavia of The Times (UK), Chris Jordan of Asbury Park Press, Jem Aswad of Variety, Laura Barton of The Guardian (UK), Andy Greene of Rolling Stone, Bobby Olivier of NJ.com, Charles McNulty of Los Angeles Times, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Elysa Gardner of BBC London, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Amanda Petrusich of New Yorker, Dan DeLuca 7286 of Philadelphia Inquirer, Hardeep Phull of New York Post, Robert Levin of AM New York, Barney Henderson of The Telegraph (UK), Mikael Wood of Los Angeles Times, Madison Vain of Entertainment Weekly, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter.
The show was also reviewed by 9 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 92.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing, Must see, Measured
See it if…"You love Bruce Springsteen and his music and want to hear stories about his life, family and beliefs. More like a show than a concert."
Don't see it if…"You are hoping to know every word to every song and expect lots of glitz and glamour."
See it if…"You are a Bruce fan. It’s like a storytelling concert in your living room. Great arrangements. Engaging stories."
Don't see it if…"You are expecting a behaved theater-going audience. Cell phones everywhere and the occasional person trying to turn it into a stadium show."
See it if…"You want to experience Bruce in a new, up-close way with other super-fans. See him weave story and song with audience following every word."
Don't see it if…"You want to see the raucous, manic Bruce on stage playing his music just like you hear it on the radio. This is intimate and personal."
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