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Springsteen on Broadway (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Masterful

Legendary Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen returns to Broadway with his solo show.

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Up-close-and-personal, Bruce fans rejoice

See it if you are a Bruce fan; you'll be enchanted. He sings, plays (guitar, piano, harmonica), tells his story. His gravel-y voice will thrill you.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan. You won't enjoy off-key duets w Patty. At least he loves his mother. And urges resistance (altho via dancing?) Not for me.

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Must see, Masterful, Profound, Riveting, Exquisite

See it if You’re a fan of The Boss or to experience an intimate soul touching night of storytelling that reminds us of how important our roots are.

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Critic Reviews (44)

October 12th, 2017

“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.”
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October 12th, 2017

"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."
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October 12th, 2017

"'On Broadway' weaves personal anecdotes and performances of poignant songs into a seamless, theatrical presentation...As with any Springsteen stage performance, you learn that his voice and personality are much bigger than the body housing them. But ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ is a poignant reminder that in spite of the myth and legend, Bruce Springsteen is made of the same blood, muscle, and bone, and motivated by the same fears and desires, as the rest of us.”
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October 12th, 2017

"Unlike the other solo and acoustic tours that he has undertaken, the show is scripted and largely unchanging...The result is an earnest meditation on his life and work, a 'long and noisy prayer' delivered by a diligent and practiced showman...A show in the old-fashioned sense...His voice is so steady and solemn...His rearrangement of 'Born in the U.S.A.' felt deliberate...Springsteen’s mission has always been to be a useful conduit—to reflect or articulate something back at us."
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October 12th, 2017

“A beautifully crafted reflection on his life, his career, and his country…There is, however, a robust narrative shape, a deceptively rambling but cohesive vision of personal and professional experience…The anecdotes and song choices work together hand in glove, shifting with ease from humor to sadness…The show is a model of finely chiseled simplicity, by turns contemplative, moving and joyous…Anyone lucky enough to catch 'Springsteen on Broadway' will be witnessing rock history."
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October 12th, 2017

"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...Knowing the stories doesn’t ruin the magic; instead, there’s an added richness and warmth that comes with experiencing them live in a multi-disciplinary, 360-degree performance...Springsteen’s an ace dry comedian, but he’s even better when he’s breaking your heart...A fuller picture of Springsteen, the human."
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October 12th, 2017

"A kind of live autobiography...The songs take a back seat to the stories, acting almost as illustrations or interludes or interjections...While he’s faithful to the original feel of most songs, he drastically reinterprets some of the biggest ones...Springsteen’s everyman persona can obscure his deep intelligence and formidable talent as a wordsmith...As much a self-made monument to its master’s vision and hurricane-force ambition as it is to his life and career."
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October 12th, 2017

"'Springsteen' is an enjoyable though not entirely successful recasting of the singer-composer...It worked best when Springsteen brought the audience closer, it sagged when he reverted to the outsize character...Exhortations about the glory of rock that pump up screaming stadium-packed multitudes were heavy-handed in a venue in which the audience sat quietly in rapt attention...Best seen as a special concert rather than a glamour event."
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October 12th, 2017

"You might think Bruce Springsteen doesn’t belong on Broadway, but you would be wrong…‘Springsteen on Broadway’ is a perfect concert…An electrifying (well, an acoustifying) session of mostly big big songs rendered without embellishment…‘Springsteen on Broadway’ is written as much as sung and, rock’n’roll or no, it’s a serious gig. Bruce flattered everyone there with his attention, and the attention to detail."
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October 12th, 2017

“It’s elegant, it’s austere, it’s moving. And oh my God, it’s Bruce…A taut and beautifully turned-out evening as sincerely wrought as a poetry reading…It’s a quest for a New York audience to listen for the craft in an American voice ringing with simple truths…He is blazing a trail for other recording artists of his mass appeal and rarefied caliber to come to midtown and create something just as artfully interesting…The long prose passages of 'Springsteen on Broadway' are deeply emotional.”
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October 12th, 2017

“This is not merely a massively profitable concert residency...‘Springsteen on Broadway’ is a very serious attempt at self-definition as written and self-directed by one of America’s most intense and driven performers, a man who cannot act as one other than himself, and does not care to try, but who sure can make his own past live in the present moment. He can take you there for he takes himself there, and lives there again.”
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October 12th, 2017

“A performance that few lucky enough to attend will ever forget…Springsteen could easily have turned his autobiography over to Broadway hacks, who would have jumped at the chance at adapting his life story into a jukebox musical. But thankfully he created something more artfully haunting…His prose, even when overripe, conveys the richness of his heart. But his presence onstage communicates his soul...Broadway, it turns out, is an ideal highway for his mature artistry.”
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October 12th, 2017

"You’re not just listening to Springsteen’s songs and anecdotes, you’re a silent witness to entire scenes of his life...True Bruce-heads will have heard these stories hundreds of times, and the songs thousands of times. But having them whispered into your ear from touching distance means they pack a bigger emotional punch...The rehearsed nature of these lines leave them feeling a little stilted. Thankfully, there are candid, off-script moments that stand out."
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October 12th, 2017

“‘Springsteen on Broadway’ is intimate and persuasive, satisfying and soul-stirring…A tightly scripted chronological narrative tracing his life…Between acoustic arrangements and slow tempos, lyrics really resonate. Springsteen is in complete command when he’s singing…Being locked to a script at times stunts his naturalness and ease. But the intimacy of the setting — and his magnetism — make up for occasional lapses in spontaneity.”
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October 12th, 2017

"It’s an extraordinary gift — to bring people together, to make us recognize that what binds us matters more than what divides us. And it has been displayed in a new and exciting fashion...An evening of stories and songs in which the icon turns the spotlight squarely on his own story...It’s spare and stripped-down, a quiet evening of reflection that is both melancholy and funny, stricken with pain and filled with defiance."
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October 13th, 2017

"He is as authentic as they come - a true poet musician - and perhaps the best that we've got...Much like his own persona, the staging is quite basic, gritty, and raw...At 68, Bruce Springsteen is clearly thinking about mortality, and his show is something of a soulful elegy. That might disappoint some fans. But he is The Boss after all, and listening to his reveries about home and family, he comes to own that stage; and for two glorious, intermission-less hours, he owns us, too."
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October 12th, 2017

"A two-hour, 15-song set that left everyone breathless...Meticulously scripted, yet still retains the air of being off-the-cuff, 'Springsteen on Broadway' offers a walk through the artist's life...The most exciting aspect is how Bruce still manages to surprise us after all these decades...This emotional honesty, on display throughout the evening, could only register in a venue like the Walter Kerr...An unforgettable experience."
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October 12th, 2017

“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."
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October 19th, 2017

"That’s the beauty of this disarming and revelatory concert-cum-monologue: Springsteen punctures his legend even as he demonstrates why it was so damned seductive...The evening has shape, and it’s gracefully executed by a lifelong showman with tremendous charisma and intelligence, but at bottom, it’s a ritual. He’s Bruce, we love him, and therefore the evening is exalted, extraordinary. That’s not so much a criticism as a recognition of a phenomenon."
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October 12th, 2017

"Neither a musical nor a concert in the tradition of his previous solo tours...A meticulously crafted, deeply personal journey with set words and music...An affirmation of the exuberant showmanship and vivid storytelling that Springsteen's rock and roll shares with musical theatre...As the show progressed the emphasis shifted to more mature concerns and rewards. It's here that Springsteen's ability to open his heart and transcend sentimentality came to the fore.”
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October 12th, 2017

"It is not a conventional Broadway show, and it is not a conventional rock concert, but being beached between the two feels more intimate...A warmly involving, beautifully sung, and deftly structured evening of song and storytelling...The show drifts a little toward the end—not horribly, it just loses some tightness...But his mastery of the guitar, harmonica, and piano, his heartfelt, raspy voice, are a joy...A transfixing showcase of musical genius and magic."
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October 16th, 2017

"There is no grand autobiographical sweep, just an episodic succession of granular memories...With Springsteen’s voice still remarkably un-blurred at 68, the intimate setting ensures that each lyric has complete poetic clarity...The only drawback here is that Springsteen relies on an autocue. He thus sacrifices a bit of spontaneity for fidelity to his own finely crafted text...You’ll never get another chance to get this close, in every sense, to The Boss."
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May 24th, 2018

“The New Jersey native has proved...that he is right at home on the Great White Way...More reminiscent of his solo tours...Yet it is not a concert...’Springsteen on Broadway’ is a moving, powerful exploration of a man and his innate, unquenchable desire to become a successful musician...Springsteen has always been an engaging storyteller, and he takes it to the next level on Broadway, unafraid to reveal his faults along with his triumphs.”
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December 30th, 2017

“An authentic, thoughtfully-constructed vehicle, performed by an artist and showman who knows what it means to give his audiences their money’s worth...Springsteen is the real deal; he’s an electric, enthralling presence. There is never a doubt that you are in the presence of greatness, a living legend. But what’s extraordinary about his performance at the Kerr is the naturalness and casual gravity he conveys; it’s completely seductive. Exultant.”
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October 13th, 2017

"He’s like us: he struggles with his childhood, has father issues, and admits to stretching the truth at times. In this way, he is disarming as hell. That makes his Broadway show transcendent. And transplendent. And kind of magnificent. He’s not like us at all: he is a master showman, a gifted musician...A highlight of this show is 'The Rising,' written about 9-11. His face is different when he sings it. That’s when he transcends a night with a rocker on Broadway."
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November 15th, 2017

"He communicates his words and music, and in between numbers, talks to the audience about his life and music, telling colorful tales from his childhood and his life as a performer. This can be tedious for all but the true Springsteen fan...Overall, the performance is what one would expect of a Springsteen concert. If you are a fan, this two-hour show is something you could dig your teeth into, but if you are not, you may get lost in the interposed conversation and storytelling."
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October 12th, 2017

"Another Springsteen—the serious, intense, introspective one—dominates this affair...Yet, as a musical experience—or even a theatrical experience—it was, I felt, not quite as satisfying as a typical Springsteen concert. It had its magical moments, of course...But it was not as consistently revelatory as I hoped it would be...There was a certain stiffness to the show: you were always aware that he was reading...That said, I still think 'Springsteen' is very good, and well worth seeing."
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October 12th, 2017

"'Springsteen on Broadway' is the anti-Broadway Broadway show. No sets, no effects, no dancing girls...In one respect it follows the Broadway formula exactly. 'Story and songs, integrated by a strong dramatic line'....The sound was notably excellent: Springsteen got incredible dynamic range out of a single instrument...This is another kind of excitement: the excitement of a familiar song becoming part of a larger narrative, the story of Bruce, his life, his soul, his vision of America."
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October 12th, 2017

"Sorry to break the bad news, but Springsteen's choice to develop this residency by himself, without the help of a stage-savvy director, has proven a cavalier and foolish decision -- the arc of this disjointed production is saved only by its music and the exclusivity of its venue....Sure, there is an inherent intimacy many fans will never experience again, and sonically the show was brilliant...If you know Springsteen's life well or have read his new book, this performance offers nothing new."
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October 12th, 2017

"It's quite a show, as Springsteen delivers two hours and 15 songs worth of memories, and revelations, and—for some—plenty of tears...Die-hards in the audience will recognize passages from his book, and acoustic interpretations that have been part of his live set for years...Dispenses with the exposition in its final stretch, and that’s when things get cosmic...If the tears haven't flowed earlier in the evening, have Kleenex ready for the show's ending, with a breathtaking pair of medleys."
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October 12th, 2017

"This is nothing like a typical latter-day Springsteen concert...The intensity is, instead, emotional, as Springsteen digs hard into the bedrock of his life story...One of the most compelling and profound shows by a rock musician in recent memory...There's an incredible power to sitting so close from him while he strums a guitar...and tells his life story in rich detail...Each segment is designed for maximum emotional impact...A fresh, powerful artistic achievement in its own right."
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October 12th, 2017

"Two hours of music and storytelling interlaced with a kind of warm intimacy...At such close range, Springsteen’s precision as performer is quite astounding, each moment deliberate yet effortless...He can conjure a crowd, too, pitching his tone somewhere between beat poet and baptist preacher...He pays respect to the transformative, ludicrous joy of what he does – and to its importance, too...Deep and joyful."
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October 12th, 2017

"A magical tale of self-discovery, ambition, and faith...On stage, there is a genius at work...Yet there were times when the stories and songs didn’t mesh as well as other points in the show, and the narrative meandered. 'Springsteen on Broadway' lapsed into a solo music performance at times, which isn’t a bad thing, but wasn’t exceptional....A masterstroke by an artist who continues to evolve."
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October 12th, 2017

"The wonder is that you can hear it...You can hear his sudden intakes of breath and his guitar pick squeaking on the strings...It’s a very funny show: the man could easily fill a comedy special and that’s before you get to a bluesy reworking of 'Born In the USA,' or an emotional rendition of 'Tenth Avenue Freeze Out'...He gives up his life in intimate, granular detail...He hopes that his crowds come for a sort of joyous communion. That was true of this audience."
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October 12th, 2017

"Extraordinary...Over the course of his two-hour show, Springsteen’s lists often take on lives of their own, gathering steam as they roll off his tongue...Weights each story and song equally. It’s a list come to life...'Springsteen on Broadway' is more than just an opportunity to see the stadium-filler in the most intimate setting he has played in decades. It’s a first-rate trip into his view of how great America can and will be."
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October 12th, 2017

"Springsteen like he’s never been seen and heard before...'Springsteen on Broadway' puts its audience through an emotional wringer....Very much a show, with the theatrical space used to create naturalistic effect...Is it a concert, or is it a play? Neither, but something fresher, born from a combination of the two...By recontextualizing them as part of a highly personal, dramatically told story, it makes the old songs sound new again."
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October 13th, 2017

"A deeply personal life story with a soundtrack, a one-man show that’s by turns funny and touching...The songs were secondary to Springsteen’s stories about growing up...He has a keen eye and novelist’s sense of detail...The performance offered a new way to experience someone usually only visible as a speck on a distant stage, a new way to connect with a hero...Much of the latter third is outward looking and feels more like a concert than a show."
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October 13th, 2017

"The show finds Springsteen reflecting back on life so far—it's humorous, melancholy, and even therapeutic...Just you and him—at least that's how it feels—and whatever you are willing to take from the lessons the legend is offering...You will hear some hits, but you will hear them as you haven't before, stripped down to their skeletons—raw and vulnerable...You'll be transported from the boardwalk towns of his youth to the coast of California, then back to Jersey again to find his roots."
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October 15th, 2017

"There is a very precise rhythm that carries from piece to piece, creating an emotional intensity that is not unfamiliar and at times profoundly moving...It is not afraid to tell the hard truths; it is genuine; it is self-deprecating; and it is full of love and appreciation...The production was intense and powerful and a more than credible summation of the life and career of one of our greatest American performers. It was an unflinching attempt at an honest recounting of his story."
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October 16th, 2017

"Something extraordinary. A man who has entertained us our whole lives stands on a stage for two hours and confesses his sins, asks for our forgiveness, offers an apology, and opens his heart to a room of people about what it means to acknowledge you’re closer to the end than the beginning...The evening was as dark and sad and as necessary as a last hospital visit with an old friend."
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October 17th, 2017

“His extraordinary new stage production...Part storytelling, part singing — almost entirely without cracking a smile...Stripped down, accompanied with just piano or guitar...His voice hasn’t diminished over the years the way some prettier ones do. It’s built for the gravitas that comes with experience...Intimate, unforgettable show... It’s like therapy, or a lovers’ heart-to-heart: you leave feeling you’ve journeyed with a superstar to the depths of his troubled soul."
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October 22nd, 2017

“‘Springsteen on Broadway’ manages to be revelatory not only to casual fans but also to diehards...It does so by using the songs to back up and illustrate the stories he’s telling...The songs are not chosen because they’re hits, but because they’re key to the story he’s telling...You cannot watch the show without feeling that Springsteen is sharing something profound, and is doing so in a bold and fresh form that everyone in the theater is privileged to experience.”
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October 12th, 2017

"The master storyteller delivers a meticulous, astonishing performance featuring monologues and poetry...and fresh, innovative interpretations of some of his best loved songs...The space is so small – and Springsteen’s personality so absorbing – that at times it feels like a private, 'living room' concert...Springsteen’s voice, which remains powerful, is toned down from his usual performances...Rather, the songs are often smartly reimagined and guitar solos more sedate."
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October 12th, 2017

"Springsteen held the crowd rapt...Virtually all of the songs that Springsteen played were staples of his live shows, but performed in the sanctity of a Broadway theater and enhanced with his recollections, they resonated with deeper clarity and meaning...Since this is Springsteen's theatrical debut, he can be forgiven for a clunky transition or two...When 'Springsteen' connects, it really connects: the monologue and the music coalescing into something that is powerfully evocative."
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