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Springsteen on Broadway (NYC)

From 44 critic and 191 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Must see

About the show

Legendary Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen comes to Broadway in a new autobiographical solo show. More…

At 960 seats, the Walter Kerr Theatre is one of the smallest venues Springsteen has played in the last 40 years. Join the iconic musical storyteller in this intimate environment for his new piece, a part-spoken, part-sung performance that loosely follows the arc of his life and work.

2h 0m | Already closed | Walter Kerr Theatre (Midtown W)

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.” Full Review


“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." Full Review

Broadway News

“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." Full Review

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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

“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." Full Review

Financial Times (UK)

"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." Full Review

The Washington Post

“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.” Full Review

Los Angeles Times

“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.” Full Review


“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.” Full Review

AM New York

"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." Full Review

Rolling Stone

"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." Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

"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." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"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." Full Review

Philadelphia Inquirer

"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." Full Review

Consequence of Sound

"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." Full Review

The Wrap

“‘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.” Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

"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." Full Review

New York Daily News

“‘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.” Full Review


"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

BBC London

"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.” Full Review

This Week in New York Blog

“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.” Full Review

Showbiz 411

"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." Full Review


"'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." Full Review

Great in every respect

See it if you enjoy a moving, raw, intimate show with both humor and melancholy.. His monologues and delivery are as amazing as his acoustic songs.

Don't see it if you dislike Bruce Springsteen or if you are expecting a typical concert.

Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Profound, Must see

See it if You love Springsteen. A once in a lifetime intimate, revealing and beautiful journey of music and storytelling with the Boss himself

Don't see it if You are not a Springsteen fan.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Resonant, Masterful

See it if you are a Bruce fan. Bucket list stuff here.

Don't see it if You don't like introspective, intimate music-oriented performances.

Great singing, Masterful, Must see

See it if 2 3/4 hours of Bruce singing and telling wonderful personal stories. It doesn’t get any better than this

Don't see it if Everyone who can should see it before it closes

Absorbing, Great writing, Riveting performance, Great singing, Intense

See it if I was surprised by how good it was. I actually hadn't expected it to be such an intense theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you don't like Bruce Springsteen or don't want to pay ridiculous prices for the tickets.

Also He was on stage for almost three hours, no intermission. I was never b... Read more Read less

Must see, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if If you are a Bruce Springsteen fan, it's a pilgrimage to Mecca. 15 songs with story telling of his life.Simply Amazing.

Don't see it if If you aren't a Bruce SPringsteen fan, expecting a concert or a broadway play.

Great singing, Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if See this if you love BRUCE, his music, his humor and his little black t-shirt!

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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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Absorbing, Entertaining, Epic, Must see, Masterful

See it if you love the Boss

Don't see it if you can wait until Netflix

Absorbing, Exquisite, Funny, Great singing, Must see

See it if Springsteen is your idol. You want to see one of the best performers of this generation. A legend on stage.

Don't see it if You don’t care about Springsteen because your seat deserves to go to someone who will appreciate it.

Masterful, Moving, Honest

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Don't see it if You want a big production number type show

Exquisite, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent

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Absorbing, Great singing, Must see, Entertaining, Riveting

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Don't see it if Can’t think of a reason

Epic, Great staging, Must see

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Don't see it if you don't like theatre

Exquisite, Great singing, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you love Springsteen, or just want to see a master storyteller and song writer

Don't see it if you hate Bruce

Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You want a phenomenal performance of a great musical. It'sa great concert, a great show, fascinating study of a brilliantly creative artist.

Don't see it if You only like old fashioned traditional musicals

Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Masterful, Resonant

See it if I mean, come on.

Don't see it if seriously, COME ON.

Also Okay, seriously: this is Bruce Springsteen, one of the most important ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if You appreciate a wonderful story, fabulous songs and Bruce Springsteen

Don't see it if You appreciate a wonderful story, fabulous songs and Bruce Springsteen

Exquisite, Epic, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if Springsteen is a great story teller in spoken word & song. His delivery is thoughtful,relaxed, as if he hadn't said these words 100 x before

Don't see it if You expect to hear each song as recorded. You're not a Bruce fan. You want to comment-please don't.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Profound

See it if this show is a must for Springsteen fans: he's funny, genuine, riveting, intimate, humble and yet always Bruce. His score is incomparable

Don't see it if You are not a Springsteen fan; you need a "typical" Broadway show; you prefer to attend an arena concert, and yell "Bruuuuuce."

Enchanting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are a Boss fan or like singer/songwriter vibes.

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Absorbing, Great singing, Profound, Beautiful, Wow just wow

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Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Intense, Great singing

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Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Must see, Profound

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Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love Springsteen, then you cannot miss it. If you like Springsteen, you will walk out loving him.

Don't see it if You hate his music.

Also I love him and have attended many of his concerts. This is a totally d... Read more Read less

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