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Springsteen on Broadway (NYC)

From 199 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)

Member Reviews (199)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Must see
92
Avg Score

70
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.

100
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.

Don't see it if I can’t imagine that anyone would not get something from this extraordinary show.

Also Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce...

84
Ambitious, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if If you like Bruce Springsteen and his music. If you like the story to be told, his life, music.

Don't see it if If you do not like rock or a story of one man's life. Tix very expensiv

86
You go to see a rock and roll legend, but his poetry and storytelling leave the biggest impression

See it if in 1st half Bruce, self-aware & wry, uses stripped down songs & poetic musings 2 movingly tell his origin story; a total knockout

Don't see it if in 2nd half show becomes mostly a concert, not my preference; still can appreciate S-steen's raw power and charisma

Also Attended this by winning the lottery. Seats were in last row of mezzan... Read more Read less

100
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

91
Must see, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if Bruce opens a vein. The audience is lucky enough to peer behind the curtain at a rare moment of intimacy. True stage artistry.

Don't see it if Was this man born on the stage? His vulnerability might make you look away.

92
Mesmerizing, Profound, Fantastic

See it if you can get a ticket, & read his book first. Some sections of the show, including the opening, are direct quotes. The Boss still has it!

Don't see it if you're not a Springsteen fan and don't want to spend the $. It was an unforgettable evening.

81
Entertaining, Great singing, 2 1/2 hours long with no intermission

See it if you are a fan of the Boss.His stories are fascinating.He is the consummate performer.2 1/2 hours without a break is hard on the audience.

Don't see it if you aren't into Bruce or can't sit still for that long.As much as I enjoyed it, I was squirming after 1 1/2 hours, as were my companions.

95
Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if Bruce remains an engaging performer. Loved the stories about his life, and the new interpretations of old favorites.

Don't see it if If you’re expecting to hear the hits performed the way You’re used to them, you’ll be very disappointed.

95
Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you love Bruce and you love the simplicity of a piano, a mic and an amplified acoustic guitar. Bruce regales us with stories as he sings

Don't see it if you are not a Bruce fan

91
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Touching

See it if intimate stories and music of Bruce; mostly soulful bluesy ballads in between monologues that are often humorous or touching

Don't see it if you want more of his rousing music and want to see him feverishly jumping around the stage; want a jukebox musical; can't sit for over 2 hrs

90
Inspiring, Thoughtful, Unique experience, Humorous, Engaging

See it if seeking a different Broadway experience combining intelligent, earnest, and funny self-reflection with occasional songs to enhance emotion.

Don't see it if you won’t enjoy the premise of a one-man monologue-cum-acoustic concert; dislike Springsteen’s music immensely; expecting bells-&-whistles.

Also I went into Springsteen on Broadway an occasional listener to Bruce Sp... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You love Springsteen and want to know about his life though his songs.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Springsteen because you will be bored

90
Wistful, Haunting, Deeply personal, Must see, Intimate

See it if You're willing to see Springsteen in a new light, in a different kind of show.

Don't see it if You want to hear the radio versions of his hits.

Also Here, Springsteen reinvents and reinterprets his hits to such a degree... Read more Read less

99
Absorbing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound

See it if Rapt captive audience is treated to a memoir retrospective of Bruce's earliest days along with acoustic versions of his greatest hits

Don't see it if 2.5 hours without intermission requires restroom strategy for many; TSA-like security necessitates arriving earlier than typical 30 min

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You like Springsteen. You won’t have an opportunity like this again. I hope this is the start of many talented artists coming to Broadway.

Don't see it if You don’t like him. Nothing is going to change the fact that his is him, intimate, with little musical accompaniment. It is what it is.

94
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Masterful

See it if you are a Bruce fan and want to learn more about his life...

Don't see it if you have no interest in phenomenal music...

80
Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent, Profound, Overrated

See it if You're a die-hard Springsteen fan. He serves up an array of his songs from across the decades in stripped down glory.

Don't see it if You're not a longtime fan. Not knowing his whole catalog, I found the nostalgic take on the material more interesting than exciting.

Also This is a tough one for me to score. I went somewhere higher than how ... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Great writing, Masterful, Uneven, Intimate

See it if it’s interesting and special to watch a rock star perform in such an intimate setting. Decent writing and powerful singing.

Don't see it if uneven narrative after an hour of childhood memories jumps between adulthood, marriage, political views... Didn’t like Patti’s performance.

100
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

96
Riveting, Poetic, Masterful, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you're a devout Bruce fan & you can afford (or at least justify) the cost. It's a riveting & intimate autobiographical show. Deeply poetic.

Don't see it if you're expecting a 3.5 hour stadium show with the E Street Band. This is a stripped performance with as much monologue as there is music.

Also Don't expect a greatest hits rundown. This is a show about a life's jo... Read more Read less

89
A legend on stage, Greatest music

See it if You LOVE Bruce. I do (seen 30+ shows) and I am very glad I saw it. He's a master storyteller and his music speaks to my soul.

Don't see it if You have to spend an arm and a leg. This isn't an E Street show. It's a really solid one man show by a legend.

Also People (especially crazy Boss fans) are calling this life changing, sp... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if If you are a Springsteen fan, you cannot miss this. He relates the story of his life and how it influenced his art/music.

Don't see it if You don't like Springsteen, never listened to his music, his music didn't influence any part of your life. This is NOT a rock concert.

Also If you are 'of an age' or were brought up by a Springsteen fan, you wi... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You're a Bruce fan. If you're predisposed to love him, the you'll be gaga over this intimate performance.

Don't see it if You don't already love Bruce. As a casual listener, I found his stories overly sentimental. Some songs suffered without full band backup.

100
Absorbing, Great singing, Profound, Beautiful, Wow just wow

See it if You love music, theatre, art, insight into the inner workings of an artist.

Don't see it if Um, you’re boring or dead.


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...
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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,...
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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 remind...
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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 s...
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