Members say: Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see

About the show

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

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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.


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See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

90
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

90
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

90
Theatermania

"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

95
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

80
Village Voice

"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." Full Review

90
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

80
Chicago Tribune

“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.” Full Review

85
Deadline

"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

85
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

90
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

85
NY1

"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

90
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

80
Daily Beast

"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." Full Review

85
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

90
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

85
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

90
Interludes

“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

45
NJ.com

"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." Full Review

85
New Yorker

"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." Full Review

85
New York Magazine / Vulture

"'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.” Full Review

90
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

95
People

“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

85
The Huffington Post

"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." Full Review

90
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

80
The Associated Press

"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." Full Review

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93
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love The Boss - this show is for a diehard fan and he delivers in every way!

Don't see it if you want to go to a concert. This is not that - this is a scripted show with acoustic songs.

100
Beautiful, Absorbing, Profound, Great singing, 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.

90
Absorbing, Intense, Masterful, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You love Bruce and are willing to pay a somewhat outrageous price for an intimate, no-frills show. A brave and heartfelt performance.

Don't see it if You are not an obsessive Springsteen fan or only want the music (and not a deep dive into his life and character).

Also I have seen many Springsteen performances and have always much preferr... Read more Read less

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

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

95
Masterful

See it if you have experienced Bruce in other venues and want something rarely seen--a Superstar reclaiming his relationship with his audience.

Don't see it if Bruce's music means nothing to you.

Also He shares his journey with the audience on his terms in an intimate se... Read more Read less

75
Intense, Slow, Entertaining, Great singing, Intimate

See it if you grew up to the songs of Springsteen and want to see an intimate and pared down, but no less intense, performance.

Don't see it if you don't know or enjoy his music. The storytelling is confusing if you're not familiar with his life. Also a bit slow at times.

Also Nostalgia (and obviously familiarity) play a big role in whether you'l... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You would like to understand how Springsteen thinks, creates, and explains his life's musical history, which drives the narrative.

Don't see it if You are looking for one of his rock shows. This is smaller, intimate, and not a sing or clap along spectacle. It's drama.

94
Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like great story telling and seeing a legend in action.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional Bruce concert

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear about a "stars" journey and get a deeper insight into this persons life and music

Don't see it if you aren't the least bit interested in Bruce Springsteen's music or life

Also I was surprised by this show. I thought it was more concert and less s... Read more Read less

92
Poignant, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, All bruce!!!

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 glamor.

93
Poignant, Absorbing, Resonant, Not a concert

See it if you like Bruce and you are a liberal; you like the complexity in his lyrics and his stories; you don't mind paying a high price

Don't see it if You are expecting BBRRRUUUCCEEE. This is a mostly quiet and poignant show. If you lean conservative you might get turned off.

Also This is a one of a kind experience but it is pricey. It is not a conce... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if your love the Boss and want a once-in-a-lifetime, intimate experience of his storytelling.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy "unplugged" versions of classic rock songs.

100
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Great singing

See it if You want to see an American poet in an intimate setting. The show is a powerful, emotional combination of words and music.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the life and career of an American rock legend

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a show by a master craftsman in his field pulling back the veil and letting the audience in on his background and feelings.

Don't see it if You don't like Springsteen's music.

85
Intense, Masterful, Slow

See it if you can get tickets. Everyone at the show knows how lucky they are to be there. Such a personal intimate evening with the Boss.

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with Bruce's music -- the show can be slow at times given how parsed down some of his arrangements are.

86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great singing

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

90
Epic, Intense, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You like Bruce in an acoustic caberet

Don't see it if You are looking for rock band playing greatest hits

90
Riveting, Entertaining, Unique

See it if you want to know more about Springsteen's life and inspiration for his music. This was an intimate, absorbing show - more talking than song

Don't see it if you are expecting a 3 hour mega concert

100
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

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

90
Absorbing, Must see, Profound, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like/love, the Boss, a soulful & intimate evening, want a once in a lifetime experience, ok w/a somewhat scripted evening w/a heart.

Don't see it if The Boss never did it for u, entertainers baring their souls gives you indigestion and the price tag "not worth it". You Hate Cabaret style.

100
Epic, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you want something totally different and moving. I laughed and I cried many times. Bruce is at his best.

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

88
Epic, Profound, Great singing

See it if you're a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. This is a truly special experience.

Don't see it if you don't like Bruce Springsteen's music or storytelling

96
Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if want to see Springsteen masterfully telling stories woven into his music with only Bruce, his guitars, harmonica, and his piano

Don't see it if If you can get a ticket, there is no reason not to see this great performance.

Also Seeing Springsteen in an intimate theater setting instead of a stadium... Read more Read less

95
Wow! do not miss this opportunity to see a masterful musician and storyteller!

See it if Like Bruce Springsteen's music but even more his writing and hearing his story delivered poetically and very introspectively.

Don't see it if Thinking it is a Bruce concert or some jukebox musical.

Also Everything that was wrong and horrendous with Red Rose Green Gold ( an... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Resonant, Great writing

See it if to see a stadium rock star in this intimate setting is a unique once in a lifetime experience

Don't see it if you were born recently or not a fan of the boss


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