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.

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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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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

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


"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

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

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

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

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

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


"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

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

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

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

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

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


“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


"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

USA Today

"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." Full Review

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

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

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

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


“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

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

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

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.

Funny, Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love and follow the Boss. It's very different to a big concert, it's nice to see him in a different genre.

Don't see it if you expect a big arena-show.

Absorbing, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing, 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

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

Masterful, Great writing, Great singing, 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.

Absorbing, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

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

Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound, Overrated, Great singing

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

Absorbing, Masterful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You are a Bruuuuce fan! It is basically his autobiography told so well, with explicit detail, with about 10-12 songs throughout the show.

Don't see it if If you think you are going to see a shortened version of a Springsteen Concert with all of your favorite hits- he does some of the big hits.

Profound, Fantastic, Mesmerizing

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Informative, Engrossing, Indefatigable

See it if You want to learn what & how ones environment directly effects creativity/beliefs. This is basically a stage production of his autobiography

Don't see it if You are expecting a full blown concert. Springsteen does sing & plays instuments throughout the monologue. Should see show

Absorbing, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Charming

See it if you are lucky enough to score a ticket! It's like Bruce is talking & singing just to you. Really electric to be in such an intimate venue.

Don't see it if you may nod off easily. It's introspective & he is on stage by himself, except for 2 songs when Patti joins him . Dialog chunks are long.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Springsteen and know his music. This is not a concert. It’s a thoughtful and beautifully shared autobiogphay set to music.

Don't see it if You’re not a Springsteen fan. This show is for true fans. This isn’t a greatest hits concert. It’s a one man shoe.

Also I laughed. I cried. I danced in the dark. The Boss goes deep with his ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Masterful, Resonant, Riveting, Poetic

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 All in all it was an extremely memorable night at the theater. If you'... Read more Read less

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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


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

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.

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

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.

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

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