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
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. Read more
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.
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 Read more
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.
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. Read more
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.
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. Read more
“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.”
"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."
"'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.”
"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."
“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."
"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."
"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."
"'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."