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"'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
"The rare example of a thing not lost, but found, in translation...The stage version follows the film pretty closely. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why it plays better...The songs — somewhat generically Broadway-sounding, but good of their kind — do most of the heavy lifting...What gives ‘Benny & Joon’ its periodic lift is the stuff Pinkham brings to the table...Pinkham is the show's wild card...The book...improves on the original screenplay by fleshing out the story of Joon.” Full Review