Wednesday - June 28th, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Is Headed to Broadway


Jersey Boys couldn’t do it. Hamilton couldn’t do it. Not even Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway could do it. But now, finally, here is a show that will get the tough, blue-collar Tri-Stater in your life to fork over some money to see something on the Great White Way. You see, the patron saint of tough, blue-collar people who live in the Tri-State area will lead them there, Pied Piper-esque, himself. Bruce Springsteen—turnpike troubadour, messiah of the Meadowlands—is headed to Broadway.

Can you even believe it? The New York Post sure can, as it’s the one reporting it today. Specifically it’s theater gossip Michael Riedel, who puts aside his poison pen to predict big things for this epic theatrical event. Word is that Springsteen will arrive at the Kerr Theatre this fall, where he will play a scaled-down version of his arena tour five nights a week. Jujamcyn, the theater company that owns the 975-seat venue, won’t be charging Springsteen rent, Riedel reports. The thinking is that attendance will be so massive that it can just live off all the concession sales and whatnot. Which is a pretty safe bet!

This is an intimate evening with Bruce Springsteen in New York City we’re talking about, after all. Bruce Springsteen is setting up shop on Broadway! That’s huge. That’s Barbra Streisand-at-Barclays huge. That’s Dave Matthews-at-Red Rocks huge. Imagine if Carly Rae Jepsen bought a house on Fire Island and just regularly performed from her deck. That is how big this thing is. (Please do that, Carly Rae. Please?) The bridges and tunnels are going to be clogged with pilgrims seeking blessings for months. Chris Christie is going to sleep outside the theater like a _Rent_head. This show is just going to print money. With Bruce Springsteen’s face on it, because screw you, Ben Franklin. What has that four-eyes ever done for Asbury Park?

So, everyone should start putting their ticket-buying strategies together now. Because once those suckers go on sale, it is going to be fast and it is going to be brutal. Start training. Get used to refreshing Ticketmaster. Or, hell, pack up and move to the little tent city Chris Christie is setting up outside the Kerr as we speak. But don’t stress out too much. Springsteen will still tour to bigger venues at some point, of course. You’ll get a chance to see him even if this show sells out. And his music could be back on Broadway sooner than you think.

Riedel speculates that this could all be a preamble to a long-whispered-about musical adaptation of Springsteen’s memoir, Born to Run. That imagined musical would, presumably, feature many of the Boss’s biggest songs. Which could be a very big hit! Of course, it’s not Springsteen himself on stage, but still. It could be something. Especially if it was all set to Twyla Tharp choreography! Are we still doing that? Or did the Bob Dylan thing kinda put that to bed?

Anyway, if anyone’s told you that both theater and rock are dead, show them this news and say, “Nope.” A 67-year-old guy is gonna do a limited run on Broadway. Rock ‘n’ roll, and theater, can’t get more alive than that.

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