A lengthy residency by a musician isn’t all that uncommon nowadays. For the past couple of years we’ve found the great Billy Joel doing one at Madison Square Garden that offers fans a show a month until he gets tired of doing them. Then there are the Las Vegas takeovers that bands like Def Leppard, Motley Crue and KISS have done but we rarely find this happening on Broadway in The Big Apple – until now as the legendary Bruce Springsteen “The Boss” will present an intimate performance for several weeks. Check out the official scoop on it that I secured from his website. I’ll return at the close with some notes.
The Press Release:
Bruce Springsteen will make his Broadway debut this fall with “Springsteen on Broadway,” a solo show at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street). Performances for “Springsteen on Broadway” begin Tuesday, October 3, with an official opening on Thursday, October 12. Springsteen will perform five shows a week through November 26th.
Tickets for “Springsteen on Broadway” will go on sale August 30 at 10am ET exclusively through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®. This unique fan-first technology levels the playing field to combat bots and get real tickets into the hands of fans who intend to go to the event.
Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration begins today and will close August 27. Verified fans will be notified August 29 for the August 30 onsale. Visit brucespringsteen.net/broadway for more information about how to pre-register and details on the show.
“I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible. I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I’ve played in the last 40 years. My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value,” says Springsteen.
“Bruce Springsteen is one of our greatest musical storytellers, and Broadway is built on a beloved tradition of musical storytelling. What a once-in-a lifetime thrill for all of us at Jujamcyn to welcome Bruce home to his rightful place in the Broadway legacy,” says Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns the Walter Kerr.
The creative team for “Springsteen on Broadway” includes Heather Wolensky (scenic design), Natasha Katz (lighting design) and Brian Ronan (sound design). For more information on the show and how to register for tickets, visit the website at the close of this announcement.
October: 3-7, 10-11 & 13-14, 17-21, 24-28, 31
November: 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-22 & 24-26
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: So I will admit to you readers that I love myself a good Broadway show every now and again and have caught some truly wonderful shows over the years but of course the prices of these tickets have prevented me from going for quite some time. Broadway fans can likely agree with me on the almost impossibility of getting a decent seat for a popular show nowadays and this is kind of what I am expecting the music fans to face when Bruce begins his residency. Mathematically speaking, eight weeks of shows with five nights a week amount to about 39,000 overall tickets for the whole run. That is less than half of the space in the Met Life Stadium where The Boss sells out for four or five consecutive nights while on tour. I expect all of the tickets for this to sell out quickly and that those who are the most ardent of the Bruce fans will be going again and again. One has to hope that he plans on recording a few of the shows for some sort of companion audio or video release since that would make the most sense. I don’t report on a lot of Springsteen stuff here on PiercingMetal but as I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, one always can find room for the legendary Rock acts even if they are doing an intimate discussion meets acoustic show. This sounds interesting and I wonder what you folks think about it. You can let me know in the comments down below. Will you be catching one of these shows or several? As I wind down on this one I am dreading the input of the residency dates into our Events Calendar since there are so many but hey, it’s The Boss!!! 🙂
Official Website: http://www.brucespringsteen.net/broadway