The Boss on Broadway
Bruce Springsteen will stage an intimate residency this fall on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre which include five shows or solo concerts a week for eight weeks starting in November.
The Post also posits that Springsteen’s Great White Way run is a precursor for a potential Broadway musical based on his recent memoir Born to Run, though that has yet to be confirmed by Springsteen or anyone in his camp. (1)
First Preview 03, Oct 2017
Opening Night 12, Oct 2017
Closing 30, Jun 2018
Walter Kerr Theatre
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen b Sept 1949 is an American singer-songwriter. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed “The Boss”, Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political sentiments centred on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice, and his lengthy and energetic stage performances—with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade running at up to four hours in length.
Springsteen’s recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born to Run (1975) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984), find pleasures in the struggles of daily American life. He has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and more than 64 million records in the United States, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999. In 2009, Springsteen was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, in 2013 was named MusiCares person of the year, and in 2016 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
On August 13, 1975, Springsteen and the E Street Band began a five-night, 10-show stand at New York’s The Bottom Line club. This attracted major media attention and was broadcast live on WNEW-FM. (Decades later, Rolling Stone magazine would name the stand as one of the 50 Moments That Changed Rock and Roll.) Oklahoma City rock radio station WKY, in association with Carson Attractions, staged an experimental promotional event that resulted in a sold out house at the (6,000 seat) Civic Center Music Hall. With the release of Born to Run on August 25, 1975, Springsteen finally found success. The album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and while reception at US top 40 radio outlets for the album’s two singles was not overwhelming (“Born to Run” reached a modest No. 23 on the Billboard charts, and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” peaked at No. 83), almost every track on the album received album-oriented rock airplay, especially “Born to Run”, “Thunder Road”, “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” and “Jungleland”, all of which remain perennial favourites on many classic rock stations.
Walter Kerr Theatre
Walter Kerr Theatre
The Walter Kerr Theatre is a Broadway theatre. Located at 219 West 48th Street, it is owned and operated by Jujamcyn Theaters. One of the smaller auditoriums in the Theater District, it seats 975. The theater was designed by Herbert J. Krapp and built as the Ritz Theatre in 1921 by the Shubert family. It was operated by ABC as a radio and then television studio between 1943 and 1965, and remained vacant from 1965 to 1971, when it reopened with the musical Soon, book by Martin Duberman, which closed after three performances.
Although it housed a number of productions in the next two years, it remained dark from 1973 to 1983. The last production to staged at the Ritz was Chu Chem. After it closed, Jujamcyn hired EverGreene Architectural Arts to renovate the interior. In 1990 it reopened, now renamed for theater critic Walter Kerr, with August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson.
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|219 W 48th St (between Broadway & 8th Ave) New York, NY 10036|
|Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; C, E, 1 to 50th St; N, Q, R to 49th St|
|Mon – Sat 10am to 8pm daily|
|Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. Please be advised that where there are steps either into or within the theatre we are unable to provide assistance.|
|Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is available in the Orchestra only.|
|There is a wheelchair accessible restroom located on the orchestra level|
(1) Rolling Stone Magazine Here