Bruce Springsteen To Reopen Broadway With Revival Of One-Man Show

Bruce Springsteen is single-handedly reanimating New York City’s theater scene with a return engagement of his one-man “Springsteen on Broadway” production.

The Boss Is Back: Springsteen caught many people happily off-guard with a Monday announcement of the revival of his musically autobiographical show, which racked up 236 performances between October 2017 and June 2018. "The Boss" received a special Tony Award for the production, which was streamed on Netflix NFLX in December 2018.

Springsteen used his Twitter TWTR page to announce, “'Springsteen On Broadway' will return this summer for a limited run of performances at @Jujamcyn's St. James Theatre. Shows begin June 26 with additional performances through September 4."

Separately, the show’s organizers stated that audience members will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering the theater.

Prior to Springsteen’s announcement, the first Broadway production in a post-pandemic New York City was going to be “Hadestown,” the 2019 Tony winner for Best Musical, which is slated to open on Sept. 2.

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Sounds Of Praise And Snark: For Springsteen’s fans, the news of his return to Broadway set off a flurry of excitement.

“I was very fortunate to see the show in its initial run,” tweeted filmmaker Doug Dalton. “If you are a fan, I cannot stress enough how wonderful this show is. See it if you can.”

Writer and podcaster Molly Ness, who calls herself a “shameless fan of Bruce Springsteen” in her Twitter profile, tweeted, “Best news ever...the love of my life @springsteen is returning this summer to #broadway #savemeaseat #fangirl #ilovetheboss.”

But not everyone was ecstatic over the news. Maddie McClouskey, a singer/writer and host of Theatre Games on the Pop Culture Co-op platform, tweeted, “Broadway is returning...On Pride Weekend...With Bruce Springsteen leading the return...At least the straight tourists will have somewhere to go that is not the Village for a little bit.”

And entertainer/podcaster Robbie Rozelle gave the ultimate back-handed compliment, tweeting, “Very excited that Bruce Springsteen can monologue over one chord again on Broadway.”

(Photo courtesy of Netflix.)

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