'Springsteen on Broadway': The Boss is bringing his epic Broadway show to Netflix
'Springsteen on Broadway', a solo acoustic performance written and performed by Grammy Award winner Bruce Springsteen, will release on Netflix on December 15
Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will be releasing Bruce Springsteen's long-running one-man stage show 'Springsteen on Broadway' globally on December 15. The day happens to coincide with the final night of Springsteen's sold-out 236-show run at Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway.
'Springsteen on Broadway' is a solo acoustic performance written and performed by the Tony Award, Academy Award, and 20-time Grammy Award winner Bruce Springsteen. The show is chiefly based on the musician's best-selling autobiography 'Born to Run', the title of which was inspired from his iconic 1975 album 'Born to Run'.
While the show is majorly a lone performance by Springsteen who accompanies himself on the piano, guitar, and harmonica, it also features his wife Patti Scialfa who joins him on stage for a few songs.
After previews on October 3, 2017, 'Springsteen on Broadway' had officially opened on October 12 and has since been a major financial success. According to The New York Times, with a price of $510 per ticket, the show had grossed $76 million so far with a total audience count of 151,549. The numbers are staggering despite the fact that Springsteen has done fewer shows (around four to five per week) than the usual Broadway productions.
The show has been produced by Emmy Award-winner Thom Zimny who had edited the 2001 rock revival chronicling Bruce Springsteen's first tour with E Street Band called 'Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live in New York City'. Along with Zimny, the film on Netflix is also being produced by the team who were actually behind the production of 'Springsteen on Broadway', which includes Jon Landau (Springsteen's manager), George Travis (Springsteen's tour director) and Landau Management partner Barbara Carr.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix's Chief Content Officer, has said, "We are thrilled to bring Bruce Springsteen — a master storyteller, humanitarian, and voice of the everyman — to Netflix in this historic one-man show. This groundbreaking experience defies the boundaries of theater, concerts, and film and will give our global audience an intimate look at one of the biggest cultural icons of our time.”
Landau has said that the show helps bring the audience in a more intimate contact with the musician: "The purpose of the film is to bring this incredibly intimate show to Bruce’s entire audience intact and complete. In addition to its many other virtues, Netflix has provided for a simultaneous worldwide release which is particularly important for our massive international audience. Ted Sarandos and the entire company’s support has been a perfect match for Bruce’s personal commitment to the filmed version of 'Springsteen on Broadway."
Listen to the 1975 song 'Born to Run' which inspired the title of the autobiography on which 'Springsteen on Broadway' is based.