Netflix’s ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ an intimate, revealing performance


‘Springsteen on Broadway’ – The Boss on The Boss

“Springsteen on Broadway” begins streaming Saturday on Netflix.

If you’re like 95 percent of the country and don’t get to Broadway like you used to – or at all – then you’ve obviously missed the critically acclaimed one-man show put on by Bruce Springsteen for the past 14 months at the Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre. But this week, that changes – provided you have a Netflix subscription.

In “Springsteen on Broadway,” which streams Saturday, Dec. 15, the same night as the show’s final performance, the man known as “The Boss” gives an intimate account of his life through a series of monologues mixed with an acoustic set of favorites such as – according to reviews – “Born to Run,” “Thunder Road,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Brilliant Disguise” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”

It was one of the toughest tickets to get on the Great White Way, with performances sold out from its opening in October 2017 and seats going for thousands of dollars. But by all accounts, the show was one for ages.

So if you’re one of the many who can’t wait for Friday to catch this historic show, here are a number of options on streaming to tide you over:

“Bruce Springsteen: Video Biography” (Amazon): Rare footage of live performances mixed with critical analysis of his music endeavor to define what has made Bruce Springsteen such a musical icon.

“Bruce Springsteen in His Own Words” (Sundance Now): This 2016 documentary traces Springsteen’s life from his formative years to global superstardom and features rare and unseen footage of the legendary rocker on and off stage.

“The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts” (Amazon): Originally broadcast on HBO in 2009, this landmark concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden features a laundry list of rock luminaries, including Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills and Nash, U2 and, of course, Springsteen and the E Street Band.

“Springsteen & I” (Netflix): From the U.K. comes this 2013 documentary by and for fans of “The Boss” that examines his enduring popularity and features never-before-seen concert footage.

“Bruce Springsteen: Glory Days” (Amazon): Yep, it’s the 1985 music video that shows Springsteen and the E Street Band in their element, performing this cut from the “Born in the USA” album in a bar.


George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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