Bruce Springsteen confirmed those swirling rumors today — yes, he is headed for Broadway.
No, he’s not signing up for the lead in “Phantom of the Opera” (though we totally could see him crushing it on the title role), he’ll be performing an eight-week solo show, appropriately titled “Springsteen on Broadway.”
The show plays in preview beginning Oct. 3, with a main run of Oct. 12-Nov. 26 at the 960-seat Walter Kerr Theatre. The show will include songs from throughout his career, Variety reports, and likely include tunes that have not been released or even recorded yet. He’ll also read from portions of his memoir “Born to Run.”
“I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible,” Springsteen said in a statement, according to Variety. “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.”
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